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  Reply # 762062 14-Feb-2013 08:45 Send private message quote this post

Not wrong, but a simplified version.




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  Reply # 762110 14-Feb-2013 10:27 Send private message quote this post

ahmad: The reason being that your items may be housed in different warehouses across the country and they aren't going to combine them into a single shipment for you in that case.


It doesn't even seem to require that for Amazon to ship in separate shipments.

I bought a couple of pairs of shoes from myhabit, which is a shop run by Amazon, the two items were shipped from what appeared to be the same warehouse (the tracking shows them leaving from the same town at the exact same time).  My shoes were sent as two separate packages.

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  Reply # 762188 14-Feb-2013 12:17 Send private message quote this post

My last one arrived, it was a pcie card in a PCIe card sized box, In about a cubic foot of box with loads of padding around it. Not as bad as the sim card I got from DSE when 2 degrees launched, but pretty close.

$45ish of youshop ate any savings.

Its just too risky to get small things that require double boxing since amazon dont seem to care about volume when its going free super saver shipping.




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  Reply # 762223 14-Feb-2013 12:49 Send private message quote this post

Ouch, so I got stung with the volumetric weight which was double the actual weight so instead of $35 it was $55 and it is going to take 2 weeks to get to me. It does state this about the volumetric weight, but just wasn't aware and 2 weeks from America to NZ? I pay 2-3US for ebay items from China to NZ that are here within a week.

edit: This was for a pair of shoes and 2 t-shirts.

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  Reply # 762251 14-Feb-2013 13:29 Send private message quote this post

Distorter: Ouch, so I got stung with the volumetric weight which was double the actual weight so instead of $35 it was $55 and it is going to take 2 weeks to get to me. It does state this about the volumetric weight, but just wasn't aware and 2 weeks from America to NZ? I pay 2-3US for ebay items from China to NZ that are here within a week.

edit: This was for a pair of shoes and 2 t-shirts.


They say two weeks to be safe, it's usually ~5-7 days (in my experience)


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  Reply # 762606 14-Feb-2013 20:04 Send private message quote this post

i have 2 parcels on the way from usa through you shop,they can be expensive.

parcel no1 4cm x 28cm x 18cm

parcel weight 0.4kg

$17.25 postage to nz.

parcel no2 22cm x 21cm x 1cm

parcel weight 0.09kg

$17.25 postage to nz

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  Reply # 770421 26-Feb-2013 12:30 Send private message quote this post

YouShop now offers discount on multiple packages. First parcel charged at full price. Each subsequent parcel a NZD$6 discount will apply

http://csc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/548/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzYxODM0MjU4L3NpZC9Id0I1T01qbA%3D%3D




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  Reply # 770424 26-Feb-2013 12:35 Send private message quote this post

Is there an annual limit on goods you can import for private use?

Just thinking if you're continously importing goods between $100/200 value, it will soon add up.... but I can't find anything on the Customs or IRD website




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  Reply # 770431 26-Feb-2013 12:46 Send private message quote this post

antoniosk: Is there an annual limit on goods you can import for private use?

Just thinking if you're continously importing goods between $100/200 value, it will soon add up.... but I can't find anything on the Customs or IRD website



As I understand, the threshold applied is simply due to Custom's discretion, it's not worth them collecting, so they exercise discretion not to collect, but there is nothing to say they can't.

So no there is no specific "limit" to the number of items from overseas you can import personally, if you are legitimately importing stuff for your own purposes (not resale) and not actively trying to avoid customs fees by getting packages split up and sent to you separately, you are most unlikely to be pinged for low value packages.

However, if you get 500 packages each valued at $50 all from the same place on the same day, customs are probably going to notice that pretty quickly and exercise their discretion to combine them for the valuation and send you a bill :-)







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  Reply # 770564 26-Feb-2013 15:50 Send private message quote this post

So far so good with YouShop.

This was my experience ordering a Nexus 4:
  • Day 1: Item ships from google
  • Day 2: Item was delivered to the YouShop warehouse. (according to UPS)
  • Day 3: YouShop tells me they have received the item. I pay in 15 minutes.
  • Day 5: Item status changes: On the way to NZ. (the address is in Auckland). Estimated time: 5-7 days.
  • Day 8: The item gets an NZ tracking number, but is listed as "Not yet tracked" in their system. I'm assuming this means it has entered NZ but is awaiting customs?
Today is Day 10 and no status changes yet.

My only gripes:
  1. I wish there no delay between accepting the US delivery at the warehouse and the system telling me they had it.
  2. I wish I could store a card with them and authorize the shipping payment by replying to a text the same way I can top up a pre-pay account on 2degrees.

Other than that, it has been a good experience.

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  Reply # 770582 26-Feb-2013 15:57 Send private message quote this post

carleeto: So far so good with YouShop.
    Day 8: The item gets an NZ tracking number, but is listed as "Not yet tracked" in their system. I'm assuming this means it has entered NZ but is awaiting customs?


Can also mean it's about to turn up at your door.

Tracking when it comes to NZ Post is a hit and miss affair, even if you pay for tracking, they might or might not actually scan the parcels.

I sometimes get tracked items from deep dark mainland China, full tracking right up to "Arrived in Auckland" when it hits customs, from then it seems to depend on what mood the NZ Post staff are in as to if there are any further tracking updates or if it just magically arrives at my door a couple days later.





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  Reply # 771881 28-Feb-2013 19:09 Send private message quote this post

With this multiple parcel discount, any idea how will Customs calculate import duty?

For example, if you chose to consolidate three parcels. 

Will Customs calculate it cumulatively? That is, they add up the total value + shipping of all 3 parcels, and if it exceeds the $60 threshold, they whack on the import duty charges etc. 

OR

Do they assess each of the three parcels individually?
Parcel 1 value + shipping does not exceed the $60 threshold = no import duty charges
Parcel 2 value + shipping exceeds $60 threshold = import duty charges
Parcel 3 value + shipping does not exceed $60 threshold = no import duty charges 





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  Reply # 771918 28-Feb-2013 20:14 Send private message quote this post

It's a single parcel into the country so they will be inv 1 + inv 2 + inv 3 + shipping into country by YouShop.




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  Reply # 771970 28-Feb-2013 22:20 Send private message quote this post

ah yes, i didn't think it will be shipped as a single parcel. duh. i question the savings with this multiple parcel discount. 



(1) if you have three parcels and they are going to place it into a single box and assuming they use volumetric weight to charge, you are unlikely to find a box that will fit three parcels snugly. it will probably be an ill-fitting box with spaces/gaps which will increase the volumetric weight. 

(2) if it's 3 invoices + shipping charge, you are probably more likely (than if you shipped each parcel individually) be over and above the customs $60 threshold. 

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  Reply # 771974 28-Feb-2013 22:28 Send private message quote this post

freitasm: It's a single parcel into the country so they will be inv 1 + inv 2 + inv 3 + shipping into country by YouShop.


From: http://csc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/548/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzYxODM0MjU4L3NpZC9Id0I1T01qbA%3D%3D
"To receive a multiple parcels discount parcels do not need to be sent to the same New Zealand address."

I guess they might combine at the US and then split again in NZ, but seems more work than necessary.




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