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Topic # 111897 19-Nov-2012 09:43 Send private message

So I have been noticing that people are using 3rd party websites to have their goods delivered from a country to another. NZ Post is doing this too (although I heard their service was overpriced).

So what is the best website to do this?

I found a couple but have no idea if they are reliable or not..

Since it's free ground shipping within USA for most retailers if I purchase X amount of goods, I figured this would be a huge money savior.

Any tips? :P

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  Reply # 719324 19-Nov-2012 09:48 Send private message

I suggest you read the NZ Post Youshop discussion for an idea, including speed and price.





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  Reply # 719344 19-Nov-2012 10:06 Send private message

I use Shipito and haven't had any trouble. I don't know how the price compares with YouShop; I haven't had to use the service since YouShop started up.

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  Reply # 719348 19-Nov-2012 10:11 Send private message

Shipito gives many more options for which shipping company to use and means you can use anything from international courier to economy shipping (FedEx, DHL, USPS etc) I have used them numerous times and always found them to be reliable in processing.

YouShop I'm currently trying for the first time, there is much more information on it in the discussion linked to above. So far communication has been good and it has worked out $10 cheaper than the equivalent service in shipito. Youshop do only have one delivery speed though so if I ever wanted something asap I would use shipito.

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  Reply # 719354 19-Nov-2012 10:17 Send private message

Be careful if you are only approaching this to save cost - more often after Taxes, Customs, and shipping added on top, the savings quickly disappear.

I would recommend people to use forwarding for goods that cannot be obtained easily here - take certain size clothing, or items that have regional characteristics for example (fancy a PS controller with a different button layout?)

There are plenty of instances of people who have plugged in electrical appliances of the wrong voltage, have their iDevices stolen and replaced by other items or some other owner's items sent mistakenly.

Unless you are prepared to ship basic items like soap and toothpaste to offset the shipping cost, it is more trouble than it is worth looking solely from a cost saving goal.



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  Reply # 719356 19-Nov-2012 10:21 Send private message

i thought the customs tax only come in when the tax value is more than $60? (so like items worth more than $400)

i am planning to buy some t-shirts XD

what if i had them ship to me separately to avoid costs? like sending 2~3 t shirts at a time?

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  Reply # 721773 23-Nov-2012 11:04 Send private message

gogokr431: i thought the customs tax only come in when the tax value is more than $60? (so like items worth more than $400)

i am planning to buy some t-shirts XD

what if i had them ship to me separately to avoid costs? like sending 2~3 t shirts at a time?

watch out clothing attracts duty (10%), and if duty+gst >= NZ$60 you'll get charged for both plus handling fees.

the threshold for electronics is NZ$400 since there is zero duty, for clothing it's more like NZ$220, bags $280 (5% duty).

use this: http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/

and watch for exchange rate fluctuates.



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