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# 165766 20-Feb-2015 08:08
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I have used dx.com but they don't have a Note 2014 10.1 cover that my wife likes but Amazon do but amazon want to charge freight to the same value as the cover ! [dx.com dont' charge freight]

I suspect there are alternatives to dx.com, what are the ?

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  # 1242773 20-Feb-2015 08:10
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aliexpress.com



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  # 1242775 20-Feb-2015 08:12
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Sites I have personally used which are likely to sell that sort of stuff...

www.ebay.com*
www.aliexpress.com*
www.dinodirect.com
www.gearbest.com

Used by others I know...

www.focalprice.com

* Marketplaces for different sellers. I recommend AliExpress however due to their escrow service.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1242785 20-Feb-2015 08:37
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Another to add to the list
t i n y d e a l.com

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  # 1242800 20-Feb-2015 09:03
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I've used Banggood.com quite a bit and their service has actually been pretty good when goods didn't arrive or were faulty. 
Most of the time the goods have been fine, and you can display their site in $NZ

Usual big delays before the free shipping options arrive, but that's common to them all.



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  # 1242869 20-Feb-2015 10:09
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I use aliexpress a lot, so +1 to previous mentions.

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  # 1243087 20-Feb-2015 14:25
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Jaxson: I've used Banggood.com quite a bit and their service has actually been pretty good when goods didn't arrive or were faulty. 



+1
bangood resent my water damaged order , without any fuss. Only took 1 message via their website . They even replaced the stuff not damaged in the order


But in general....
ALLWAYS use paypal, allways
Allways use the tracked courier option , sometimes costs $2 more
The tracking on some international couriers/post simply doesnt work, sometimes no updates on the tracking sites untill after it arrives in NZ .
With free delivery ,the delivery cost will be added to the list price, and sometimes will be via the cheapest/nastiest 3rd world courier possible.

Chinese new year holidays at the moment, I would wait a month before ordering . Expect delays .

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  # 1243093 20-Feb-2015 14:31
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Lots of places have some staff working thru now.

I've had a couple of shipment notifications this week for things ordered this week.




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  # 1243109 20-Feb-2015 15:11
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1101: sometimes will be via the cheapest/nastiest 3rd world courier possible.

 Expect delays .


Fully agree.

If you need it in a hurry, buy local.

Watch for buying local where they are just buying from china themselves though.

Local businesses need to have immediateness as one of their selling points.  No point going to a local shop who says they can order that in for you.  You can do that yourself.

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  # 1243194 20-Feb-2015 17:11
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1101:
Jaxson: I've used Banggood.com quite a bit and their service has actually been pretty good when goods didn't arrive or were faulty. 



+1
bangood resent my water damaged order , without any fuss. Only took 1 message via their website . They even replaced the stuff not damaged in the order


But in general....
ALLWAYS use paypal, allways
Allways use the tracked courier option , sometimes costs $2 more
The tracking on some international couriers/post simply doesnt work, sometimes no updates on the tracking sites untill after it arrives in NZ .
With free delivery ,the delivery cost will be added to the list price, and sometimes will be via the cheapest/nastiest 3rd world courier possible.

Chinese new year holidays at the moment, I would wait a month before ordering . Expect delays .


I find aliexpress really good at protecting the buyer (a lot better than trademe etc) you pay when you order but you have to confirm you get what you paid for, if you did then all fine aliexpress releases the payment to seller, if not you open a dispute and both buyer/seller try to work it out if not aliexpress will.

I used bangood once but was thinking it was like aliexpress and would get tracking however it did not but the product did turn up in 3 weeks so was happy :)

Just remember however if you order clothes from these places add about 2 sizes up otherwise you will end up with clothes for very little people :P



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  # 1243196 20-Feb-2015 17:12
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Oh and another thing

Always buy phone covers, screen protectors from places like aliexpress, saw the same glass screen protector I purchased for 4US dollars sold on trademe for over $20 and in a well known IT shop for $40



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  # 1243212 20-Feb-2015 17:40
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Aliexpress is getting more and more expensive.

I'm toying with the idea of getting the flatmate to do a taobao order for me since youshop are in china. Will see about sorting out a re shipper at the other end of the country some other time.




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  # 1243458 21-Feb-2015 09:25
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aliexpress

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  # 1243459 21-Feb-2015 09:26
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I've been using ebay.com.au a lot recently.  You can sort by "price + shipping" and find a lot of sellers based in asia or dropshipping who are often cheaper than dx/aliexpress.  You have to wait a while sometimes, but that's to be expected.

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  # 1243975 22-Feb-2015 00:31
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mrtoken:
I find aliexpress really good at protecting the buyer (a lot better than trademe etc) you pay when you order but you have to confirm you get what you paid for, if you did then all fine aliexpress releases the payment to seller, if not you open a dispute and both buyer/seller try to work it out if not aliexpress will.




I have found Aliexpress poor to deal with. I ordered something, and it was incorrectly advertised by the seller. Infact they were selling the same goods under different titles, at significantly different prices. I opened a dispute, and asked for it to be escalated to Aliexpress as I couldn't get it resolved with the seller. But after weeks, the dispute was still open with Aliexpress, and I couldn't get through to anyone at aliexpress directly. So had no option but to go back to the seller and accept their solution, which wasn't a good one. There doesn't appear to be anyway of actually contacting Aliexpress. I have had far more success using ebay and DX.com. Won't buy off aliexpress ever again.

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  # 1243976 22-Feb-2015 00:33
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ubergeeknz: I've been using ebay.com.au a lot recently.  You can sort by "price + shipping" and find a lot of sellers based in asia or dropshipping who are often cheaper than dx/aliexpress.  You have to wait a while sometimes, but that's to be expected.


This is what I have been doing for things like cables and PC convertor plugs. You can pick things up for a few dollars, whereas if you go into a NZ store the same things can be up to $20-40. It does feel a little wrong though that they can make these thing that cheaply and send them here, for half the price of the what it costs to ship something within NZ.

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