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Topic # 109104 12-Sep-2012 15:43
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Just found out about a new forward service by NZ Post called YouShop.... An option for those buying electronics in the US via our Amazon link (not so subtle hint)?




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  Reply # 685022 12-Sep-2012 15:46
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Well, as long as you don't want battery-powered electronics, anyway:

Dangerous or prohibited items
You can’t send prohibited items through the YouShop service. The most common examples of items that can’t be sent include perfume, aftershave, items containing lithium-ion batteries, ink cartridges and aerosols. We'll take these items out before sending you any remaining items in the parcel. Anything we remove will be destroyed or disposed of. New Zealand Post is not liable for any prohibited items that are destroyed, so please consider our list when you're shopping.




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  Reply # 685028 12-Sep-2012 15:50
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freitasm: WTF?


Seriously. I don't understand all the hating on Li-Ion batteries. How many planes have been downed by a burning battery anyway? I'm guessing the number is the same as the number of ships that have been sunk by them - zero.




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  Reply # 685033 12-Sep-2012 15:55
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Yes, I know. Airlines should ask everyone to hand their iPad, Kindle and iPhone before flight and send them over via truck.




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  Reply # 685035 12-Sep-2012 15:58
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So it's okay for businesses to ship devices internationally with lithium ion batteries, but consumers cannot?!

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  Reply # 685037 12-Sep-2012 16:02
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How long before their address/es are blacklisted by NewEgg?




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  Reply # 685038 12-Sep-2012 16:02
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It's ok to buy a laptop from Ascent and have it shipped by NZ Post CourierPost, but try going to a NZ Post branch to send a laptop to anyone via the same NZ Post CourierPost service and see if you can get past the agent...





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  Reply # 685040 12-Sep-2012 16:04
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Detruire: How long before their address/es are blacklisted by NewEgg?


Why?  just curious, I've never bought anything from newegg, but why would it make a difference to them?

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  Reply # 685041 12-Sep-2012 16:04
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I'm completely confused about the ink cartridges ban. A Li-Ion battery ban is somewhat understandable if hysterically over the top. But what the hell can an ink cartridge do?

Unless... unless ink cartridges really ARE made of plutonium-doped unicorn tears, and it's the plutonium they're worried about?

But then... we can load plutonium onto a million tons of explosive and throw it at Mars, so maybe that's not it at all.

EDIT: I am so having a fat-fingers afternoon.




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  Reply # 685042 12-Sep-2012 16:10
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Detruire: How long before their address/es are blacklisted by NewEgg?


Why?? just curious, I've never bought anything from newegg, but why would it make a difference to them?

I'm not certain, but I believe that it's because they're leaned on by suppliers to only sell to US/CA.




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  Reply # 685044 12-Sep-2012 16:12
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Detruire:
I'm not certain, but I believe that it's because they're leaned on by suppliers to only sell to US/CA.


Wouldn't surprise me TBH... so their suppliers can overinflate prices in other regions? :-/



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  Reply # 685052 12-Sep-2012 16:18
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SaltyNZ: Well, as long as you don't want battery-powered electronics, anyway:

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You can’t send prohibited items through the YouShop service. The most common examples of items that can’t be sent include perfume, aftershave, items containing lithium-ion batteries, ink cartridges and aerosols. We'll take these items out before sending you any remaining items in the parcel. Anything we remove will be destroyed or disposed of. New Zealand Post is not liable for any prohibited items that are destroyed, so please consider our list when you're shopping.


Actually, the Amazon Kindle uses Lithium Polymer so that should be fine. Mobile phones on the other hand...






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  Reply # 685053 12-Sep-2012 16:21
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freitasm: 

Actually, the Amazon Kindle uses Lithium Polymer so that should be fine. Mobile phones on the other hand...




Well, I wondered about that too. But it's not a risk I would be prepared to take -- how is a packer moving probably a hundred items an hour going to know the difference between Lithium Polymer and Lithium Ion batteries? It would help to have a better list of prohibited items, as opposed to 'the most common...'




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  Reply # 685054 12-Sep-2012 16:21
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The rules around battery renders the service useless for most of us techies.

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  Reply # 685057 12-Sep-2012 16:22
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I'm not certain, but I believe that it's because they're leaned on by suppliers to only sell to US/CA.


Wouldn't surprise me TBH... so their suppliers can overinflate prices in other regions? :-/

So that the suppliers can make more, yeah.

Whether they do that just by hiking the prices, through agreements with local suppliers (who then pay more), or other mean, I don't know.




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