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#196727 10-Jun-2016 16:10
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I had a parcel delivered to Youshop on Tuesday morning this week, but it took Youshop in the US 2 full days to send me a notification email that it had arrived. I paid straight away the minimum $17.50 charge and then its despatched a day and a half later. (Its the smallest remote control for a sound bar you have ever seen).

 

Are there any better or cheaper/ faster alternatives that are any good?

 

 





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  #1569517 10-Jun-2016 16:11
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shipito





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  #1569542 10-Jun-2016 16:27
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ShipItTo, I've used and they were good, a much better setup than youshop. However they are more expensive than YouShop, but can be faster if you choose FedEx or DHL. Their economy post option can be ok value. Youshop is not an express service, it's a reasonably reliable economy service. If you want a better service you will pay more, maybe double, maybe triple. My last youshop parcel took a couple of days to appear in my account, but once it did it arrived in my office within a week.


 
 
 
 


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  #1569552 10-Jun-2016 16:38
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Combining stuff at shipito more than saves the extra cost of DHL over whatever nzpost use I find. Get about 4 amazon orders in one box, and they will cut it down or replace the box with something else if they can. Just gotta watch the crappy exchange rate.





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  #1570435 12-Jun-2016 12:52
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bluedisk:

 

I had a parcel delivered to Youshop on Tuesday morning this week, but it took Youshop in the US 2 full days to send me a notification email that it had arrived. I paid straight away the minimum $17.50 charge and then its despatched a day and a half later. (Its the smallest remote control for a sound bar you have ever seen).

 

Are there any better or cheaper/ faster alternatives that are any good? 

 

 

Many services are like this. Stuff arrives by the truck/ trailer / container  load. Every few minutes. These places operate AT SCALE. Thousands of items an hour in many cases. There are literally millions of people in dozens of countries ordering stuff..and the warehouse may be a bureau contracted to serve a number of different companies in various countries offering forwarding services 'back home'.

 

They just work through it as fast as they can. A couple of days is pretty normal. 

 

The part that keeps ME awake at night is how it gets from the forwarder to NZ. YouShop use air mail. Stuff arrives fast enough, but then they write you letter......and that can take a week. 

 

I have used comgateway.com to good effect. They DHL stuff from Portland, Oregon (no sales tax there) and it arrives here a day or two later and DHL handle the customs / duty. they take a credit card over the phone. Job done. Parcel can turn up hours later.

 

YouShop will refuse to ship any item worth more than a certain amount....so watch your exchange rates. What was under the cap on the day you ordered it can be over the cap a few days later. When YouShop refused my parcel (an expensive camera that was just over the cap) the options were return it, destroy it (!!!!!) or forward it. I forwarded it to comgateway.com.....but Youshop sent my expensive camera to comgateway.com via parcel post, uninsured. Fark. 

 

I haven't used YouShop since. when they don't care...they REALLY don't care. Not good enough for me, I'm afraid. Comgateway.com have never disappointed. 

 

Also....if the item is over $1,000 and you don't have a freight receiver handling it for you, you need your own Customs ID. I had to get one to be able to receive an item YouShop did manage to get to NZ......but then couldn't do the customs part for items over $1,000. Once you have one of these Customs IDs, you don't need to get another one. 

 

 

 

 





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