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Ultimate Geek

# 198930 28-Jul-2016 14:47
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I tried to buy a Sony Z1 Compact battery from a store on Amazon UK, but the idiots sent a Blackberry J-M1 battery. I was going to send it back for a refund, but then I checked the NZ Post site and discovered that "Batteries sent by themselves are prohibited". Why can I send a phone with a battery in it, but not the battery?


I get the feeling that even if I could send the miserable battery, it would cost more than the refund anyway.


I notice that the seller had no problems sending me the battery on it's own in a flimsy bubble bag.

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Uber Geek

  # 1600205 28-Jul-2016 15:00
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Posts last mile policy is a bit of a farse.


Of the things I've purchased overseas, they have sent via known battery forwarders. Usually China - HK - Holland (with netherlands post being OK with batteries!) - <somewhere> - AKL - CHC. With that final mile being usually the same carrier as everyone else uses for incoming (and outgoing) global shipping. Not boat or anything, but in a freighter hold with everything else. Despite this some incoming batteries are border stopped.. go figure.









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  # 1600208 28-Jul-2016 15:04
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I get the feeling that even if I could send the miserable battery, it would cost more than the refund anyway.


Some freight-forwarders still claim to be able to do it, but as you say, its probably gonna cost more than the refund is worth....


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  # 1600249 28-Jul-2016 16:00
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The simple answer is, IATA regulations.


If you scroll to page 6 the big red areas are buttons, like an old pick-a-path book.


The shippers such as PostNord who bring your lithium cells from China I understand are able to do so because they use dedicated cargo aircraft out of China, and can, at least one assumes, guarantee that's how the battery will get to you.  Most mail generally travels on passenger aircraft when they have extra capacity.



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Master Geek

  # 1600273 28-Jul-2016 16:04
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Technically you can's send a phone with a battery in it using nz post.  Well that's what they said to me when i tried to send my Lumia 920 off to the UK for a warranty repair.  


For memory you had to use DHL if you wanted to send a phone/battery, of course at a much higher cost...


I just went to a different post shop and they accepted it. 

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  # 1600281 28-Jul-2016 16:15
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Buy a cheap broken phone, put it in a package with the battery, send that.



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