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Topic # 204906 22-Oct-2016 13:02
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Can Kiwis use Ebay? And will countries ship to NZ?

 

Anyone using them?

 

I used them in Aus and it was soooooooooooo much better than trademe, not just access to local stuff but access to stuff from the States and China etc.


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  Reply # 1656141 22-Oct-2016 13:02
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Hmmmm. Here we go.





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  Reply # 1656147 22-Oct-2016 13:14
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I used to use it regularly, but would only ever buy super cheap stuff where I wouldn't be left too out of pocket if the item didn't arrive. Then I discovered I could get the exact same thing through AliExpress and save more money, so I stopped using Ebay. There are obviously other things Ebay would have that AliExpress wouldn't, but most likely the price range of said items would mean I wouldn't buy it from either of those sites anyway.


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1656153 22-Oct-2016 13:29
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Well you just educated me, what is Aliexpress?

 

Im sick of arguing with guys on Trademe thats there $1999 that they are selling for $1900 is now $1300 brand new. Its like Kiwis expect to get near the same price they paid new for an item. Personally I expect 60-70% for 1 year old. 3 years old 50% and down from there. Fair is fair. No warranty and people want near new prices or higher than new. Photography items and notebooks are the worst. Cars seem to be ok.


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  Reply # 1656160 22-Oct-2016 13:55
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Very little used stuff on ebay will ship internationally.

 

New stuff I have found its too cluttered with US sellers using that ebay international shipping program that takes things to a clearing place and reships them at an absurd cost. I just use it for things I cant find on amazon or aliexpress now. If they would let you filter out ones that are stupidly priced shipping then it would be useful. Nothing worse than finding something you want for $10, and then its $45 for shipping. Have to try to find a varient from someone who will directly ship with USPS, deal with a reshipper which many places will not ship to because of US tax concerns or else just find it from an asian seller for half the price and free shipping normally.





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  Reply # 1656163 22-Oct-2016 14:09

Have used Ebay on occasions, but you have to watch out for freight costs. Many sellers don't send international and others are super expensive if they do. Some sellers are USA based, but send direct from China so not a problem.

 

Aliexpress often has the same stuff with free shipping. Much easier to deal with.

 

Like all things you just have to be careful and shop around.

 

 


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  Reply # 1656176 22-Oct-2016 14:14
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Small stuff from china/hong kong will normally ship free from eBay as it's subsidised by their government already. For most international items though ie from Australia/US it more than likely won't have international shipping or it will be expensive. I find the prices between Aliexpress and eBay negligible most of the time so I'm fine buying from either.








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  Reply # 1656185 22-Oct-2016 14:50
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Yeah Im finding new stuff not worth it, like lets say an i3-6100 CPU. Ends up same cost as here.

 

Where as a used GTX970 (just an example, not what Im after), a lot cheaper than what I can find on Ripoffme. Of course you have to have some faith, I guess thats where their rep comes into it. Some items will ship, some wont, but Im finding plenty that do. Some for free.

 

I just wasnt sure if it was legal to use ebay in NZ. In Aus thats all we use.

 

So if I import a video card for say $150 +$25 shippping. Do I have to pay GST and anything else on top of that?

 

Just want to be sure of costs to find deals that are truely worth it.


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  Reply # 1656187 22-Oct-2016 15:04
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There is a website called whats my duty that will tell you if anything is payable.  Most things have no duty so its just the $400 threshold for GST being payable. That includes shipping to NZ, but if you use a reshiper of your own not what you pay to get it from the seller to the reshipper. So those sellers that sell cheap and charge heaps for shipping can help in those cases.

 

Watch for shoes and clothing as they have duty so may get charged even tho under $400.

 

Normal things are fine to import, the biggest list of problem things is the MAF ones which basically mean no wildlife problem type things without many exemptions and requirements. So don't go ordering used things that may have dirt etc on them, animal parts, plants etc. Or drugs. Dont do that.





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  Reply # 1656189 22-Oct-2016 15:09
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For cheap stuff that I won't lose sleep over if it doesn't turn up, yes. Found it great for mountain bike parts but you have to do your due diligence. Something's are the same or even more expensive that here, particularly when adding postage, others I can land here for a fraction of the price. That said the only sale that wasn't completed I got a refund from eBay straight away so that service was good.




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  Reply # 1656216 22-Oct-2016 16:08
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Im looking at CPUs around $200 and GPUs around the same. so if i buy individually which ill likely have to do ill pay $25 shipping. but sounds like no tax.

 

thanks guys. opening up a few more doors than trademe.


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  Reply # 1656221 22-Oct-2016 16:19
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I have found the stuff I get through eBay that comes from Hong Kong or Taiwan generally arrives much more quickly than from Shenzen or Guangzhou. If there is only a small percentage difference in price I'm willing to pay a little more to get it quicker. Same goes for trademe though. If the delivered price isn't hugely greater, I would rather support local vendors.
In general though it is because the item I want just isn't available in NZ. I did wonder why stuff from the US had such high shipping costs by comparison. Some of the above posts explain that.
Just bought the first (relatively) expensive thing ($200) through eBay and awaiting delivery. So my opinion may change markedly if things go awry.




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  Reply # 1656232 22-Oct-2016 17:11
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I use it a lot for small stuff that would be 2x or 3x as much in NZ

 

You can sort search results by "Price inc P&P" and select your delivery country, so it's very easy to see exactly what the total price will be


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Reply # 1656268 22-Oct-2016 18:20
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I bought a suspension kit for my car which was lower control arms, tie rods, tie rod ends, ball joints sway bar rods.  Freight was $70 NZ using global shipping program. Others selling same kit wanted $300 shipping.  These were shipped from Florida and took 17 days to get here.  Was pleased with the service.  It was a heavy package so thought it may have taken longer. Would have bought them here if I could have.

 

I have bought cpu's and motherboards I couldnt get here and all used the global shipping and all been reasonably quick delivery and shipping costs good.  Just have to search as some want a leg and arm or more for shipping here


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  Reply # 1656269 22-Oct-2016 18:20
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Whether or not goods are shipped to NZ depends entirely on the seller. eBay isn't big for NZ goods.

 

 


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  Reply # 1656349 22-Oct-2016 20:18
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I've never sold anything but I've made lots of purchases.  Some of the sellers have feedback in the hundreds of thousands so are very reliable.  I bought my 32GB Nexus 5x from Ebay from a reputable seller.  It was much cheaper than buying locally.  If the shipping is too expensive you can always use youshop.


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