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Topic # 222717 25-Aug-2017 11:20
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How odd is it that there is no Online Shopping forum?

 

 

 

Anyhow, I've just made my first purchase from Amazon US. Nothing very big or expensive, just a taster.

 

I chose the cheapest shipping option which gave an ETA of Sep 12-13.

 

Shipping direct to NZ, not via a forwarder.

 

I also just got a notification that the item has shipped.

 

In your experience is that ETA an overstatement or on the money? 

 

 





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  Reply # 1852427 25-Aug-2017 11:28
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In my recent experience it's been an overstatement, with items arriving quite a few days earlier.


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  Reply # 1852428 25-Aug-2017 11:29
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Mostly stuff seems to arrive after 8 or 9 days for me. Also cheapest shipping.





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  Reply # 1852429 25-Aug-2017 11:30
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My package that arrived yesterday was due by the 31st and ordered about 8 days ago. 


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  Reply # 1852437 25-Aug-2017 11:44
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Same as above for me - takes about a week less, or half their estimate, to arrive and shipping was about half of what I would have paid for YouShop. As discussed in another thread, Amazon international shipping seems to have recently had a large drop in price.

 

 


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  Reply # 1852440 25-Aug-2017 11:52
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My most recent order went missing, and the replacement took a few days longer than the estimate, and arrived damaged. Just a single Blu-ray so not an oversize package or anything.

 

With that said, every other order has been fine; I've probably made 50+ over the years.


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  Reply # 1852441 25-Aug-2017 11:52
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I thought for a second you'd ordered a taser!

 

Things tend to come earlier than they say. I noticed that an order I made on the 15th took six days to ship (something had to come from a supplier), then once it shipped it took a couple more days to actually reach the carrier. It's forecast for 7th September, but I expect it will actually artive a little earlier.





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  Reply # 1852449 25-Aug-2017 12:08
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My experience is it can take longer for companies to ship Auckland to Christchurch than for Amazon to ship USA to Christchurch.  Seriously !

 

Only every had good experiences on shipping items from them. Generally arrived in a 6 to 10 day period on average. 




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  Reply # 1852551 25-Aug-2017 13:54
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Thanks everyone. Heartened to hear that things are usually quicker than they say.

 

I'll post back when it arrives.

 

Any news on when Amazon Australia will start up?





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  Reply # 1852654 25-Aug-2017 15:04
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Ordered some books a few years back, was advised to allow 14 days - turned up in 5.

 

Ordering similar books from NZ supplier, month later still waiting........

 

 





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  Reply # 1855619 31-Aug-2017 08:27
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My package arrived today. It was ordered 15th August, with a delivery forecast around 11th September, so it took 15 days. I'm pretty happy with that for about US$12, ten years ago it would've cost $50.

 

I think this is a little slower than usual. One of the items that was meant to be in stock had to be sent from the supplier to Amazon, so it took a few days to get to Amazon. Here's the timeline

 

 

 

15th - ordered

 

23rd - received by iParcel

 

24th - left the USA

 

27th - arrived in NZ

 

28th - customs clearance

 

29th - arrived in the country - I suspect it means it arrived in the local postal service

 

30th - sent to NZPost in Auckland

 

31st - arrived in Wellington





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  Reply # 1855621 31-Aug-2017 08:32
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I had some t-shirts delivered last week - took 7 days from placing order to them being here - cheapest shipping option used (not through a reshipper).

 

edit: not Amazon, but I had a couple of AliExpress orders take 8 days last week as well - quickest I've ever had from them too.


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  Reply # 1855628 31-Aug-2017 08:40
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Yeah AliExpress can be a bit variable - they seem to sit on the order for quite some time before it shows as physically shipped, so usually stuff from there takes a few weeks. But they say that up front on they delivery estimate so no surprises. Hard to complain when it's typically free shipping. 

 

I'm constantly amazed that there's any profit in making, packaging and shipping an electronic widget to NZ for $20.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1855684 31-Aug-2017 09:13
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Got some solid state automotive relays shipped in 8-days recently (to Nelson).

 

Best so far was an outboard fuel pump in <7 days from the US (don't ask how much it costcry).





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  Reply # 1855696 31-Aug-2017 09:36
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Well @MikeAqua, I had to pay about $600 for an oil control module (just a little black box) for my EFi Merc ... and it didn't even fix the bluddy problem! Still got to resolve that before summer. Currently not sure if the oil is working so running it on pre-mix with the alarm wire cut. I do have to be careful it isn't overheating as it also means the temperature alarm is disabled.

 

 


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  Reply # 1855730 31-Aug-2017 10:07
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My Last order was placed on the 11th of August

 

Shipped on the 13th from the seller to amazon

 

Left the US on the 16th

 

Cleared customs on the 21st

 

Delivered on the 22nd


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