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Wakrak

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#272343 20-Jun-2020 16:20
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I'm been dreaming and brainstorming as to how we can make shipping from Australia to New Zealand cheaper. I think about recent clothing purchases I've made in the past month and the $10 it cost me to get it here. Then I think of amazon/ebay.com.au and the amount of humming and harring I do over whether I can get it here or not. There's a few companies that do 'shipping to Australia' then 'Shipping to New Zealand', but their prices are ruthless and definitely turn me off the idea. 

 

With the amount of flights that go from Australia to New Zealand and vice versa, surely there's something that can be done to lower the costs? What am I missing here? Someone please educate me as to why it is so expensive. 

 

If we could get a YouShop AU or some alternative that ensures we don't end up paying $50 to ship a pair of shoestrings across the ditch (exaggerating), it would open up so many opportunities for us as buyers of goods.  

 

Some companies would be at a disadvantage, such as Kogan/DSE, as the difference in price can be a good $30 or so when converting currency (thinking of edifier r1280db).

 

But man, think of the deals we would have access to. I started thinking of ways we could pay airplane bums on seats to hire themselves out as human couriers šŸ˜€ #Uberplaneoverseaspickupdropoff

 

Thoughts?


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  #2508863 20-Jun-2020 16:27
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Right now with reduced air capacity is probably not the time to try to start up something in this area, unless you want to buy a plane or a boat...


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  #2508868 20-Jun-2020 16:34
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Move to Australia.

 

Aren't we all supposed to be buying local at the moment to get NZ's economy up and running?


 
 
 
 


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  #2508870 20-Jun-2020 16:39
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Buying local is great if what we want is available here for a reasonable price.

Wakrak

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  #2508875 20-Jun-2020 16:51
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djtOtago:

 

Move to Australia.

 

Aren't we all supposed to be buying local at the moment to get NZ's economy up and running?

 

 

I'll buy from overseas if an item is only available abroad or the price is better. 


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  #2508876 20-Jun-2020 16:56
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Kogan / DS take ages to ship here in my experience. Presumably this is to save costs.


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  #2508878 20-Jun-2020 16:57
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djtOtago:

 

Aren't we all supposed to be buying local at the moment to get NZ's economy up and running?

 

 

With the amount of human traffic between the two countries the motto could just as easily be 'buy australian made and keep a kiwi in a job'.


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  #2508880 20-Jun-2020 17:06
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$10 from Aussie? Is this really worth the hassle?

 

some packages within NZ are $9, $10 from Aussie (from your post) is perfectly reasonable I would have thought.


 
 
 
 


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  #2508884 20-Jun-2020 17:29
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Loismustdye:

$10 from Aussie? Is this really worth the hassle?


some packages within NZ are $9, $10 from Aussie (from your post) is perfectly reasonable I would have thought.



Iā€™m looking at some electronics made in aus. Home automation stuff not available here. He said normally he can send it as a letter for $5-10. But at the moment it can only go tracked for $21




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  #2508909 20-Jun-2020 19:07
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Loismustdye:

 

$10 from Aussie? Is this really worth the hassle?

 

some packages within NZ are $9, $10 from Aussie (from your post) is perfectly reasonable I would have thought.

 

 

Guess I should clarify that I find $10 fantastic. I'd pay that price any day of the week, especially when it comes to something outside of clothing like electronics. I think the only reason the price is so low is because I'm buying from companies that are already in New Zealand, but choose to send goods from their Australian warehouse. 

 

It's more the fact that (1) a lot of Australian-based companies choose not to ship to New Zealand , (2) trying to get around this by using another company similar to YouShop is expensive, and (3) a package shipped from Australia to New Zealand through say 'AU Post' or 'DHL' is also expensive. 

 

 


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  #2509202 21-Jun-2020 15:52
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davidcole:

 

I’m looking at some electronics made in aus. Home automation stuff not available here. He said normally he can send it as a letter for $5-10. But at the moment it can only go tracked for $21

 

That's just cause AusPost has suspended all economy service for the moment due to lack of capacity.


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  #2509265 21-Jun-2020 17:17
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djtOtago:

 

Move to Australia.

 

Aren't we all supposed to be buying local at the moment to get NZ's economy up and running?

 

 

Needed 2 oddball sized roller blinds made, quote was "Discounted" to NZ$1200 by a local company

 

Will be buying them from China for NZ$300, and we get a much better choice of materials and colours.

 

 

 

I have a friend who is building a tiny home, he bought his doubled glazed aluminium joinery (with thermal break) shipped from China

 

for a lot less than buying them in NZ.


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  #2509279 21-Jun-2020 18:06
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Double glazing is a lot cheaper outside NZ. Even custom made PVC is much cheaper in the UK than NZ.


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  #2509283 21-Jun-2020 18:14
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On the other hand RS still offers free shipping from Australia to NZ. Have had a few orders since lockdown arrive the day after ordering.


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  #2509292 21-Jun-2020 18:46
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Why is it so expensive to ship from <insert country> to NZ?

 

Everything costs a fortune. I was trying to buy 3D filament from Czech and they quoted $56 EUR ($100 NZD) just for 2kg.


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  #2509364 21-Jun-2020 22:34
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Nate001:

 

Why is it so expensive to ship from <insert country> to NZ?

 

Everything costs a fortune. I was trying to buy 3D filament from Czech and they quoted $56 EUR ($100 NZD) just for 2kg.

 

 

I looked at getting an oak or maple machinists toolbox from Grizzly , about NZ$600 but they wanted NZ$1200 to ship it from the USA to NZ.

 

Sure its relatively big (500x300x250) and heavy, but that was a no go.

 

Its especially galling when you can buy USA plums for not a lot per kilo which need refrigerated shipping are then sold at wholesale and then sold at retail in NZ.

 

This is one of the reasons I buy from China, shipping is affordable.

 

On the flip side we buy our 12v 7AH gel cells from Australia, cheapest prices but they have a fixed rate shipping, we bought in 30 of them and they were air freighted and delivered to us for about $1 each. Buying them in a local store was going to cost us more for shipping. Crazy.


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