neb:sir1963:Yup. Ordered something from Digikey on Sunday, picked up Monday, delivered Thursday, with detailed tracking and updates every step of the way. Heck, I can't get something from Wellington to here in that time, and when I do the only tracking updates are "Picked up" (which doesn't mean picked up, it means label created), and "On board for delivery", with the rest missing in action.
When I buy more than $60 from Element 14 the shipping is free, even when they have to ship it from the UK.
Quite honestly it's worth the extra you pay from RS/Element14/Mouser/Digikey/etc because you get quality, good shipping, etc etc etc as well as a far better selection of products. Combine that with the not having to waste time tracking down alternative sources it works out cheaper when you include time.
I ordered an Ultrasonic cleaner from Christchurch Friday night last week.
Figured they would sort it Monday.
Monday I ordered some Ultrasonic PCB cleaner from Element 14 , Sydney , it had to come from the UK.
Today (Friday) my cleaning fluid is in Auckland and will be delivered Monday
I have a track and Trace number for Aramex , but it is yet to be shipped to me even though I have asked for an update twice from the supplier.
THIS is why people buy overseas, I don't care that I pay GST on it too, the "unfair competition" is still price and delivery.
When I am in the USA later this year I will be buying myself some tooling for my metal lathe (shhh no one tell the wife), because again it is much cheaper and the shipping is effectively free, and being under NZ$600 (or there abouts ) I will save on the gst at that point too. I will also see what I can get in the way of a few EZ80 CPUs so I can build myself an 80MHz CPM (1970s/80s Operating system for the young'uns ) machine for laughs