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#21 maltsr

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:21 PM

I've never purchased from them.  Ordered some decals once, was quoted $20 shipping, no thanks!  I have purchased from a great supplier on ebay who charges just a few dollars for shipping to NZ, Slixx are very reasonable too.



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:26 PM

I can ship to your area for $5.00 and that includes postage, shipping supplies and my time so what does that say about these others? ..........



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:06 AM

Jeff Ballard from Motor City Resin Casters has mentioned this in other topics, but it bear repeating here. The reasons a U.S. shipper uses the more expensive USPS Priority Mail International (PMI) instead of USPS First Class International (FCI) shipping are 1) the package and it's contents can be insured; 2) A shorter delivery time

 

Now that USPS includes Tracking on First Class International packages, finding out if the package arrived at its destination and having proof it did is not an issue like it once was, but no insurance is available when shipping via USPS FCI, so if the item is lost or damaged in transit, the shipper is out the entire cost of the item, the shipping cost, and s/he has to replace the item AND ship it a second time. With that in mind, it becomes clear why USPS PMI is the safer option with much less risk for the shipper, even though it is considerably more expensive for the buyer.

 

If the shipper charges for USPS PMI and ships the at the much cheaper USPS FCI rate, that's en entirely different scenario, and the one Alan is currently trying to get resolved.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:52 PM

Sent an e-mail to SMH last night asking for an explanation re this .... yet to hear back .....



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:05 PM

I have had dozens of kit shipments from the US and not one has failed to arrive in good condition.  I am quite happy to take on the risk without insurance, which is a high % of the price of a kit - it's just not worth it.  I see little point in paying an extra $20 in insurance for a $10 kit. And yes, I'm a bean counter....... :rolleyes:



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:44 PM

Well I as on ebay and ask a question on a kit from a guy from the states he tells me 45 bucks to ship it to me I said its not coming Oz is it. I bought awile ago from China for a model kit and it cost 15 so how is that possiable?

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:51 AM

I have had dozens of kit shipments from the US and not one has failed to arrive in good condition.  I am quite happy to take on the risk without insurance, which is a high % of the price of a kit - it's just not worth it.  I see little point in paying an extra $20 in insurance for a $10 kit. And yes, I'm a bean counter....... :rolleyes:

 

X 2. I have bought over 40 kit`s and only one of them where not as i hoped for,a chrushed box. But this is not the sellers fault.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:24 PM

Update,

Well, I am pleased, Ronnie at SMH refunded $20 re the shipping issue we had. Like I mentioned before, I was totally happy with the 63 Galaxie , a very nice casting. Totally satisfied with our transaction :)
Thanks for going good on that Ron !

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:14 PM

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:18 PM

Update,

Well, I am pleased, Ronnie at SMH refunded $20 re the shipping issue we had. Like I mentioned before, I was totally happy with the 63 Galaxie , a very nice casting. Totally satisfied with our transaction :)
Thanks for going good on that Ron !

Alan

That is good news,  and I will leave it at that



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:25 PM

Call me old fashioned, but I won't buy from anyone online unless the shipping costs are available on the website. I recently paid 8.60 shipping for a 1.97 purchase...never again.