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Old 29th October 2005, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Anyone in the US willing to be a middleman for shipments???

I live in Australia, and getting good quality electronics at reasonable prices down here is a non event!

I would like to be able to order parts from Madisound & Parts Express etc., however they only use the most expensive shipping methods, so if I wanted a pair of mids or tweets the charge would be around US$40 - $50! Ridiculous!

USPS has a Global Priority service that is fantastic. For only US$9 you get a 9.5" x 12.5" cardboard envelope that you can shove anything into (up to 4lbs) and it only takes 4-6 working days to get here (or most other countries.) So even if only 1 woofer or a pair of tweets can fit in their envelope it still makes a great deal and fast and efficient service!

My question is, would anyone in the community in the US be interested in helping out their bretheren overseas, by taking shipments from the stores there and forwarding them to us less fortunate souls???

I wouldn't mind starting a discussion about this to see other peoples' input from overseas like me, and from the US.

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Old 30th October 2005, 09:47 AM   #2
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What are you after that you can't get in Oz for a reasonable price?
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Old 30th October 2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Hi swin1

Rather than anyone in the US, someone (US) here the other day posted about using 'pack & send' to reduce this cost. Search on international economy or user rick57 & you should find it

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Old 30th October 2005, 11:04 AM   #4
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$50 for a decent tweeter, which is double what I could get them for overseas. It seems everything is full retail plus duty applies to these sorts of things here, lack of competition I suppose, or lack of demand...

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Old 30th October 2005, 11:24 AM   #5
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Depends on the product, hard to generalise.

Did you find the P & S post?
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Old 30th October 2005, 11:38 AM   #6
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.... but what tweeter are you really after?

Been going through my list of tweeters and not much to be saved by buying at Parts Express..... maybe $10 per tweeter but that's without the US shipping.

Competition is about to hot up in Oz
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Old 30th October 2005, 11:55 AM   #7
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Don't forget, you'll still have to pay duty on the stuff as it arrives in Oz, regardless of the carrier -- so you should check with customs to see if you'll really save any money.

And I know they'll catch you, y'all got a fancy new customs computer system not long ago.

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> you'll still have to pay duty on the stuff as it arrives in Oz

Only if its over - is it $A 300/ 500.

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Old 30th October 2005, 01:23 PM   #9
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Sorry to burst your bubble. But tweeter, woofer will not fit into that flat rate envelope. It has to be relative flat, the most I have ever stuffed into that envelope is 12 pcs of 6" x10" pcb.

In addition to tweeter and woofer will not fit into that envelope, the package will not offer protection to the tweeter or woofer. In essence, you will get a damaged speaker.
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.... but what tweeter are you really after?

Been going through my list of tweeters and not much to be saved by buying at Parts Express..... maybe $10 per tweeter but that's without the US shipping.

Competition is about to hot up in Oz

hey Rabbitz,

Are you going to have T-nuts/insert nuts and nice button head screws?? I'm sick of bashing in hex nuts with a hammer I've only been able to find M6 size insert nuts here in Aus..... I liked some of the ones on parts express, but paying $33 US to ship $5 worth of parts seemed a little excessive especially when on top of that they have a min order of US $50.

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