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The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby PymbleSoftware » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:29 pm

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This is how much it costs for me to send something weighing 7.34Kg to the USA.
Those are Australia Dollars (AUD)
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby vishnu » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:16 pm

Fifty three bucks seems okay, that's about what I have to pay to overnight a one or two ounce box from digikey (which I have to do far too often), but 60 to 90 days? What are they going to send it in, a rowboat? :shock:
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby robespierre » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:23 pm

I believe "Print Post" is reserved for printed matter such as periodicals, what we in the US would call "second class commercial mail". It isn't available for private users.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby hamei » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:24 pm

PymbleSoftware wrote:This is how much it costs for me to send something weighing 7.34Kg to the USA.

OUCH ! :shock: I just sent a box to the US, it was not as heavy as yours but waaay less money. A small fraction thereof, even.
Those are Australia Dollars (AUD)

I hope AUD are really small, otherwise your mail prices are ridiculous :(
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby geo » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:25 pm

vishnu wrote:60 to 90 days? What are they going to send it in, a rowboat?
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby duck » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:17 am

Hah, that's nothing.

Try sending something from here to anywhere.

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The times I've had occasion to look at pricing for shipping stuff from here, the lowest rate any of the big-name companies have come is 200 euros. My only option is the formerly-government post. This is fortunately fairly cheap, but of course they don't let you ship lithium batteries because um, er, something once caught fire. So I tend to send those separately in an envelope.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby hamei » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:16 am

duck wrote:Try sending something from here to anywhere.

That might be a good thing, actually. It keeps out the riff-raff.

The times I've had occasion to look at pricing for shipping stuff from here, the lowest rate any of the big-name companies have come is 200 euros.

UPS here is like making whoopee with a praying mantis. Sent a small bochs from here to the US a couple weeks ago via China Post. It was cheap. Arrived in less than two weeks. I got to stand in the pens at the Post Office and observe the other animals. Educational.

At almost exactly the same time, a company fifteen minutes drive away from the recipients of my box insisted on sending a different small box here via UPS. It cost them ten times as much and took as long. Then when it came, it got to sit in Customs for two weeks. Honest, two full weeks.

The only people in China who use UPS are the idiot foreigners who "know" that UPS is stupendous.

It's stupendous, all right.

My only option is the formerly-government post. This is fortunately fairly cheap, but of course they don't let you ship lithium batteries because um, er, something once caught fire. So I tend to send those separately in an envelope.

Same here, except ours is still run by the hard-liner repressive murdering Communists. They took it a step farther, can't ship any electronics. They might explode ! Maybe Communism really doesn't work ...

So you call a little shipping service, they come over and pick up the box, then they ship it via the post office. Costs a couple dollars more. But they pick up.

I dunno. If you tried to figure out every discontinuity in life you'd go crazy.

It cost about $160 to ship an O300 to Sweden that way a year or so ago. By air (but not overnight.) I think the limit for that category of mail was 26 kg. We were a few g under that. Triple-wrapped O300's ain't light.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby Oskar45 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:52 am

hamei wrote:The only people in China who use UPS are the idiot foreigners who "know" that UPS is stupendous.
And what do sane people in China use instead?
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby hamei » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:05 pm

Oskar45 wrote: And what do sane people in China use instead?

The girl-baby drowning commie post office, aka China Post.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby Oskar45 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:27 am

hamei wrote:
Oskar45 wrote: And what do sane people in China use instead?

The girl-baby drowning commie post office, aka China Post.

Had no idea that China Post operates *internationally*...
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby jan-jaap » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:52 am

Oskar45 wrote:Had no idea that China Post operates *internationally*...

I have a mini-DAC en route from China using China Post Registered Airmail as we speak.

How something can be airmail and still take 3 weeks to arrive is a little beyond me, but it was one of those 'free shipping' deals and I'm not in a hurry.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby Hakimoto » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:35 pm

International snail mail is, really, a shadow world. I often wonder how things arrive here in Afghanistan. We get snail mail at work occassionally. From Europe. It arrives. Automagically...
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Unread postby hamei » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:09 am

Oskar45 wrote:Had no idea that China Post operates *internationally*...

I've wondered about that myself. The post offices have international agreements where the price is set by the sending country, but do they keep track ? Do they balance how much each country sends versus how much it receives ? Or do they just say "To heck with it" and let it all balance out in the wash ?

jan-jaap wrote:I have a mini-DAC en route from China using China Post Registered Airmail as we speak.

They sure aren't making much money on exporting those ... 6 rmb = $1 usd. Used to be 8.3. I hate Ben Bernanke !

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How something can be airmail and still take 3 weeks to arrive is a little beyond me....

Och, 'tis a strange and wonderful place we have here :P

Regular mail to the US for something that size takes about two weeks.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby jpstewart » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:08 am

jan-jaap wrote:How something can be airmail and still take 3 weeks to arrive is a little beyond me

I hope you've got a tracking number for that package. Watching a package progress through the postal/courier system can be downright entertaining. I just received a package that spent 8 days making a journey that Google Maps says you can drive in 7 hours. I know postal trucks aren't the fastest things on the road, but still! I've also received courier packages from the United States to me in Canada that travelled US->Canada->US->Canada. And its first trip to Canada landed 1500km from here for no apparent reason. It made me think they just randomly flung the package at Canada, missed the mark, and tried again.

Tracking international packages can be fun, as long as you don't expect a logical or effecient path.

hamei wrote:The post offices have international agreements where the price is set by the sending country, but do they keep track ? Do they balance how much each country sends versus how much it receives ? Or do they just say "To heck with it" and let it all balance out in the wash ?

The last couple of paragraphs in the "Overview" section of the Wikipedia article about the Universal Postal Union addresses that. In short, there are fees these days.
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Re: The costs of international shipping.

Unread postby vishnu » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:14 pm

Tell me about it! Once I sent a Wilson volleyball via Fed Ex and it ended up sitting on Monuriki island for 1500 days... :mrgreen:
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