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    Placed an order for jeans and shirts with a company in the mid west US 7.30pm Wed, the package arrived in Sydney @ 10.20 am this morning.
    Ordered, picked, packed, shipped and half way around the world in less than three days, lets see how long it takes Aust Post to complete the task.

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    Aust Post !...
    ..last week I noticed a box laying in the street outside our house .
    Thinking it was garbage i picked it up to put in the bin, but noticed it was an unopened package addressed to a resident in the next street !
    I must have "Fallen" out of the Austpost van .
    So ...good luck !

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    • #3
      Best part of a week to you from Sydney.

      International works like that sometimes. It's the same going the other way... I've sent stuff to the US and it's hit their shore in under 48 hours, then taken 10 days to get to the destination. When stuff lands in the standard post queue it can take a while.

      Courier service is often a different matter. As long as all the correct paperwork travels with the parcels then often its an amazing service (at a fair cost mind you!). Two weeks ago I landed 2 large boxes from Japan via UPS and it took less than 48 hours from door to door. I've had similar freight times from other parts of the world too and often the driver is here waiting for a signature before I've even had a chance to look at the tracking to see if the item left.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by blend52 View Post
        Aust Post !...
        ..last week I noticed a box laying in the street outside our house .
        Thinking it was garbage i picked it up to put in the bin, but noticed it was an unopened package addressed to a resident in the next street !
        I must have "Fallen" out of the Austpost van .
        So ...good luck !
        Contractor... not AustPost. AustPost Parcel delivery is contracted out, it keeps the price low but quality of service can be pretty random in some areas. (most are good though)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andy View Post
          Contractor... not AustPost. AustPost Parcel delivery is contracted out, it keeps the price low but quality of service can be pretty random in some areas. (most are good though)
          Quite likely ...i was simply going by the "AustPost" label on the package..so its still their responsibility.

          .. I've sent stuff to the US and it's hit their shore in under 48 hours, then taken 10 days to get to the destination. When stuff lands in the standard post queue it can take a while.
          My understanding of " Post" packages ( as opposed to "Courier packages)...from O'seas countries,.. is that the receiving national postal service ( AustPost here) is responsible for delivering locally but gets no revenue for that service. However, by agreement any of our mail posted overseas is handled at the receiving country by a similar reciprocal arrangement...with AustPost keeping all the postal revenue for that package.
          Hence its not surprising that incoming overseas post packages may not get top priority once they land in the receiving country.

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          • #6
            3 days from the US, then rested for almost 24 hrs at Botany, then it made its way to Melb where its been resting for almost another 24 hrs, guess if I'm lucky I'll see it by the end of this week.
            Shipped UPS by the way.

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            • #7
              This wouldn't happen if you shopped locally and you would be able to try them on for size and shape.

              If the US ones don't fit can you get a free exchange?

              Barry

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              • #8
                Barry, either you are a disgruntled local retailer, or you are very ill informed re international shopping.
                1) many of the items i purchace from O'seas are either not retailed here or are very difficult to find ( IE; specific sizes /code of Levi's, ...certain popular brands of clothing, shoes etc. etc) ..others are just so much cheaper, its impossible to ignore.
                2). many of these internet retailers do offer return/exchange free postage, and others have local addresses for returns and refunds..
                3) as with any significant purchace you have to be careful and informed, Know exactly what you want, check sellers reputation, check costs, terms, conditions etc and even check their shipping methods.
                There is always a risk ( freight damage or loss is the biggest) but sometimes , internet shopping from o'seas is the only means of getting the product you want.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Barry_Duncan View Post
                  This wouldn't happen if you shopped locally and you would be able to try them on for size and shape.

                  If the US ones don't fit can you get a free exchange?

                  Barry
                  Not complaining, simply highlighting the efficiency of the Aust way of doing things compared with the US, I must admit we are slowly catching up.
                  As far as fit is concerned, no problem, been placing annual orders with the same company for almost 20 years, I know my size in the brands I like.
                  Now for the big one, price, 7 x shirts and 4 pairs of jeans would have cost me just over $1000 had I bought them here in OZ, purchased in the US $288. 00 including UPS shipping, it's a no brainer.
                  To answer the next question, why do you need $100 shirts, well I like shirts to fit me, those made for the Aust market fit where they touch, I'm long and lean and always have problems with sleeve and body length, I get what I need over there at a fraction of the price.

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                  • #10
                    I am not directly into retailing but I do have a few shares in David Jones and Woolworths. DJ’s are having problems at the moment like many other retailers. Woolworths have closed some Dick Smith stores and are trying to sell that poorly performing arm. Those shares are only a minute part of my investments.

                    I am not a big buyer of clothing. When I do buy I like to have the luxury of trying things on, especially with shoes and I don’t go for $100 shirts.

                    I spend much more on food and grog than I spend on the rag trade.

                    Barry

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                    • #11
                      I buy underwear from online Australian shops, recently bought 4 same items at a savings of $15 each, buy clothing and shoes from brick and mortar shops. I do buy camera equipment from B&H in New York at about 2/3 the price here which is delivered in about 4 days.

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=Barry_Duncan;480159]I am not directly into retailing but I do have a few shares in David Jones and Woolworths. DJ’s are having problems at the moment like many other retailers. Woolworths have closed some Dick Smith stores and are trying to sell that poorly performing arm.
                        Barry[/QUOTE
                        Over ten years ago I was part of the DSE group via a franchise agreement. They were profitable then and had a good model, but ran into problems. Like DJ's they have become retail dinosaurs. Retail has changed dramatically, and online purchasing has been embraced by many. They have not changed their model to compensate, and their poor performance is their fault.
                        Very little clothing is made in Australia, so all is imported. Many people buy from overseas. My daughter and dozens of her friends have purchased dresses for their yr 12 formals from USA and from China. Dresses made to measure and delivered in under three weeks. Off the shelf, arriving in three to four days. Buy doing so, they saved hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars over local offerings. The girls were able to have a massive choice, and all have been happy with the product and service by these internet retailers. Exchange is offered.
                        In the past people would spend big dollars in brick and mortar stores, but they do not see the value in this any more, especially since the rents in some shopping areas are so ridiculous. High rent, high wages = high prices. It has been stated many times, but retail is changing rapidly, those not adapting or changing are closing.
                        With some clothes you must try before you buy, but others can easily be bought online if you are familiar with the product. There is a future for bricks and mortar stores, they just need to adapt, offer online shopping, or diversify. You will not stop people from buying overseas, that horse was flogged a long time ago. If someone wants a crusade, then support the Aussie farmer, and local food production/manufacturing. They are world class, but find it difficult to compete with offerings from subsidized economies.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blend52 View Post
                          Barry, either you are a disgruntled local retailer, or you are very ill informed re international shopping.
                          1) many of the items i purchace from O'seas are either not retailed here or are very difficult to find ( IE; specific sizes /code of Levi's, ...certain popular brands of clothing, shoes etc. etc).
                          Yep I for one find it difficult to find size 14 shoes in domestic shops. Most of them only keep up to 13 tops, and even those are sold out more often than not. It's a pain!

                          I know which shoes I like, I order online, and can have them within a few days without the run around. The shop I use does take returns without question, though I've never done this.

                          Added bonus: I don't have to deal with annoying sales people and crappy music. Am I getting old and bitter!?

                          For specialist equipment like the coffee machine however, I will defend a local retailer every time.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by balwoges View Post
                            I buy underwear from online Australian shops, recently bought 4 same items at a savings of $15 each, buy clothing and shoes from brick and mortar shops. I do buy camera equipment from B&H in New York at about 2/3 the price here which is delivered in about 4 days.
                            I've dealt with B&H a number of times in the past, sadly they no longer ship Nikon products to Aust, though having said that, Australian photographic retailers have realised they had to compete or go broke, and have adjusted their prices to the point that they are pretty competitive with what's on offer from B&H, bought my wife a D7000 last Christmas, the price difference was not worth the effort of buying offshore.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dski View Post

                              For specialist equipment like the coffee machine however, I will defend a local retailer every time.
                              No argument from me there.

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