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Old 21-09-2020, 05:08 PM
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Ordered an item from AliExpress yesterday evening, paid specifically for DHL ($29 extra) versus FedEx ($74 extra)

They posted it today... via FedEx

Not complaining - it’s due to arrive Monday. And the entire item plus courier post came to $93 - a not insignificant $43 cheaper than a well known Aussie retail outlet and they aren’t including postage.
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Old 21-09-2020, 08:30 PM
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ASIAIR pro ordered from zwo already in customs in Melbourne and significantly cheaper than the backordered cluster***k you get in Australia

$420 as opposed to $599 that's quite the markup
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Old 22-09-2020, 11:04 AM
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Cleared customs now at processing facility, no GST added
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:17 PM
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Why would you buy any astro gear in Australia markups are atrocious if you can stand a wait more often than not its cheaper even including freight to buy OS and some items you just can't get here. I've only found one local retailer that has comparable prices with OS suppliers and that is Andrews
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:24 PM
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I want to get a couple of lumicon filters and buying them from the US would save me around 80 bucks and that's with shipping.

Should I go with UPS or USPS (those are the options from the vendor)?
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:26 PM
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I want to get a couple of lumicon filters and buying them from the US would save me around 80 bucks and that's with shipping.

Should I go with UPS or USPS (those are the options from the vendor)?

Definitely go with UPS!
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:26 PM
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USPS...if you want them in 2027

Otherwise, UPS as they’ll arrive within a week
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:33 PM
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USPS...if you want them in 2027

Otherwise, UPS as they’ll arrive within a week



Not that bad, I buy from ADM, USPS cheapest option, usually takes around 2 months
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Old 23-09-2020, 12:37 PM
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I got a ZWO autoguider and it arrived around a week later.

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Old 23-09-2020, 02:42 PM
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ASIAIR pro arrived today, that's service and $180 cheaper than from here where it is still on backorder
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Old 23-09-2020, 05:22 PM
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UPS it is, cheers guys.

Ordered a Lumicon OIII and a paracorr while I was at it, from the states. Saved $200 over buying here, and the equivalent filters I wanted are backordered here to boot.
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Old 23-09-2020, 08:46 PM
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I have a package coming from TS in Germany, it is coming via UPS. I expect it in a week, with no customs issues based on previous dealing with UPS on inbound.
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Old 27-09-2020, 12:20 PM
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Hi,

ZWO EAF Advanced focuser. Focuser, hand control and temperature probe. USD 249 with free postage via DHL. Ordered on 23rd September from ZWO, arrived today (Sunday delivery) so 4 days from order to delivery from China.
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Old 27-09-2020, 08:12 PM
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Radio Parts from the Netherlands ...2 weeks to be delivered .... that's pretty good in my books.
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Waited 6 months for gear from China, arrived last Friday. Wife waiting for package from the US ordered in July tracking says arrived in Sydney August but that’s were the tracking ends.

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Old 28-09-2020, 11:16 AM
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My package from TS left Germany last Wednesday evening, it arrived at my door this morning (Monday), less than five days. Thank you UPS for your great service. It actually arrived in Australia last Friday but had to wait for customs clearance.
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Old 28-09-2020, 04:22 PM
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Back in July I ordered a copy of Luna Cognita direct from Springer. However, after 2 months it is still not here so I emailed Springer about the whereabouts of my books. I was told that the shipping company they use is not shipping to Australia because of covid. Basically their email said "we are very sorry, we are unable to fulfill your order at this time". There is no time frame on when shipping will resume , just, and I quote - "when the situation allows".

They've had my money for over 2 months, I had to follow up, only to be told that they are not shipping complete with no ETA. In other words, tough noogies.

Any suggestions on where to go from here guys? I'm thinking of asking for a refund.

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Old 28-09-2020, 04:45 PM
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Order form ADM shipping via USPS last update on tracking 9th Sept as far as I can tell it hasn't even left the US yet, I think COVId has become the excuse for mediocrity and complacency in some circles
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Old 28-09-2020, 06:29 PM
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Still waiting my Optolong 2" L-Extreme. Seems the factory relocation is taking it's time. I have extended my Ali-Express processing time twice now.


I am in no rush yet - still cold enough here.


My helical focuser I ordered through AliExpress and they sent Fedex is due tomorrow now.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:07 PM
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Well I just may have broken the record of how slow and pathetic Aussie Post is.

I received a package that was only 16km from me and it took 3 weeks.

I calculated that it was travelling an average of 0.03km/h. Snails walk at 0.04km/h so I can officially say Aussie Post is slower than a snail!
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