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Brian60

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Sometimes, just sometimes....
« on: September 09, 2016, 02:38:31 pm »

You know that you are being ripped off :-))   Just because hobbyists nowadays are looked on as cash cows much the same as motorists and petrol, that is no reason to charge what they wanted!

A german dealer offering photo etch gratings, these are the size of a postage stamp and I wanted four of them, just 3.96 total, a fair price. Then the kicker, postage from Germany to Spain another 11 :o :o

Another hobby shop is now cancelled from my long list.

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Re: Sometimes, just sometimes....
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2016, 03:41:25 pm »

Well, you never know, it may be the postal service rather than the model shop responsible. Although with something that small it should just go letter rate.
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Re: Sometimes, just sometimes....
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 09:14:35 pm »

Tbh I've found afew German sellers see to have high postal rates, might just be deuche poste
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Re: Sometimes, just sometimes....
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2016, 02:49:03 am »

I ordered a cover for my smart phone on eBay. It came from Germany (I checked the post mark) with free postage, and the cover only cost me A$6.50. It would have cost me more than that to post it to Queensland, and that's only 2 hours by road from my house. Deutsche Post can't be too bad.


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Re: Sometimes, just sometimes....
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2016, 06:52:26 am »

As an update, I left him a message saying I had cancelled my order due to the high mailing charge. He apologised and said it must be down to the automated ordering system.

He had a look at his software and changed it around and I have now ordered and the postal charge came down from 11 to 4.75, so a software glitch and not an attempt to rip off customers. I would normally at this point give his address but as it has nothing to do with model boats I won't. He specialises in model aircraft kits but just so happened to have some photo etch that I needed.

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Re: Sometimes, just sometimes....
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2016, 07:30:25 am »

I found this German manufacturer/supplier very reasonable with their freight charges from Europe to Australia. Manfred from Elde-Modellbau has also been extremely helpful in his work

He is not alone as I also find Winfried Niggle brilliant to purchase from.....list prices -19% tax + a small air parcel post  :-))......... Derek


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Description   Unit price   Qty   Amount      
paddle wheel part No A1200-19   4,16   36   149,76      
shipping freight   7,00   1   7,00      
 
Subtotal   156,76      
Total    156,76 EUR
Amount paid    156,76 EUR
Amount due    0,00 EUR

   
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