AUSTRALIA POST have now set up a receiving office in OREGON .
This great news for buyers on E/BAY. They can now supply a USA address when needed to buy items on USA E/BAY.https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/aust-post-sets-warehouse-us-011035599.html
That is great news! And I suspect that it will also help out with orders to the vendors and others by reducing the cost of shipping to Australia.
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If it actually works it will be a godsend to us downunder. We have never known what the actual postage cost really is or have the suppliers been fudging the figures to assist their bottom line? Last time I was in the US I used USPS standard boxes packed the goods tightly & was surprised how I brought the costs down. We seem to pay for a lot of empty space & or butchers paper, here's hoping.Hopefully Bob Trevan my richest friend will check it out and give us a report.
Will you be moving to the states soon?
Be careful Rob, I think his plan is to ship all the "K" parts he can find to Australia!
Never thought of that....
I wonder just what they are up to! If the 'annoying price difference' is due to the merchants having different prices for Aussies then there might be a benefit. But that is not the case with T parts vendors.
Australia post wants $56.90 to send a 2kg parcel to the USA. Under this new scheme, they want $48.75 to get the same parcel from Oregon to Australia, a difference of $8.15. How much of that is left after paying the merchants to post the parcel to the US address? Bugger all, I bet.
I am not cynical, not much anyway.
Allan from down under.
Well Bob It all sounds to good to be true, the snail mail has gone off shore but is there a dark side to this???. With the changes now in the courier service and shipping company's or the good guys that run the containers who have served us for years being subjected to nazi tactics by the customs with a $139 paper work charge for one item or many in one shipment and the dirt police (quarantine service)at $90 to inspect each order being one item or many on one invoice that $10 box of bits will be $240 plus postage and who believes that the Aust post is just there to help us with our parcels must think that there is a Easter bunny. I will wait and see before I would use it, what their mission is in doing this or what is their end idea. My order is in port right now and those charges are being added to my paper work so they are doing it... Ray
Who ever gets to test them ---Please let us know how it went?
LETS HOPE THEY HAVE NOT LEARN'T THE ''PITNEY & BOWES ''SHIPPING STUNT WERE INCORRECT PACKING SIZE ITEMS GET DESTROYED.
My turn to be cynical, but what will happen when you order a bonnet and the US send a hood, or you order tyres and they send tires? The point I am getting at the description will not match the goods as our US friends have their own weird version of the Queen's English. Hmmm, another customs debacle on the horizon. Bad enough when it happens on our shores and you get slugged $$$ by H.M. Customs to sort out the paperwork.
But let's see actually what happens when it is tested. Perhaps it may actually work, but I sincerely doubt it if our government and Australia Post have anything to do with it! The blind leading the blind!!!
It may be cheaper to buy your own airplane and smuggle Model T parts in and land at some back woods air strip. It works for drugs.
Dennis, I have an air sander which I use when building timber bodies. I have never seen an airplane. Or do you mean an aeroplane?
See David's post above.
Allan from down under.
Dennis, it will not work here as we are anglo-saxon and are in the wrong each time, the ones doing it walk away most of the time or a slap on the hand, in your country it is the thugs from Mexico or south America, we have them all coming from Asia and the middle east so forget that idea... Ray
I once brought a 1910 picnic set from Florida on Ebay. The quoted shipping price to New Zealand was US$2030 . I shipped it to a mail forwarding company ( Shipito ) in California for US$80 and they forwarded it to me by FedEx for US$250 plus a US$8 service charge . I was very happy . I share my Aussie friends concern with package size. Why does everything form the States come in a box 3 times bigger than needed ? Karl
Because of (hopefully rare) events like this:
I have to say that my local UPS and FedEx delivery folks are great to deal with and I have never had an issue with them.
I assume by some of the respondents they do not understand the benefit of having a registered address [or box number] in USA..
It is most discerning for an Australian wishing to buy on USA E/BAY and can't because the seller will not ship the item to an overseas address .
But now i assume the buyer will be able to supply a USA address by supplying his recorded name C/-of AUSTRALIA POST in Oregon.
From their recorded Australian names they then can re-address the item & re -send same on to the buyers registered Australian address ..
Ray, next time you want to ship a Mustang to Australia....it may be better to have it boxed up before taking it to the shipper. That way the "Lot" boy's can't Hot Rod it before going in to the container.
We have our problems also with cars returning back to the U.S. Several of my friends have their brass Model T's held up in a container at Long Beach awaiting for Bug/Ag. ??? sign off. Been sitting there for almost 3 weeks and who knows when they will be released. These are cars returning from Ireland. Makes one not want to ship their car out of the country to attend a tour.
Hi Bob, it sounds good the way you put it but it is not that way in the real ebay world, to use the pay pal you must have a registered address in America as part of your pay pal payments as you will loose your buyer protection for what it is worth as many of the sellers over there I buy off will only send to the pay pal listed address for billing. So you will have to go into your ebay account and then add it as a second posting address and when you are to buy in the US, to buy go back into your account and change your posting address to Oregon then buy and pay then go back in and change it back to your Australian address after its yours, lots of mucking around. What will Aust post charge to readdress the box or parcel to you??.
I fully understand losing goods on Ebay because some people will not ship to Australia; I lost a set of veteran rear KW Roadsmoothers this way.
I personally have organised my own US address for future use. It will not happen to me again.
I have my own which is straight to the front doors of the container in long beach David.
Hi Les, I hope there will be no next time and you did a great job for me and we thank you for that.
The shipper and I have had long talks about it and we have decided that both of us are getting to old for this crap from the government that we are facing each time so he and I intend to call it quits on a full time basis and just do two a year, at this time I am making more money and having more fun with barn finds so that is the road I will be going down. My son is in perfect adjustment since he came home and even found a girl that likes him, not for the car I hope and his transfer was good back to a normal life. I can not say that for me as I now own and drive a Armored personal carrier so I am making up for him.. Thanks again... Ray
I assume AUSTRALIA POST has set themselves up in USA to satisfy the people that have not been able to buy on E/BAY because of no USA address .
Maybe AUSTRALIA POST is trying to compete with the USA freight forward companies ??.
If this is the case OZ POST will create a client register for OZ clients and hopefully if there is a postage problem with them i hope it may allow the buyer to at least be able to make internal contact with a human as it is impossible to do same with e.g. the PITNEY &BOWES PRIORITY MAIL system and knowing all the time that they will be discarding the item when it does not suit their box & weight specs.
JUST ASK ANY THE MANY WHO HAVE LOST THEIR VALUABLE PURCHASE BECAUSE IF THIS POLICY
Hi Bob, the PITNEY &BOWES PRIORITY MAIL system, never heard of it as I use USPS for my goods and the seller wraps and post as part of the sale.
I have never used any forwarding agents so on this I can not comment
You may not remember some 6months back when i ran into a lot of trouble with an E/BAY purchase .
Then and possible still now they were using PITNEY &BOWES as their PRIORITY MAILING service .
My E/MAIL address ran hot from E/BAY purchasers from around the world to find out more about how their purchased valuable items had just disappeared and more so if PAY/PAL had organised to used P&B to post the purchase ..
Hmmm! The idea of a company in the US who will receive and forward parcels to Australia is appealing but Australia Post?
I have lost count of the amount of times I have had parcels with tracking do the following. Day 1. Posted. Day 2. At US customs awaiting departure. Day 3 or 4 Arrive Australia.
Day 21 to 40. Arrives at our place!. I reckon if Australia post are in charge of it all the way I will need to allow 6 months!
Bob, no sorry but I do not remember that system or your emails, pay pal dose not do my posting and I ask the seller who its coming by with a tracking number or I tell the person posting what I want so I get it. I got a new water pump today and knew were it was all the way here by USPS but lets see what happens and make a judgement then. First to use send in a report.. Ray
Bob, I doubt whether Australia Post gives hoot about ebay purchasers being left out of the loop by some US vendors, even if they are aware of it. I remain deeply suspicious of their motivation. It will not be service driven, rather another way to turn a profit. That is OK, but at whose expense is it made, and is there any real advantage to potential users?
I will watch developments with interest.
Allan from down under.
On reading the short spool that bob attached this is a interesting statement which in my mind rules out any ebay help (She says the service also means Australians won't have to wait any longer than Americans for products that haven't yet hit local stores. ShopMate isn't the first service of its kind in Australia, but it's the first that won't rely on more costly international couriers.
****Note here is your first price scale***
Australia Post charges a base rate of $24.95 a parcel, with a weight rate of $5.95 per 500 grams.
Now this would be on top of getting it there or is that part free on the store you purchase it from and is it AUD or USD?? a nice little cash exchange rate pick up for them if they go that way
I asked our local postie once if the postage is paid over seas, what does Australia post get out of it, answer was 'sweet FA' just the privilege of delivering it, true or not I don't know but, as Allan said, to turn a profit?
I think they are tiring to recoup the money that the CEO spent on his private muslim museum here in Sydney, Australian Post donated $1000000 dollars of their profits or out tax payers money to build it and set it up then it turned it was run by his sister, sounds real sus and no one did any thing about it so here is their money coming back
Hey all, who is going to Bendigo next week end as I will come down for Saturday only so let talk as this could be my last trip down due to family... Ray
Had a bit of a round table at an antique auto parts store today. One conclusion in all of this is Australia Post will, in effect, be taking money from the USPS. USPS will get the internal freight and AP the bulk of it to get it across the Pacific. One generous contributor did credit AP with wanting to help out ebay buyers who could not purchase because vendors refused to sell overseas. If they get the bulk of the freight costs, it could make sense.
I have a question for our US T'ers. Does the USPS provide a booklet of charges so you can work out in advance how much your parcel should cost to be posted to you? AP provides a very handy book which lists all the charges, the different prepaid products, insurances etc. A US equivalent would allow us to work out just where our postage/handling charges go.
Allan from down under.
Alan, I will make this easy for every one, you may have a freight service but you, that is the bidder must be registered to an US address for the guys that will not send out, not have a mailing address only as ebay and live here, ebay will stop the bid with you in another country and the seller will not send there, I have two addressees in the US, my posting address and and living address.
I have a living address in Gilroy California and postal address in Long Beach California.
Allan, I don't know about a booklet, but USPS has a website. Maybe the information is there.
The USPS give out a pamphlet that tells what the charge for out of country flat rate boxes is. The rates for the three flat rate boxes are or at least were as follows;
Small Flat Rate $23.95
medium Flat Rate $59.95
Large Flat Rate $77.95
I have a couple of friends in Canada who sometimes purchase on Ebay and can not get shipment to Canada. They call me and tyell me a package is inbound to my address and when it arrives, I carry it across the border into Canada to them.
I do not mind doing so and my wife likes it because as she gets to go to the Casino in Gananoque which I like because she usually comes home with more money than she took.