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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by lupus » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:01 am

I have Been away from the forum too long. The distractions of a young family.. The KS has brought me back to the fold.

I too am curious ad to whether the mail forwarding services will help alleviate the cost if shipping. I suspect not given the problem we are facing is both sheer bulk/volume of the boxes plus weight. Most benefits of freight forwarders is the ability to consolidate smaller parcels rather than dividing larger parcels.

But if anyone has tried this, I would love to hear your experiences

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by courham » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:00 am

Here in NZ (Ausies next door neighbours) our postal service now has a warehouse in the US so we can get goods sent to the Warehouse and NZ post will forward them to us and charge us a lot less than most US companies would do. It costs NZD$12.50 per parcel, plus NZD$4.75 per 500g.Which is much more reasonable.

Still liable for GST at this end but I was looking at 3 sets + $100 US postage, now that extra $100 us will now be used for more dungeon tiles instead.

Maybe there is a similar set up in Aussie


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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by The Snake » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:57 am

Can you cut down on postage using a mail forwarding service like shipito.com?

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by Bossman » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:20 am

Hi Nathan,

Yes shipping is expensive to Australia. As a long term Ozzie collector I know your pain. My method of making it seem less expensive is to buy more and average the shipping cost down!

Seriously however the strong $A is making this the best time ever to but DF and the cost of the new tiles in this Kickstarter campaign is a super deal notwithstaanding the big shipping cost.

I have been using a US posting service that claims it can get the best rates to Australia but for this Kickstarter I will use the DF deal as given all the free-stretch goals, I seriously doubt a cheaper option is avilable unless you have a friend in the USA who will send it surface for you.

Enjoy the addiction.

Cheers

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by Maimonides_vii » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:30 am

I live in the US, but this topic often comes up, as International shipping can be quite painful.

My best advice is to either find someone who lives near you that you can split an order on a couple sets (I believe about 4 regular Dwarven Forge sets is the sweet spot for international shipping) or find someone in the US or UK to order sets for you, and you can pick them up. That saves a ton of money, as you can usually find a time for cheap airfare.

A number of international customers also try to come to conventions, like GenCon, since Dwarven Forge products are for sale there, but that obviously has it's own cost. I would suggest the shipping to a friend and picking it up yourself.

Don't despair! I know it seems rough, but Dwarven Forge sets (especially cool ones like Hellscape and Caverns) are worth it!

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by The Snake » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:14 am

I hear you mate. I understand that something so heavy is going to be a significant cost to post but I cant help but shed a tear when it cost nearly an additional 50% for postage. I'd be loading up on 10 sets if I lived in the US but alas I'll have to stick with 3.

I really wish someone would stock DF here in Australia so after the kickstarter I could buy lots of other sets. I'm already feeling the addiction starting to take hold and I haven't even got my DF tiles yet. Sadly however, postage costs will probably prevent me from ever buying DF again after this.

Are there any other Aussies here who regularly buy DF? How do you handle the cost of postage? Does anyone have any ideas to help cut down on costs? I really want to keep building up my DF arsenal after the kickstarter, especially after seeing some of those awesome pictures that others have posted of their dungeon set ups.

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by Maimonides_vii » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:08 am

Nathan wrote:

I would literally buy $260-500 worth of tiles/walls etc if the postage wasn't $400. Is there anyway to reduce this postage cost?



Unfortunately Nathan, the shipping costs are necessary, especially shipping to Australia. These sets are extremely weighty. For the $500 high end you mention, that would be 5 sets. The old sets of Basic Room Set weigh 6 lbs. These new sets weigh less, but not by a ton, so I'll guess maybe 4.5. Plus, due to the additional free stretch pieces, for every two sets you are buying you're currently getting 1 free set. So...

5 sets x 4.5 pounds = ~22.5 lbs.
2.5 free sets x 4.5 = ~11.25 lbs.
Total: 33.75 lbs. Shipping a large box (though it might be multiple boxes) to Australia from the U.S. at that weight...

I think it's actually a very good deal.

And do keep in mind the extra sets. Even if you can only afford 2 sets due to shipping, that is currently 3 sets, and by the end of the stretch goals, it may go to 4!

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Re:Postage to Australia

Post by dandare » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:28 am

Hi Nathan,
I am from the UK and like all of us 'internationals' we will have to pay the cost of additional shipping.
You are right, the KS postage costs do double after the $235 (painted) or $175 (unpainted) pledge levels going from $100 to $200 and the 'best deal' for all of us internationals is the '3 set' option:

3 sets = $235 + $100 Total = $335 Therefore cost of '1 set' = $111.67
5 sets = $380 + $200 Total = $580 Therefore 'cost of 1 set' = $116
10 sets = $730 +$400 Total = $1,130 Therefore cost of '1 set' = $113

But there is not much in it! They all represent a great deal with all the additional stretch goals and extra pieces we will all receive and as KS is rather 'basic' DF have had to cover the cost of shipping by calculating both the upper and lower weight levels of the total amount going to be shipped.. The more stretch goals the better the deal is for everyone.

I suggest that you consider getting a friend to make a second $235 / $175 pledge for you... (I know I have)
You will get the best value and get another free bag ! :D

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Postage to Australia

Post by Nathan » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:00 pm

I would literally buy $260-500 worth of tiles/walls etc if the postage wasn't $400. Is there anyway to reduce this postage cost?

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