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postage rip off 16 Apr 2019 23:36 #11

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I'm in the UK as well.

I've got 4 restos on the go, all North American imports, and my total postage bill to date is (you'd better sit down for this!) £2400!!

As Sum41 sang, I was "In Too Deep" to stop!

Too late for me now, but what we outside of the US need is a collections person/persons in the US to whom all of our parts could be sent to, for onward transmission to UK/Europe/Australasia etc at sensible postal charges. Even if they were remunerated for doing this, my guess is that it would still be cheaper. I understand that some kind hearted US members have already done this for some UK members - much appreciated.

Oh well, back to the real world..........!!

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postage rip off 17 Apr 2019 05:40 #12

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For a current project I needed to get some new Kawasaki parts shipped to the US from Indonesia. The parts are not available to order from Kawasaki USA.

Parts were extremely affordable. A factory new Kawasaki cylinder was about $120. Head $35 Piston kit $25. The cheapest shipping cost was well more than the parts cost. About $200 in parts cost $300 to ship.

Just a new cylinder for a comparable parts-available-in-the-USA model Kawasaki is over $600 when bought from the dealer here. Head is $120. Piston and rings $110.

So it still was a bargain even with the high shipping costs... and I didn't have any choice.

In the same vein, I think we're all spoiled a bit at the often very cheap cost of parts for these old Yamaha's here in the USA. It seems ridiculous to spend $10 for shipping a $8 part... but often if you look at the price of the same part for a new Yamaha, even with high shipping costs it's still a bargain.

Especially considering these bikes are 40+ years old and it's a miracle parts are still available at all !!
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postage rip off 17 Apr 2019 08:01 #13

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Yeah shipping abroad Ive also found USPS is always better pricing the UPS and FedEx.

On the other hand I have bought items from china with very cheap shipping. I bought 3 head phone cables for 99 cents, free shipping
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postage rip off 18 Apr 2019 02:50 #14

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Here you go....M10 bolt £1.91 and postage £17.17.......I thought Concorde was now retired ?

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postage rip off 18 Apr 2019 07:53 #15

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How do the Chinese do it? I purchased an inexpensive (14 bucks vs 80-90) fuel petcock (no vacuum) 4 my KZ, it came from there free shipping, my girlfriend's purchases crap for as little as a buck, it's got Chinese crap written all over package, How do they do that when US postage has to cost something, let alone all the places it went in China b-4 going over-seas?
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postage rip off 18 Apr 2019 08:48 #16

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liferbiker wrote: How do the Chinese do it?


Little kids work for free.

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postage rip off 26 Apr 2019 16:27 #17

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I live in western Canada and source 90% of my parts from the US. There isn't a lot up here for vintage bikes. Fortunately our winters are now spent in So California and it's during this time period that I buy most of my parts. E-Bay frequently offers free shipping within the US and the part arrives in a few days. I did a calculation of shipping costs for nine items within the US and to Alberta where I live.
The costs to Alberta worked out to 229.00 vs 47.00 within the states. These are in Canadian dollars. Factor in the exchange rate too. The Global Shipping program on E- Bay shows no logic in calculations either. The prices vary wildly. Some E-Bay sellers won't ship to Canada! I'm on a pension and could not afford my hobby if we didn't winter in the US. One other option for Albertans is the shipping companies at the Montana /Alberta border. Ship to them, cross the border, pick up your packages and cross back to Canada. My brother in law lives close to the border and does this all the time. Shipping from Asia and the EU is about the same as to the US. For the most part, you American residents have it pretty good from a Canadian standpoint. I am amazed at the availability, price and choices in the US.
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postage rip off 26 Apr 2019 20:32 #18

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Mothersbaugh wrote:

liferbiker wrote: How do the Chinese do it?


Little kids work for free.


Lots of row boats

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Thanks Mark
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postage rip off 26 Apr 2019 22:40 #19

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Some countries have a mutual agreement with the USA. Once a package is shipped to either country, in country shipping is paid for by recipient country. I was importing sporting equipment from Germany before the fire and it was typically cheaper to ship items from the factories in Germany than my storage in California.
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postage rip off 09 May 2019 14:52 #20

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Hi Did you find a better uk source for the exhaust gasket string? Thanks

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