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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2017 07:12 pm
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Man!! Do you ever have to watch shipping costs.
I ordered some items from one company, who shall remain nameless, that totaled $65 and change.  It was a very good price.  When I went to check out, USPS Priority was $53 and change!!!  That sure seemed high.
So I did not complete the order.  Went to another company, ordered the same items.  Total for the items was $74 and change.  USPS Priority was $12 and change.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Ripoff&Son have quite a bit of outlets around the world.



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You are right Reg,to get anything sent to Australia from overseas is a real battle and an eye opener.I have cancelled many orders due to unreasonable shipping costs,only to go to another dealer to get a better shipping cost as you did.A good example was some motor parts I required from the USA,parts $17.50...shipping $53.00....went to another sight....parts $21...shipping $17.50.Very small parts that fitted into the smallest padded bag.This seems to be common on most retail sites on the web,whether it be Ebay or individual retail stores.....BUYER BEWARE ..Some stores seem to cover themselves by calling it ..shipping and handling costs..seems some stores overpay their staff going by the handling costs or they use gold plated cardboard cartons........Peter.(_!_):us:

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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2017 09:55 pm
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Peter:
I guess I shouldn't complain.  I bet getting things to Australia from anywhere can be and adventure.
Though I experience somewhat of that adventure.  One of my other hobbies (I have too many) is machine work.  The hotbed of that hobby is Great Britain. It is not uncommon to pay more for the shipping than the item.
Still. It pays to shop.  I will never use the first company again.  There are plenty of sources from with model railroad supplies are available. 
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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2017 11:24 pm
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Reg ,I didn't add on the dollar difference,so add $.33 per dollar so shopping overseas can be expensive.I don't know if there is an easy solution apart from looking around when shopping as I have done for many years.But we should not complain,as far as many hobbies go, we now have such a variety of items to buy of good quality, fine scale and detail that we didn't have in the past.Modern technology has produced some great ways of making products,we just have to pay for it.I love my hobby and I can now do things today that I dreamt about years ago.....eg.... dcc..leds  wireless and fine detailed castings.:rah:....Peter.



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Even postage here in the US can get expensive.  Most sellers on eBay seem to try to keep their shipping costs under control.  Although I have seen a few that seem to think the sky's the limit.




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I'm looking at a number of items on eBay at the moment where US sellers are demanding anything between $12 and $53 to ship to the UK the same item with a very similar basic purchase price. And again, how can you justify $28 to ship a single 1/48 scale figure when somebody else will do it for $8!
Shop around and be happy!



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2foot6 wrote: Reg ,I didn't add on the dollar difference,so add $.33 per dollar so shopping overseas can be expensive.I don't know if there is an easy solution apart from looking around when shopping as I have done for many years.But we should not complain,as far as many hobbies go, we now have such a variety of items to buy of good quality, fine scale and detail that we didn't have in the past.Modern technology has produced some great ways of making products,we just have to pay for it.I love my hobby and I can now do things today that I dreamt about years ago.....eg.... dcc..leds  wireless and fine detailed castings.:rah:....Peter.
Yes.  I have been in the hobby a good many years.  I have just ripped up an On30 layout that was all handlaid track.  Structures were scratch built or craftsman kits.  You can see some of that layout in the On30 section under HBR&NCo Progress. 

The basic pieces have all been stowed away for another day.  

But I got in the habit of building most things for the layout because that was the way you got quality. Does anyone else remember the old brass rail flex track with the cardboard ties?

I am in the beginning stages of building an HO layout.  I am using commercial turnouts and flex track and some of the excellent plastic structure kits from Walthers and others.  Definitely outside my tradition.  

I purchased a whole collection of diesel locomotives and rolling stock from an estate.  It has been a long time since I looked at HO diesels.  It amazes me that they now come with detail and paint work that we used to have to add ourselves. 

The one thing I miss from the "good old days" is the local hobby shop.  They just don't exist anymore.   The closest actual hobby shop to me is a two hour drive away, if traffic cooperates.  Which is why shipping rates are now an issue.

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@Reg H
brass flex track on cardboard ties - I brought that back in 1962 from Sweden where they did sell such things in Hobby Shops. In Germany, it was all tin-plate inverted-u sectional track at that time. I put down my first section of flex track on my new layout with that - only to find out that my flanges were a little too deep for Code 100 - but it worked, although the trains were a bit noisy on that section.



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Reg,

I understand.  The closest true model train shop is over an hour away from me.  When you figure in the cost of gas it's often cheaper to just have it shipped to you.

Of course if the hobby shop was closer to me I would probably just spend more money.:wave:


I use some brass rail on my current outdoor layout since I use BPRC in my locos.  If anyone out there has some old brass track they want to get rid of I gladly accept donations.;)

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