My Experience with Online Overseas Shopping V’s Local Products

Online Overseas Shopping V’s Local Products

I thought I’d be smart, and buy a few things online locally, thinking that the delivery times would be much faster, compared to the shopping overseas using cheaper competitors.

Here are my findings.

I bought two items located in Melbourne Australia, One direct from a retail store, and the other via ebay.

  • The retail store is located approx 36 kilometres from my home, OVER THREE WEEKS have now gone by, and still nothing, also non existent email customer service. Item Cost: AU $124.50
    What really annoys me most, is the fact they are a prominent Australian retail outlet, with a strong online presence.
  • Melbourne Ebay store, Fast Postage, Fast Communications, although No Tracking supplied, 5 days to delivery (Weekend included in time needed for delivery). (I Will deal with them again.) Item Cost: AU $88.50

Next Australian Items I bought, both were located in Sydney

I bought two items located in Sydney from the online offerings of Ebay.

  • First store was as expected, Fast to Post (Same Day), and excellent communications, complete with full Australia Post tracking of my parcel. (I have dealt with them before, and will again in the future) Item Cost: AU $21.95
  • Second store, Not So Good, took 5 days to get my item ready to post, unknown delivery time, NO POSTAL TRACKING, even though I paid for it. Item Cost: AU $8.99 + AU $3.50 postage

Next Australian Ebay Item I bought was located in South Australia

  • This online ebay store, gave no postage choices on checkout. So I was surprised to see they supplied me with a tracking number. My camera lens arrived 9 days after my weekend order was placed, it was well packaged and not a bad product for the price, So as you can imagine, I will be dealing with this company again. Item Cost: AU $19.95

    • Postal details below:

Paid 2nd July (Saturday)
Posted 6th July (Monday)
In transit Processed through Australia Post facility 9:26am Wed 6 Jul Netley, SA
In transit With Australia Post for delivery today 9:23am Mon 11 Jul Dandenong South, VIC
Delivered 3:15pm Mon 11 July, VIC

Now to Ebay Stores located in China.

I purchased another camera lens the same day as my South Australia purchase.

  • This ebay store gave my the choice of tracking and expedited postal service, So I opted to pay the extra. Three weeks have gone by with item awaiting packaging, according to HK tracking ID supplied. I contacted the seller, who said item was already posted. Miraculously the Supplied Tracking Number on the same day suddenly jumped  to say the Item has been Received by overseas carrier. H’mmm Wonders will never cease. Item Cost: AU $23.95 + AU $3.50 postage
    Paid 2nd July
    Posted 5th July (No they didn’t) Real Postal date 19th July

And now onto the last item on my list from China.

  • I bought a camera Monopod from a different Chinese store, Fast Postage, (Next Day, with full Toll Tracking number) Amazingly fast service. I have popped a snippet from the transport company website, to show you just how fast they are.) AND THIS WAS THE CHEAPEST JY0506 Aluminum Monopod I could find, coming in at AU $153.28

Paid 17th July
Shipped 18th July

Monopod Delivered 8 Days from Payment

25 Jul 16
Endeavour Hills – AUSTRALIA
25 Jul 16
Port Melbourne (MEL) – AUSTRALIA
Out for Delivery
25 Jul 16
Melbourne – Australia
In Transit to Destination
25 Jul 16
Melbourne – Australia
Arrived Hub
21 Jul 16
Guangzhou (guangdong) – CHINA
In Transit to Destination
21 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA
In Transit to Destination
20 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA
Arrived Hub
20 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA

My Personal Conclusion:

You defiantly Don’t Get What You Pay For, when it comes to handling and shipping costs.

The level of service offered by current online stores, swings wildly, with the CHEAPEST EBAY STORES, WINNING HANDS DOWN. Both in Australia, and China.

Well, that’s my personal findings so far.

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