Posts about Bargins

Boxing Day Bargain: Motorola X 2014 2nd Gen Pure Edition 16 GB Phone

December 26th, 2014

I have a bargain for those of you looking to buy a Motorola X 2014 phone. Due to a ordering mix up (one of my US partners ordered the wrong colour model)  we now have brand new open box one sitting here at my home in Sydney for sale. The specs are below and the price is AUS$500 + AUS$20 shipping. On eBay the same phone is selling for around AUS$675 – $700 so this should hopefully go fast.

Back -> Dark Teal
Front -> Black
Trim -> Metallic Dark Gray
No Case
Memory -> 16GB
Wall Charger -> White
Unlocked phone without a contract
Moto X pure edition

If you have any questions please just email me.

Edit. Sold – was a great bargain. My husband was disappointed as he was wanting to keep it for himself.

Shipping Perfume and Aftershave is Possible

August 25th, 2014

My US partners can once again ship perfume and aftershave. The shipping will be as cheap since it can only be done via first class mail (economy), but you are limited to orders under 2 kg and $250 in value. Since perfumes and aftershaves are not heavy this limitations should not be a problem if you are only ordering a few. This means you can purchase the perfume gifts and value sets or the holiday and miniature packs which are not available here in Australia from Macy’s, Sephora, Nordstrom and many other stores. Another bonus is that the free perfume samples offered by Sephora can now be included in your Price USA order. Some perfumes may not work out to be cheaper (this depends on the A$), but if you want a particular perfume that is only available in the USA then this is now possible. So time to shop and smell delish!

Amazon Fire TV

April 10th, 2014

The Amazon Fire TV units seems to be a popular item at the moment. We have now shipped a few and they proved to be 2 lbs each in weight. If shipped today using economy mail the total landed cost of an Amazon Fire TV is A$136.12 – this will of course change a little bit with the exchange rate, but I thought I would post this so people had a better idea of the final cost.

Ordering Chainsaws from the USA

August 19th, 2013

I have to say I know very little about chainsaws, but I have learned a lot about how expensive some are in Australia compared to the USA and how difficult it is to purchase them from a USA store and have them shipped to  Australia. All of the major chainsaw brands such as Stihl and Husqvarna have licensing agreements with their distributors here in Australia. If you try to purchase a chainsaw from the USA you will be redirect you to an Australian distributor.

People have tried to get around this by purchasing the chainsaw themselves and having it shipped to someone in the US who can then forward it on to you in Australia. Unfortunately this is just not possible with chainsaws. Why? All retailers of chainsaws are asked by the manufacturer to test them prior to sale. This involves putting petrol (gas) in the tank. Although this is not an issue when chainsaws are sold within the USA since they are transported by ground or picked up in person, once an chainsaw tank has had petrol in it then it cannot be shipped by the air. This makes it illegal to ship a tested chainsaw to Australia. This is of course a very clever way of forcing Australians pay far more!

Fortunately my US partner has found a distributor of Stihl chainsaws who has agreed not to test the chainsaws before sale. Any new chainsaw purchased through Price USA will not have had any petrol put into the tank and so can be shipped to Australia. My US partner is able to get a discount from the retailer when purchasing multiple chainsaws and we pass this discount  on to you. The chainsaws are repacked by my US partner at no extra cost to you to reduce the shipping cost. Once all of this is take into account the total landed of cost can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than here in Australia. I should mention that my US partners can get any Stihl products, not just chainsaws.

If you are interested in ordering a chainsaw then just fill in my order page and I will send you a quote. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A QUOTE HERE AS I CAN ONLY QUOTE YOU VIA MY ORDER FORM.

The shipping cost depends on the chainsaw and bar ordered, but assume around 20 to 30 lbs volumetric shipping weight (US120 – $175). The shipping within the USA cost is US$30 (this covers my US partner driving to the dealer and picking up it in person).

I have added a couple of quick buys for the Stihl MS291 and Stihl MS391 since these seems to be the most popular. Not all models are worth ordering from the USA (it is model specific). You can get an idea of the US price for the other chainsaws from here. Don’t forget to take into consideration the exchange rate and the shipping costs.

Edit 2. May 2015

I should mention that my US partner can now ship chainsaws that have “trace” amounts of petrol in the tank as hazardous goods. This means that can ship other brand chainsaws, but given the weight and volume of most chainsaws it might not be worth doing so. Always estimate the likely cost of ordering from the USA and compare it to the price here in Australia as it is not always cheaper to order from the USA once you include the shipping cost into account.

Edit 3. August 2016

If you want a quote on a chainsaw please just fill in my order form. It helps me advise you better if you include what the chainsaw model you want costs here in Australia.

Shipping 101: A guide for the perplexed

March 2nd, 2013

Working out which shipping method to use can be complicated. There are also some quirks with the way international shipping works that mean that doing something like consolidating your orders can end up costing you more than shipping them separately. Here are some of the most common quirks to watch for.

  1. It often cheaper to not consolidate low value orders. Economy shipping has a weight limit of 4 lbs (1.8 kg) and a total value limit of $250. For example, if you have three orders that each weight 2 lbs, then the total weight if they are consolidated would be 6 lbs. This is too great to ship economy and so would cost US$99.17 (US$79.17 + US$10 + US$10) to ship. If you were instead place the three orders separately then the shipping and handling would only be US$68.40 (3 x US$22.80). You would of course get tracking on the shipment if you were to consolidated, but you will be paying almost $32 extra for this.
  2. You can only ship one pair of shoes in their boxes, or two pairs out of their boxes, via economy. Shoes are one of the most popular items people like to order, but if you want the cheapest shipping try to stick to these limits. If you want to order more than 2 pairs of shoes then it normally makes more sense to split your order up into multiple smaller orders than order a whole lot at once. The general rule is unless you are ordering more than 10 pairs of shoes at once then it will be cheaper to ship the shoes economy in sets of 2 without their boxes.
  3. Express shipping is cheaper 99% of the time than economy shipping when the weight is over 4 lbs. This might seem totally crazy, but because of the way shipping works express shipping is almost always cheaper for larger items than economy shipping. The only exception is moderately sized items that are light and bulky. We know this is difficult for you to work out, so just put a note in your order that you would like the cheapest shipping when you fill out the order form. If it turns out your order is one of the exceptions then my US partners will ship your order economy.
  4. Orders over $250 can’t be shipped economy. It can often make more sense to split an order in two than ship as one high value order. For example, you are ordering two items that each cost $200 and weigh 2 lbs then then it would cost US$64.87 to have them shipped together. If you were to place two separate orders (and not mark them consolidated) then the total shipping cost would be only US$45.60 (2 x US$22.80). Anytime your order exceeds the economy shipping limits then it will likely cost more to ship.
  5. Shipping is based on weight only for economy shipping, but weight and volume for express shipping. This is one of those crazy shipping quirks that make our life so difficult. Use the shipping cost calculator on my order page (button on the top right hand side) to see how this works. Play around with different weight and volumes and see how the costs of different methods change. You will see that the economy shipping methods don’t change with volume changes (unless you exceed the max size), but express shipping is very dependent on volume. A small 1″ or 2″ change in the height of a large box might cause the shipping cost to go up $30 to $40.
  6. Sea freight only makes sense for orders over 120 lbs. Sea freight is a great new options if you want to order a really large and/or heavy item, but because of the complications involved in sea freight it really only makes sense to use it for large items.
  7. Snowboards and guitars are too big to ship via mail. These are two of our most popular large items to order. Both are relatively light and would be ideal to ship via USPS mail but they are just too large. They must come by UPS (courier). While there is a lot of variation in size for both these items, you can assume a minimum of 20 lbs volumetric weight for snowboards and 40 lbs for guitars.
  8. If you don’t know the shipping weight don’t worry. On the order page under the international shipping you can always select “estimate cheap shipping for me” or “estimate fast shipping for me” and we will then estimate the shipping cost based on our experience. Any information you can provide us on the size and weight  is helpful. If we can’t estimate the shipping cost we will let you know in the quote.
  9. We repack for free if it will save you money. If it will save you money to repack your items my US partners will do this automatically and no extra cost. This can make a huge difference in the shipping cost since many stores in the USA ship in items in massive boxes.
  10. The estimate is just an estimate and does not affect the final shipping cost. Unless you have a fixed price quote then the shipping estimate is just there to help you estimate the total cost. In the end the shipping cost will be determined by the actual package size and weight not our estimate.

Sea Freight to Australia

February 4th, 2013

In combination with shipporter my US partners are now able to sea freight to Australia. This is much more cost effective for orders over 110 lbs (50 kg). My FAQ pages has more details about this new option, but these are some important points to keep in mind if you are thinking of using sea freight.

  • It is slow. Expect to wait 4 to 4 weeks at least.
  • It is not cost effective for smaller orders. Sea freight is not a cheap substitute for UPS or USPS shipping. It really is only worthwhile for shipping items with an actual or volumetric weight greater than 100 lbs.
  • The size limit is 400cm x 210cm x 210cm. This is pretty big!
  • Sea freight is more complex than air shipping. Because of this it is not possible to give 100% accurate quotes in advance, but I have tried to be conservative in estimating the likely costs on my shipping cost calculator. I expect that the major of orders will cost less than what my shipping cost calculator estimates based on the weight, but it is worth keeping in mind that it might be more.
  • Freight is shipped out of California. Because of this there may be Californian sales tax charged on the order by the original store. This will depend if the store has a physical presence in California or not.

Despite these caveats sea freight is a great option for shipping really large items.


We now can ship perfumes

October 4th, 2011

Some good news. My US partners have been able to workout a legal way of shipping perfume and aftershave from the USA to Australia. Even better news is it the shipping will be as cheap as first class mail. The only downside is there is no tracking on the shipping and hence you are limited to orders under 2 kg and $250 in value, but given how cheap perfume is in the USA this should not be too much of an problem 🙂



Apple iPhone Price Drop

April 10th, 2008

I have recently changed my iPhone partner because my previous partner became seriously ill. My new partner is charging less to get the iPhones ($20 rather than $40 extra). He also pays less USA state sales tax so the price of the iPhones is now $US449.80 for the 8GB model and US$557.52 for the 16GB model. With the Australian dollar up at the moment they now work out at around A$566 and A$692 to get here with my fees and express shipping included.


USA projector rebates extended through March 2008

March 4th, 2008

The USA recession must be really starting to bite as all the projector rebates have been extended through to the end of March. In addition, Visual Apex is now offering some pretty substantial addition instant rebates ($75 to $200) and free shipping on their projectors.

The standout bargain at the moment is the Optoma HD70 720p DLP projector at US$949.00 with free USA shipping and a $200 mail-in rebate. This brings the final price including shipping to Australia and our fees to around $A950.00. This is well under the $1000 customs limit so you won’t need to pay GST or duty on the projector either.


Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro Bargains

February 29th, 2008

Amazon is running out the previous model Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros. With the extra rebates (US$75 on the MacBook and US$150 on the MacBook Pros these are a great bargain at only A$1,849.00 for the 15″ MacBook Pro and A$1,112.00 for the White 13″ MacBook. This price includes shipping and our fees. The quickbuy links are below.