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2 hours ago, gjm said:

I have too much time on my hands, so I've been honing my grumpy old git persona. :P

What is it about so many (typically) younger people that means they have to swear ALL THE TIME ? It seems everything is tagged with sh!t, f*ck, c*nt... And rarely in the "good c*nt" way.

We're pretty grown up on here but look at Facebook, Instagram, or other social media sites, and you could be forgiven for thinking everyone is about 14 and trying to prove what a tough guy they are.

Yeah not sure, I swear almost every sentence when around mates etc, I don't even realise I'm doing it, but NEVER online, and never in a professional capacity.

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I've been tainted by overnight, free shipping and cheap well branded parts.

I'm dreading coming back to NZ.  Though there will be many many parts coming back with me.  Many.  All of the parts.

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19 minutes ago, Driftit said:

I've been tainted by overnight, free shipping and cheap well branded parts.

I'm dreading coming back to NZ.  Though there will be many many parts coming back with me.  Many.  All of the parts.

If my country wasn't crazy, I'd move back there for amazon prime, and cheap parts. :(

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1 hour ago, Driftit said:

I've been tainted by overnight, free shipping and cheap well branded parts.

I'm dreading coming back to NZ.  Though there will be many many parts coming back with me.  Many.  All of the parts.

I've just come back from a few weeks in the states and I enjoyed the cheap parts and even cheaper shipping.

We left NZ with two bags, and returned with four.

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1 hour ago, Gabe79 said:

If my country wasn't crazy, I'd move back there for amazon prime, and cheap parts. :(

What country mate?

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4 minutes ago, zero said:

What country mate?

'murica.

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27 minutes ago, Gabe79 said:

'murica.

I was just back there visiting family, and you can feel how divided the country is.

Not as bad as the media makes out, but definitely noticeable.

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I've been ordering a few things from the UK. Nothing too big, nothing expensive - couple of £ here and there, several items. Shipping to NZ would be multiples of the value of any single item.

Thought I'd use NZPost YouShop. So far, it'll cost me a lot more to use their consolidated service than it would to ship each item individually!
- A book - shipping from Amazon less than £10; NZPost YouShop shipping: $22.
- A bluetooth keyboard for our daughter - shipping would have been £12; YouShop shipping £17.25.

OK - let's consolidate the two items into a single package. Consolidated shipping rate - no saving over individual shipping. £39.25. :o 

Perhaps I'm missing the point of using a service like this, unless it is to just make more money for NZPost?

(By the way - you cannot get an estimate for YouShop shipping until they have received the items at their warehouse.)

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@gjm I think you shop is more aimed at the places that won’t ship here, rather than for saving us money

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If you have any big heavy shipments then it works out cheaper than UPS etc

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1 hour ago, gjm said:

I've been ordering a few things from the UK. Nothing too big, nothing expensive - couple of £ here and there, several items. Shipping to NZ would be multiples of the value of any single item.

Thought I'd use NZPost YouShop. So far, it'll cost me a lot more to use their consolidated service than it would to ship each item individually!
- A book - shipping from Amazon less than £10; NZPost YouShop shipping: $22.
- A bluetooth keyboard for our daughter - shipping would have been £12; YouShop shipping £17.25.

OK - let's consolidate the two items into a single package. Consolidated shipping rate - no saving over individual shipping. £39.25. :o 

Perhaps I'm missing the point of using a service like this, unless it is to just make more money for NZPost?

(By the way - you cannot get an estimate for YouShop shipping until they have received the items at their warehouse.)

 

1 hour ago, eliongater said:

@gjm I think you shop is more aimed at the places that won’t ship here, rather than for saving us money

 

19 minutes ago, qube said:

If you have any big heavy shipments then it works out cheaper than UPS etc

I've been using comgateway for years. They are a lot better than the NZ Post service.

 

2 hours ago, zero said:

I was just back there visiting family, and you can feel how divided the country is.

Not as bad as the media makes out, but definitely noticeable.

I was there in January. I don't think I can live there anymore, based on that one visit, alas... First time back with family since the election, and that division the media portrays is probably not nearly as intense as what I felt, alas...

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1 hour ago, gjm said:

I've been ordering a few things from the UK. Nothing too big, nothing expensive - couple of £ here and there, several items. Shipping to NZ would be multiples of the value of any single item.

Thought I'd use NZPost YouShop. So far, it'll cost me a lot more to use their consolidated service than it would to ship each item individually!
- A book - shipping from Amazon less than £10; NZPost YouShop shipping: $22.
- A bluetooth keyboard for our daughter - shipping would have been £12; YouShop shipping £17.25.

OK - let's consolidate the two items into a single package. Consolidated shipping rate - no saving over individual shipping. £39.25. :o 

Perhaps I'm missing the point of using a service like this, unless it is to just make more money for NZPost?

(By the way - you cannot get an estimate for YouShop shipping until they have received the items at their warehouse.)

forget youshop.  madness.  search MyUS.com visa promotion.

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5 hours ago, Gabe79 said:

If my country wasn't crazy, I'd move back there for amazon prime, and cheap parts. :(

you're welcome here, mate.  this is your country now :)

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I got 2 boxes of 5kg each on the way with youshop for under $44 each.

cheaper than anywhere else which was double that.

feel free to tell me if there are even cheaper options but that seems solid to me.

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51 minutes ago, qube said:

I got 2 boxes of 5kg each on the way with youshop for under $44 each.

cheaper than anywhere else which was double that.

feel free to tell me if there are even cheaper options but that seems solid to me.

I'd need the dimensions of each box, as well as the weights.

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cant remember the exact dimension but volumetric weight and actual weight was all around 4.8-5.2kg

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2 hours ago, Gabe79 said:

I was there in January. I don't think I can live there anymore, based on that one visit, alas... First time back with family since the election, and that division the media portrays is probably not nearly as intense as what I felt, alas...

Yea, I spent time with my wife's family and friends, and the division was really strong even between the family members, and between the friends.

One family member told another family member that they couldn't borrow the car anymore if they voted democrat.

I've been to the US five times in the last 14 years, and its never felt like this before.

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Fuggin' retrofit 3rd brake lights.

Who's idea was this? From Jan 1st 1990 you must have a third brake light on a vehicle. Any car manufactured after this date and imported to NZ must have one retro-fitted. So that's BMW E30s manufactured in 1990. Not (identical) BMW E30s manufactured in 1989.

I've got enough on my plate dealing with redundancy and trying to make ends meet while shipping Mrs M to the UK for her mother's funeral (we'd all go, but money doesn't allow that).

So, having made the sad (not as sad as losing my Mother-in-Law, obviously) decision to sell the Baur if work doesn't turn up in the meantime, imagine exactly how pleased I was to witness the complete and utter shambles of a job which was done to fit a 3rd brake light in the middle of the boot lid. Basically - the boot lid is trash. Completely stuffed. Not only did the lid not receive any sort of prep or corrosion inhibiting treatment when the holes were gouged out of it (use the 1/2" drill bit straight into sheet metal - no pilot hole) but close inspection reveals it was creased when this was done.

It's rotted across 50% of the boot lid, including rusting through. Most of the panel looked fine, but that was because corrosion from the inside hadn't broken through the outside paint.
Repair is possible, but any welding is likely to distort the panel even more than it is already. So it'll be a replacement bootlid, prep, paint, paint matching...

Wouldn't it be nice if others could make the effort to look after our cars as well as we will?

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Bubba's handiwork isn't commonplace in BMW's compared to your typical jap and aus car but it hurts when its unfixable on a nice car

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On 3/21/2018 at 12:45 PM, gjm said:

I've been ordering a few things from the UK. Nothing too big, nothing expensive - couple of £ here and there, several items. Shipping to NZ would be multiples of the value of any single item.

Thought I'd use NZPost YouShop. So far, it'll cost me a lot more to use their consolidated service than it would to ship each item individually!
- A book - shipping from Amazon less than £10; NZPost YouShop shipping: $22.
- A bluetooth keyboard for our daughter - shipping would have been £12; YouShop shipping £17.25.

OK - let's consolidate the two items into a single package. Consolidated shipping rate - no saving over individual shipping. £39.25. :o 

Perhaps I'm missing the point of using a service like this, unless it is to just make more money for NZPost?

(By the way - you cannot get an estimate for YouShop shipping until they have received the items at their warehouse.)

OK. By adding more things to my order, I was able to reduce the shipping cost. (My brain hurts trying to work that out.)

So, all paid, package consolidated, shipped out of the UK, into Auckland airport and... That's it. 6 days (so far) 'Held for clearance'.
Whatever you do when ordering something from overseas, don't make it time-sensitive, and don't pay extra for expedited delivery. NZ Customs will not be hurried.

 

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They took 2 weeks for my stuff a few weeks ago, and there is no hurrying it up. If you sign up for the notifications on the website you can pay the bill online, and save having to wait for the snail mail bill...

 

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12 minutes ago, Jacko said:

They took 2 weeks for my stuff a few weeks ago, and there is no hurrying it up. If you sign up for the notifications on the website you can pay the bill online, and save having to wait for the snail mail bill...

No bill involved. All-up cost of well under $300, including shipping. Nothing to tax in it.

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On 4/4/2018 at 5:28 PM, gjm said:

So, all paid, package consolidated, shipped out of the UK, into Auckland airport and... That's it. 6 days (so far) 'Held for clearance'.
Whatever you do when ordering something from overseas, don't make it time-sensitive, and don't pay extra for expedited delivery. NZ Customs will not be hurried.

Still not cleared customs. :(

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11 hours ago, gjm said:

Still not cleared customs. :(

You watch. It'll turn up on your doorstep and the tracking doofer will still say "In transit".

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6 hours ago, Young Thrash Driver said:

You watch. It'll turn up on your doorstep and the tracking doofer will still say "In transit".

Well, part of that is true.

It's not here.

But it is still 'Held for clearance.'

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