Originally Posted by ruben
All international shipping is a hassle. For shipping within the US I can print the label on my computer, use a free priority mail box or envelope, and drop it in a post box at any hour. For international shipping I have to buy a box or tyvex envelope (usually a couple bucks at the least), go in person to the post office (since I work all day it usually means over lunch or rushing in after work) wait in line, fill out a customs form, deal with the cranky counter lady who treats every international delivery as if it's a secret shipment of black tar heroin.
Originally Posted by davesmith
i vote you for president, i haven't heard such true words in a long time for some reason i have been to the post office about 10 times in the last 2 weeks, drives me insane, it is the funniest place on earth though, i could write a book about everything i saw there.
I agree, international shipping is a hassle, however for some on the receiving end it is an absolute godsend. I am in Perth, Australia and we have to pay outrageous prices for absolutely anything of decent quality. Often is the case where it is cheaper to buy online, pay shipping and receive a product, let alone a quality one. Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren are considered the highest end garments in major department stores. Where we can buy Zegna its only available at one department store and one 'boutique' (see below) in the city and as a result it is way over priced and never goes on sale. The other alternative is a lot called Parker & Co which are the only store to stock anything above the level of Zegna, and it is very expensive. $250 for a Brioni tie etc. $295 for Kiton. This store hardly has sales and when they do its the ugly pieces from 5 years ago that haven't sold. It is not just clothing though, for me to get a decent bottle of Rum within Australia, I have to go online. No B&M sells reasonably priced decent rum. Eg El Dorado Rum 15YO is $130 from Nicks.com.au. I can get it shipped from the US for $90 ($30 for bottle, $30 for tax and $30 for postage). Recently, although I admit some stores are working towards and introducing online shipping, many of my go-to stores are cutting shipping OS. For example, cigar.com where I paid $100-200 for a box of cigars shipped, then $150 tax and I would come way under the $600 price that the (only) local store sells them at. Sometimes people aren't buying online just to save a buck or two, for some it is to save hundreds of dollars, or to actually obtain and item of quality. Florsheim (apart from pointy toed Zegna at above mentioned department store and $2000 pairs of Church's at Parker and Co) are
the highest quality shoes we can buy in Perth. There are no other alternatives unless you consider Julius Marlow
to be the second best shoes in the world, as many Australians believe. Honestly, I'd say there are no more than 250 people in the whole
of Perth that would know of any brands with better quality than Marlow's or Florsheim.