Australian bulk buy of Saphir polish

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  1. mattc

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    I'm in as well. Let us know.
     


  2. meister

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    Me too. I want some renovateur creme. Maybe others stuff. I have used the cream in an English Tan colour with outstanding results.
     


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    My shoe repairer was not a fan of saphir for the C&J jones shoes I had. He thought it was the wrong type of polish for the particular leather finnish eventhough he was fan of Saphir.
     


  4. 3ff3z8e

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    Count me in to!! [​IMG]

    I'm thinking of getting some renovateur, mahogany and blue polish....
     


  5. meister

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    My shoe repairer was not a fan of saphir for the C&J jones shoes I had. He thought it was the wrong type of polish for the particular leather finnish eventhough he was fan of Saphir.

    Star my C&J RL double monks have an almost duco like shine from Saphir. I am about to post all my C&Js on the C&J thread so you can see.
     


  6. Mork

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    I'm in as well. Thanks for doing this.
     


  7. stateless

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    Alrighty. After a few days spent talking to some very nice people (Steve at Leffot, Ron at Rider Boots and Sarah at A Fine Pair of Shoes) I've determined that the cheapest way for everyone to get a few tins of polish is as follows:

    Order it yourself.

    Seriously. I can order wholesale from Ron (who is very nice, did I mention that) and charge everyone retail, but then I'd have to deal with import duties and all the hassle that entails. Sarah (who is also very nice, I might have mentioned) offered us a 10% discount if we ordered over $100 pounds and a $90 pound shipping rate for approx. 50 items.

    But by the time I added their shipping costs, plus Australian postage (cheapest I could assume was $6.30 to anywhere in Australia) the very cheapest I could get a tin of wax was about $14.70. I can get the product here cheaper than you can by yourself - but the $6 bucks Australian postage wipes out any savings I can organize for you.

    Or you can order a tin from A Fine Pair of Shoes and have it shipped here for about $15.50.

    You're all a very nice bunch, but you're not worth going to all the trouble of ordering, sorting, packaging and posting just to save you a 80 cents.

    It was a grand experiment, and I should thank the vendors that took the time to answer all my questions, but without setting up a business for profit and/or ordering a very large quantity, it's simply cheaper (almost) to buy it yourself.

    Both A Fine Pair of Shoes and Leffot ship to Australia, as does Valmour (although I've found their site broken and their prices higher than they should be) - select one of those fine vendors and place an order... just as I am about to do with A Fine Pair of Shoes in a few minutes.

    Thanks for the support though guys, sorry I couldn't come through for you.

    Cheers,
    Andrew.
     


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    For those curious, the order would have to be about 100 items to make the economies of scale work for us.

    If there is that much demand I'll take another look.
     


  9. appolyon

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    It would probably be easier for guys in the same state to put in a group order and then share the items at a meet up to save on additional costs and packaging.
     


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    Thanks for all your efforts in investigating this stateless!
     


  11. Wrigglez

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    thanks for all that , if its not ment to be its not ment to be, not to worry.
    cheers again.
     


  12. CHECKstar

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    Great work, shame it didn't work out. That said, I think this was a great idea and I don't think us isolated Australian members should discount the idea of other group buys. I remember a while back some guy bought a truck load of shoe trees, which went quite well. Maybe we could have a think about other opportunities?
     


  13. Journeyman

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    Seriously. I can order wholesale from Ron (who is very nice, did I mention that) and charge everyone retail, but then I'd have to deal with import duties and all the hassle that entails. Sarah (who is also very nice, I might have mentioned) offered us a 10% discount if we ordered over $100 pounds and a $90 pound shipping rate for approx. 50 items.



    I can entirely understand why it's too much trouble - when I placed an order with Valmour for myself and a few friends, it was rather like herding cats to get everyone to tell me precisely what colours they wanted, in polish and cream and I felt quite exhausted at the end of it.

    However, it's worth noting that you'd only have to pay import duties if the cost of the polish/cream and shipping was $1000 or more, and I suspect that it would take a fair bit of stuff to get you to that level.

    One proviso, though - courier companies like DHL and Fedex will sometimes charge you a "customs processing fee", even though there's nothing in your package that actually needs to be processed by customs and even though the cost of the product and shipping is well under $100. Personally, I consider the practice to be a rort, although I have been informed that there are sound reasons for doing it (other than increasing the bottom line of courier companies, of course)...
     


  14. stateless

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    It was a great learning experience. There are a lot of great people out there who know a lot about their products are are very willing to share.

    A Melbourne-only buy could definitely work with a smaller number of units though.

    How about this; I'm placing my order on Wed next week with A Fine Pair of Shoes (to give them time to get more Rejuvenator in), PM me if you want to add anything to the order.

    I'll let you know your share of the shipping when I finalize the order and people can pick their order up from where I work in the CBD.
     


  15. stateless

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    Gents, I will be placing my order with A Fine Pair of Shoes tomorrow night, for those in Melbourne that want to add some items to pick up. PM me and let me know what you'd like (item, color, quantity).
     


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