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Feel like Cheaping Out on Shoe Trees...

blahman

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Considering how ridiculously expensive everything is here in Australia, I'm thinking about going ghetto on shoe trees: Plastic shoe trees and throw in a few packs of desiccants into the shoe (or maybe some rice). Not sure how other Australian members went with importing shoe trees, knowing how completely anal Australian quarantine is about this stuff. Thoughts?
 

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blahman,

I ordered a pair of expanding shoe trees about (GBP16) along with a pair of shoes from Herring Shoes and somehow, it doesn't seem to be an issue as I received them in 3 days. This is assuming that they do x-ray the stuff even if they're shipped via UPS.
 

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I've ordered several pairs of cedar shoe trees from eBay and have never had any problems at all with customs/quarantine. Because they are heavy, shipping costs are not cheap, but they still end up being far cheaper than the shoe trees sold here by Florsheim, David Jones and so on that are not as good.

I'd definitely recommend looking for some sets on eBay rather than getting plastic ones.
 

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IIRC one of the aussie member was proxying them some time back. Got 2-3 pairs from him.
 

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Originally Posted by "Style Guru"
How much are cedar trees in Australia? From the way people are talking it's like they're worth their weight in gold


As blahman notes, most places charge $35 - $40 and more for them, and yet they're often not as nice as the "Costco" style ones that people were apparently picking up in the US for something like $20 for a box of two pairs.

Hence, even despite the high shipping costs for a box full of pieces of cedar and metal, it's often considerably cheaper to buy a few pairs from eBay or somewhere similar.
 

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