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    Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 6:19am
Hey,
I know that there are a bunch of brands which can't be posted to Australia :(
But if i post them to a friend in the US and he posts them to me, there shouldn't be a problem with that yeah? Has anyone in Aus ever done it this way?
Everything is just so much cheaper on here and i'd hate to be paying $800+ for a board i can get for $300 on here.
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  Quote ippollite Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 6:24am
if you get your mate to ship a snowboard it will cost you a FORTUNE. Your best bet if you plan on doing it that way is to go with a mail forwarding company. They often have deals with couriers like fedex which your mates would never be able to get. Shipping a board to korea via mail forwarder works out around $120. Via private seller its $200-$300. Im not kidding, before i went forwarding, these were the prices i was getting quoted from private sellers. Even if theyre adding a bit of a markup, its still going to be more expensive.

Actually i should temper that advice. I think UPS have a length limit of something like 150cm or something like that, and they tend to send stuff way cheaper than courier. So if you can find out their limit, and make sure your board is under, you can get a quote from them and maybe your mates rate might actually be cheaper. But i guess my advice is to anyone thinking of getting their mate to ship it from the US, you might be in for a nasty surprise.
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  Quote alexandrakatex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 6:32pm
Thanks,
it looks like around 300-400 to get a mail forwarding company to do it though!
Hoping i can tee up something with someone flying to australia.
and extra board in their luggage wont be too bad. not more than 100 extra!
I just wanted to make sure that i could bring the brands into Australia, because i am keen to buy a K2 board :)
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  Quote humdingaling Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 7:01pm
Originally posted by alexandrakatex

Thanks,
it looks like around 300-400 to get a mail forwarding company to do it though!
Hoping i can tee up something with someone flying to australia.
and extra board in their luggage wont be too bad. not more than 100 extra!
I just wanted to make sure that i could bring the brands into Australia, because i am keen to buy a K2 board :)


as formentioned...getting friend to send it just doesnt work out. even if they use USPS (Australia post equivalent) it still doesnt work.

300-400 is abit off

since snowboards are expensive items you will qualify for free shipping from shop to mail forwarder (most of the time)

last time i used forwarding service (to sydney metro), they charged me 12.17lbs. Round up to to full Lbs is 13 @ 13lb bongous charged will charge you    $136.53 as a non-member

probably cheaper places out there if you looked...just using this as example cause ive used it before

make sure you get the billable weight not the actual weight to estimate your cost of shipping
http://www.bongous.com/consolidation_calculator.php
they have a calculator so you can work it out

good luck finding someone willing to lug a snow board with them to Australia LOL

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  Quote ippollite Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 7:20pm
yeah, im not sure what mail forwarding company charges 300-400 to ship a board. Considering that humdingalings weight is about 4 or 5 lbs more than a standard deck, thats pretty much a normal ballpark.

Either way there may be a closing soon of certain loopholes, so if you can do it, youd be strongly advised to do it now. Better yet, buy from a company with no export restrictions at all and you can take advantage of the cheaper shipping rates here.
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  Quote winze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 1:51am
If you have to get it forwarded or posted it will probably cost more than it is worth. Unless your friend can get some super cheap rates or something you might as well fork out for the board here and save the trouble.

Or pick another brand board.... what brand/model are u looking at anyway?
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  Quote da640 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 2:15am
There are a heap of brands on here you can buy that are allowed to be shipped to australia.


http://www.trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=16803
These are the restricted brands,
32, Analog, Anon, Burton, Forum, Foursquare, Gravis, Gnu, K2, Lib Tech, Liquid Force, Line, Oakley, Red, Ride, Roxy, Special Blend, Vans, Volk
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  Quote alexandrakatex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2010 at 5:05am
Yeah, its just such a pain!
I have 2 friends that go home to canada for Xmas every year, so they are able to bring a board back with them :) But we'll see.
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  Quote alexandrakatex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2010 at 5:11am
Oh, and im just looking for a beginner board.
Any suggestions?! 153ish.
I love the K2 designs on the boards and a mate of mine said they are good boards.
What would you guys recommend?
i need all the advice i can get :)!
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  Quote bugsbunnymydad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2010 at 5:13am
Well actually if you are in absolutely no hurry, you can get your mate to ship it by sea...

I always have big(HUGE...books, clothes, and shoes typically) packages sent to/from Japan and Canada by sea. It takes around 2 months to get your package though haha. It's crazy cheap though. Considering the weight of a snowboard...I would guess around 50 dollars to send it to Canada from Japan. 4 years back, I sent a package almost 10 kg from Japan to Canada and it wasn't even $100 dollars.

Not sure if you guys have similar rates in Australia but worth a look.

But getting a friend/mule to bring it back is definitely the best way. I mean when I travel back to Canada, I only bring 1 suitcase and I'm allowed 2 suitcases on a flight so I could bring a board bag back stuffed with 2/3 boards+bindings in it for free if i really wanted to.
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