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Old 10-09-2014, 09:23:37 PM
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ok, I am curious about something.
Lets use Ebay item number
251665943956 as a example. A carburator.
If I wanted this and won the bid on it, it says this about shipping.

$13.88 ePacket delivery from China

Item location:
Zhejiang, China

Ok I can read but it only says the buyer is responsible for duty's and so forth.Which I don't know diddly about.I have found good deals on primer bulbs for trimmer carburetors and such with this same situation. In china and not knowing if my stuff would be stuck somewhere waiting for me to pay a fee or duty or something before it could be sent to me.

what is you all's experience with this? I am curious as I would like to get some of the 10 packs of primer bulbs and such if it is not going to come with hidden fee's.
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Hey, sorry this isn't what you're lookin for, but if it says shipping is from China or such, then I am out.. just my $.02..
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I have ordered some stuff from China. It arrives in less than 2 weeks. Often the shipping is less than USPS to send to the next town. I am not sure how they do it and make it work that well. Ebay will give you your money back if you aren't satisfied, so if it is a good deal, go for it.
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I have purchased a number of items on ebay that were shipped from mainland China. I have never had one come up missing or not shipped, the customs detail has never been an issue either.
I had the same reservations but have been pleasantly surprised for the most part.
Shipping times vary greatly but most have arrived before the forecast date.
JMHO, your results may vary.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:20:21 PM
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I've bought a number of items from Amazon that got shipped from China. No sweat on duties and such. Average time of delivery is about three weeks for me. I've also bought many electronics items from deal extreme which is based in Honk Kong. They have free shipping, but only do electronics. Shipping time about the same. Amazon has the primer bulbs you mentioned. Don't recall them being shipped from China. Ali express has "chonda" parts, but they list by engine designation (such as 168f). A search for carburators will net about 5 pages of carbs. So far, I've received everything I've paid for.
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I thought small packet shipment went extinct.......
I sent some old radio tubes to Japan via small packet......I couldn't believe how quickly they got there!
Then I was told by the Post Office small packet shipping was discontinued.
THEN they went nuts with international shipping rates for anything over 4 pounds gross.......and I DO mean
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Well thanks, i just didnt want to get rooked out of my money. This carb is just a example.Not 1 I need at the moment.
I was wanting to stock up on primer bulbs and a few other things before next spring because I do some repairs for neighbors and it is aggravating to drive to town just for a bulb!
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I've ordered chainsaw,ATV & other small engine parts coming from China & gotten them quicker than when ordering from a U.S. seller 300-500 miles away. Also quicker than ordering from local dealer sometimes & the dealer nearly always charges an extra $6 at least on any special orders,even if you tell him to wait until he has a stock order coming. Never had any problem with customs or import duties either & USUALLY FREE shipping. I prefer to buy local...........but some times can't afford to.
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I think the issue of import duties mainly apply to places like Canada, which I've heard some real horror stories about. That said, I'd avoid any dealers who are not able to disclose full fees up front. Everybody I'd dealt with that ships from China has clearly stated all shipping charges -if any- before purchase is made.
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I ran into a problem with bjglobal auto parts out of china. I ordered some parts for zexel injection pumps which are almost impossible to get in the states, but their parts are not made right. There is a barrel and plunger assembly that goes in these pumps. The parts looked good until I installed them. The engine ran away and I had to do an emergency shutdown to shut it down. After looking at the plunger with a machinest friend we dicovered that the flat part of the plunger was off by 2 degrees.
I tried contacting them about the problem but never heard back. Had my friend make new parts at a larger price but they work. Cheap is not always the best route.
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