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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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Old 10-09-2014, 10:53:15 PM
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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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Old 10-09-2014, 11:01:53 PM
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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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I appreciate the input. Probably over the winter i will try buying a pack of bulbs for 2 stroke carbs and a few other things I spotted. Wont tie up alot of money but try to stock up on items I know I will use in the spring and summer.
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Are these what you were looking for?
http://www.amazon.com/Primer-Craftsm...ds=primer+pump
Also links to others lower on page.
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I just shipped 7/8 inch mica washers for the big Oilpull ignitors to Europe. Checking USPS fees on the website, I found the smallest box was about $60. A 7 oz envelope must be flexible and <3/4 inch thick and was under $7. They had a slot gauge to check the thickness limit. I had to convince the clerk that I had found that fee on USPS website.
Try packing mica washers in a flexible envelope!
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Are these what you were looking for?
http://www.amazon.com/Primer-Craftsm...ds=primer+pump
Also links to others lower on page.
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That is 1 type, the other is the 2 different size bulbs that just mount into the carb.I aint done anything in regards to this yet. Probably will let the holiday rush settle first!.
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Well I made my first try at this. A cheap item I want, but can live without if I dont get it and wont be out of alot money if it dont show up.
A ph meter for checking soil. 3.72 free shipping. I dont see how they do that.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121501298826...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Well I ordered this 1 before I ordered the 1 I mentioned in the above thread.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181564968386...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
It got here today. I bought it on the 12th and it came today. So we will see when the 1 I mentioned above comes.
Here is what I read on the paper stuck to the envelope
Form Dezheng road,changan, Donggaun.
gift commercial sample,
So that must be how they get around alot of details. List it as a gift!
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I bought from China thru EBay for some test equipment recently, based upon reviews of quality vs. price. For less than half the cost, the equipment was recommended by others that works very well. It never dawned on me that when I ordered it, the supply voltage was 100V-240V, which meant it was cloned from an overseas design and came with the European plug. After freaking out, Radio shack sold me the conversation plug for $3.00. Shipped Global Package and came in about eighteen days

With EBay payment and a good feedback of the seller, I felt protected in the purchase.


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So far all I have bought has came. I ordered 7 battery powered clock mechanisms for 1.18 a piece free shipping on feb 23 or so and they came Saturday the 21st of march.
SO it is slow,but the stuff does show up.
The package is marked cooperate sample - gift . That must be how they get by certain rules or what not..
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I have bought a lot of stuff out of China and have never had a problem with delivery can't say the same about quality but you get what you pay for. Shipping takes about 2 weeks to Australia and is cheap or even free more than I can say for the US or the UK where shipping price is up to 6 times what it costs from China
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