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Old 19th September 2011, 09:11 PM
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Just thought I'd mention that Amazon.co.uk is offering free shipping to Australia if you spend over 25 pounds. We have relatives in the UK who give us Amazon.co.uk vouchers which we collect for the year and then spend all in one go and the free shipping has made a significant difference on our order.

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It's available until Sept 30th.

I'm still amazed at how cheap books and CDs in the UK are in comparison to here.

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Just thought I'd mention that Amazon.co.uk is offering free shipping to Australia if you spend over 25 pounds. We have relatives in the UK who give us Amazon.co.uk vouchers which we collect for the year and then spend all in one go and the free shipping has made a significant difference on our order.

For the details about the delivery see:
Amazon.co.uk Help: Super Saver Delivery to Other International destinations

It's available until Sept 30th.

I'm still amazed at how cheap books and CDs in the UK are in comparison to here.

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I'm finding that automobile parts are very expensive here compared to the USA. For example, my Audi needed a new ignition switch. Here in Australia, the best price I could find was AU$163.25. I ended up ordering it from a company advertising on USA eBay for $9.95 and $5.00 shipping. The company was in New Jersey. Then I discovered a little trick. I found that by locating the part on USA ebay, and getting the part number. Then put the part number in eBay Australia, usually the same USA suppliers show up, with the USA prices. So now it appears that the USA suppliers know of the completely untapped parts market here in Australia, and advertises the same parts at the same prices as they have on USA ebay. Unfortunately these parts do not show up on generic description, but only show up on very specific part number searches.

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Thanks for the tip. We may try that first when trying to get a part for our Mustang.

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Thanks for the tip. We may try that first when trying to get a part for our Mustang.
For your Mustang, the generic search on USA eBay works. For example, "mustang ignition lock cylinder" when searched on eBay Australia, returns;
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1964-66-F...item588981469f
Notice the part is from a USA supplier. What is interesting is in many other cases the generic search terms on Australian eBay returns only the Australian suppliers and multiples of the USA cost. A good check for the best price is to find the generic part on USA eBay, then use just the part number on Australian, and you find the best price in the world.

In one case the best price was http://www.ebay.hk so go figure. I have no problem orderieng from where ever the best price is located.

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For your Mustang, the generic search on USA eBay works. For example, "mustang ignition lock cylinder" when searched on eBay Australia, returns;
eBay Australia: Buy new & used fashion, electronics & home d?r
Notice the part is from a USA supplier. What is interesting is in many other cases the generic search terms on Australian eBay returns only the Australian suppliers and multiples of the USA cost. A good check for the best price is to find the generic part on USA eBay, then use just the part number on Australian, and you find the best price in the world.

In one case the best price was http://www.ebay.hk so go figure. I have no problem orderieng from where ever the best price is located.

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Well, if you tried to do that here in Pakistan, the delivery man will ring the bell and hand over a further bill saying customs has imposed this further duty which you need to pay And that is IF you could find anyone willing to ship anything other than books to Pakistan. Did you know Amazon REFUSES to ship anything other than Books/CDs??? And oh, we can't use eBay because eBay requires paypal and Paypal doesn't allow Pakistanis to open an account Such is life...

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Well, if you tried to do that here in Pakistan, the delivery man will ring the bell and hand over a further bill saying customs has imposed this further duty which you need to pay And that is IF you could find anyone willing to ship anything other than books to Pakistan. Did you know Amazon REFUSES to ship anything other than Books/CDs??? And oh, we can't use eBay because eBay requires paypal and Paypal doesn't allow Pakistanis to open an account Such is life...
Do I ever understand. I spent many years as an International traveler, doing projects in India, China, UK, South Africa, Germany, South American countries, and through out Latin America and Canada.

OK here is the kicker. I have a problem with my car, and want to order a part, only this week, I'm in Mexico. I used to have PayPal say, this transaction is prohibited, because you have a USA PayPal account, and you are trying to place an order from ... (where ever I happened to be)

PayPal finally made me angry enough so that I just held the phone and waited... and waited, for their anti-communication system caused them to realize I would only talk to a human.

I explained I worked for a global engineering company, and that I wanted my PayPal account to work from where ever I placed the order. Finally, when I got someone to understand they explained, "but sir, we only do this for your protection."

I explained that I was in the USA when my car broke. I parked it, and came to (Mexico for example) and I want the part to be at my home when I return, so I can put it on my car and drive it.

They finally released my account of many of these security measures, because everytime it wouldn't work, I would do exactly the same thing.

So three cheers for PayPal, because I moved to Australia and my USA PayPal account still works. BTW: Please don't tell anyone at PayPal, because they might try to fix it again.


It works perfect for getting the best buy, since I'm not country restricted. I suppose anyone can get the same thing by asking.
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Do I ever understand. I spent many years as an International traveler, doing projects in India, China, UK, South Africa, Germany, South American countries, and through out Latin America and Canada.

OK here is the kicker. I have a problem with my car, and want to order a part, only this week, I'm in Mexico. I used to have PayPal say, this transaction is prohibited, because you have a USA PayPal account, and you are trying to place an order from ... (where ever I happened to be)

PayPal finally made me angry enough so that I just held the phone and waited... and waited, for their anti-communication system caused them to realize I would only talk to a human.

I explained I worked for a global engineering company, and that I wanted my PayPal account to work from where ever I placed the order. Finally, when I got someone to understand they explained, "but sir, we only do this for your protection."

I explained that I was in the USA when my car broke. I parked it, and came to (Mexico for example) and I want the part to be at my home when I return, so I can put it on my car and drive it.

They finally released my account of many of these security measures, because everytime it wouldn't work, I would do exactly the same thing.

So three cheers for PayPal, because I moved to Australia and my USA PayPal account still works. BTW: Please don't tell anyone at PayPal, because they might try to fix it again.


It works perfect for getting the best buy, since I'm not country restricted. I suppose anyone can get the same thing by asking.
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Us Pakistanis started an email campaign asking in large numbers for Pakistan to be included. This was back in 2005/2006. We got a reply back saying they will give us consideration soon enough. It's now been 5 years. We finally realized theirs were just empty promises. The truth is, they don't want to dirty their hands trying to handle payments into/from Pakistan, what with the whole terrorist funding thing to deal with. Heck, I went to a local bank here and asked them to send money to the 'Australian Computer Society'. They only registered corporations are allows to send money to other corporations so you will have to open your own corporation!!!! You could have sent the money if the ACS were a university, but since it isn't, we can't do anything. You can send to a PERSON if you want to I WOULDN'T have been able to apply for the visa at all had I not had some friends who have a very good credit limit on their credit cards...

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Us Pakistanis started an email campaign asking in large numbers for Pakistan to be included. This was back in 2005/2006. We got a reply back saying they will give us consideration soon enough. It's now been 5 years. We finally realized theirs were just empty promises. The truth is, they don't want to dirty their hands trying to handle payments into/from Pakistan, what with the whole terrorist funding thing to deal with. Heck, I went to a local bank here and asked them to send money to the 'Australian Computer Society'. They only registered corporations are allows to send money to other corporations so you will have to open your own corporation!!!! You could have sent the money if the ACS were a university, but since it isn't, we can't do anything. You can send to a PERSON if you want to I WOULDN'T have been able to apply for the visa at all had I not had some friends who have a very good credit limit on their credit cards...
When you get to Australia, all this should work fine. I'm quite aware at how frustrating all this can be. I've dealt with some of it too. For example, the main problem ordering from Mexico, is that credit card fraud, and PayPal fraud often occur using USA credentials in Mexico.

This statistic makes PayPal suspicious of any transaction using a USA account from Mexico. I asked, "but what if I am a USA citizen, with a USA account, and travel to Mexico?" Why should my account be rendered inoperative, because I am not using my own account for a fraudulent purpose.

Later when you establish an Australian account, and you visit Pakistan, you may find your account suddenly inoperative.

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recently i was asked to link an account with my paypal account, i can not make any payments direct form paypal, imagine having a paypal account and not being able to use it, damn..

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recently i was asked to link an account with my paypal account, i can not make any payments direct form paypal, imagine having a paypal account and not being able to use it, damn..
I asked PayPal, "I thought we were supposed to have a global economy? In a global economy, you have global travelers."

I explained, "I think I should be able to use my accounts to my best advantage." PayPal said, "we agree." I explained, "then why do you prohibit, me to order parts from another country, so that the parts will be at my home when I return?"

They explained, that is not our intention, it is just an unfortunate consequence of our security policy. I explained, "security should prevent an unauthorized person, from using my account. This is clearly not what is happening. I'm trying to use my own account in a way that I authorize, but you prohibit." In this particular case, your security system is only detecting that I am a global traveler, something I already know quite well."

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