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Seems like A2A ran out most of their Schiits and the only way is to buy direct from Schiits website. 
 

Has anyone purchased direct from Schiit?

 

They only offer Fedex/USPS shipping which is expensive and wondering if it’s worth it with the addition of 10% GST + importing fees. 

 

Just to give an idea of shipping the Schiit Magni 3 to Australia:

  • FedEx International Economy $46.65
  • USPS Uninsured International $46.98
  • FedEx International Priority $52.31
  • USPS Priority International $69.98
  • USPS Priority Express International $93.63
  • Pickup at the Schiitr in Newhall, CA $0.00
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The government has enforced GST on eBay, Amazon and larger retailers. For overseas purchases,  it is pot luck whether your parcel gets picked up to pay GST and import duty. Therefore, assume GST and d

At first, I thought these were being quarantined due to COVID-19 for a week or so, but now I know that is not the case as the parcel from Schiit.com via FedEx arrived in less than two weeks.  

Apologies about that.     Back to the point.  I would recommend FedEx for deliveries from Schiit.com, they are little expensive than USPS but has faster shipping from Schiit.

I ordered two items from Schiit and it was shipped via FedEx, shipping cost was very expensive just as much as the item purchased, but did arrive within 2 weeks.

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I have an item from usps it is indeed taking weeks ! Goes via Perth for some reason even though am in east coast. Left us a month ago still waiting. Tracking in AU is hopeless. Believe usps hand over to auspost once in AU. Auspost is asking for volunteers to deliver parcels in their own cars :D says all

 

pick Dhl as choice.. usually very good !

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10 hours ago, mrpato said:

They only offer Fedex/DHL shipping which is expensive and wondering if it’s worth it with the addition of 10% GST. 

Not only 10% GST, also 5% import duty and customs handling fee. Roughly, add 20% to total amount, including shipping.

 

There is also the issue of warranty...

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27 minutes ago, betty boop said:

I have an item from usps it is indeed taking weeks ! Goes via Perth for some reason even though am in east coast. Left us a month ago still waiting. Tracking in AU is hopeless. Believe usps hand over to auspost once in AU. Auspost is asking for volunteers to deliver parcels in their own cars :D says all

 

pick Dhl as choice.. usually very good !

Same, my USPS parcel from US went to Hong Kong and than to Perth and than nothing, no updates for last two weeks.

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36 minutes ago, :) Go Away (: said:

Same, my USPS parcel from US went to Hong Kong and than to Perth and than nothing, no updates for last two weeks.

 

Yes, same here.  Parcels seem to 'get lost' in Perth for 2 or 3 weeks.  :(

 

Andy

 

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4 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

Yes, same here.  Parcels seem to 'get lost' in Perth for 2 or 3 weeks.  :(

 

Andy

 

At first, I thought these were being quarantined due to COVID-19 for a week or so, but now I know that is not the case as the parcel from Schiit.com via FedEx arrived in less than two weeks.

 

Auspost really need to hire more staff, there surely has enough work around and enough people to take on the job.

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Just now, Snoopy8 said:

OP asked about FedEx/DHL.  It seems like this thread has gone OT discussing UPS, Aust Post ??? :cry: 

Apologies about that.

 

 

Back to the point. 

I would recommend FedEx for deliveries from Schiit.com, they are little expensive than USPS but has faster shipping from Schiit.

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USPS and many carriers are severely impacted by COVID-19 at the moment. Most of their capacity comes from renting space in the belly of passenger planes and there isn't much travel at the moment. We received a notice from our freight forwarder that USPS is experiencing delays of up to 1.5months at the moment. DHL has its own fleet of cargo planes so doesn't seem to be impacted but you'll pay them well for the extra speed.

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I used FedEx and a few of my orders from the US in the past month has arrived in 1 weeks time, much quicker than non-express Aust Post order from Perth or Melbourne.  FedEx is expensive but it’s like a express service so you get what you pay for. 

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23 minutes ago, att23 said:

I used FedEx and a few of my orders from the US in the past month has arrived in 1 weeks time, much quicker than non-express Aust Post order from Perth or Melbourne.  FedEx is expensive but it’s like a express service so you get what you pay for. 

How much importing fees and GST were you charged?

 

I'm trying to take advantage of the strong AUD conversion rate to buy directly from them. However, the expensive shipping and fees might not cut it.

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8 minutes ago, att23 said:

Btw, what are you after from Schiit? Have you posted in the WTB section? 

Initially I'm after the Jotunheim, missed out a few sales recently.

 

While doing a bit of research, I'll probably go for the Asgard 3 & Modius stack.

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1 hour ago, Snoopy8 said:

OP asked about FedEx/DHL.  It seems like this thread has gone OT discussing UPS, Aust Post ??? :cry: 

My bad! Many apologies. It should have been FedEx and USPS.

 

Here's a comparison of shipping one of the smallest unit from Schiit, the Magni:

 

SHIPPING OPTIONS AVAILABLE

  • FedEx International Economy $46.65
  • USPS Uninsured International $46.98
  • FedEx International Priority $52.31
  • USPS Priority International $69.98
  • USPS Priority Express International $93.63
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2 hours ago, Snoopy8 said:

Not only 10% GST, also 5% import duty and customs handling fee. Roughly, add 20% to total amount, including shipping.

 

There is also the issue of warranty...

OMG that's crazy money. I read that the 10% GST, 5% and customs fees are calculate with the inclusion of the Shipping as well.

 

Comparing the prices of importing vs local:

 

Magni:

Local = AUD$260 from A2A

Import direct = AUD$238.56 [USD$174.78 ($99 + 20%)]

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17 minutes ago, mrpato said:

How much importing fees and GST were you charged?

 

I'm trying to take advantage of the strong AUD conversion rate to buy directly from them. However, the expensive shipping and fees might not cut it.

I think GST is standard 10% that gets passed directly onto customers but not all overseas vendors will charge that, depending on the revenue of their business etc.

 

Please also note that local retailer pricing are sometimes negotiable depending on different factors. 

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26 minutes ago, att23 said:

I think GST is standard 10% that gets passed directly onto customers but not all overseas vendors will charge that, depending on the revenue of their business etc.

 

Please also note that local retailer pricing are sometimes negotiable depending on different factors. 

There aren't any stocks from local retailers at the moment as they are also impacted by the expensive shipping costs?

 

 

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39 minutes ago, mrpato said:

OMG that's crazy money. I read that the 10% GST, 5% and customs fees are calculate with the inclusion of the Shipping as well.

 

Comparing the prices of importing vs local:

 

Magni:

Local = AUD$260 from A2A

Import direct = AUD$238.56 [USD$174.78 ($99 + 20%)]

Ordered the Modius.  Arrived in 2 weeks. Didn't pay anything other that the shipping (FedEx economy).

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5 minutes ago, snurb said:

Ordered the Modius.  Arrived in 2 weeks. Didn't pay anything other that the shipping (FedEx economy).

That's a good thing! You've slipped through the crack :)

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Just now, mrpato said:

That's a good thing! You've slipped through the crack :)

I heard that customs aren't really gung ho on collecting GST as it's the responsibility of the seller now?

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25 minutes ago, mrpato said:

There aren't any stocks from local retailers at the moment as they are also impacted by the expensive shipping costs?

 

 

I am not a store owner/importer so I am not sure of the exact reason(s).

As a consumer, buying one item at a time, I personally have not seen any huge rise in shipping cost due to COVID.
But perhaps the story is different if a business needs to import half a container worth of goods.
More likely local businesses are being very cautious nowadays and only wanna sell what they already have in stock and not to overstock.

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22 minutes ago, att23 said:

I am not a store owner/importer so I am not sure of the exact reason(s).

As a consumer, buying one item at a time, I personally have not seen any huge rise in shipping cost due to COVID.
But perhaps the story is different if a business needs to import half a container worth of goods.
More likely local businesses are being very cautious nowadays and only wanna sell what they already have in stock and not to overstock.

Overseas shipping are much more expensive now as a consumer because it's only limited to Courier companies like FedEX, DHL, UPS etc. These are because we have blocked all passenger flights and there's where sometimes our normal air parcels will tag to.

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2 hours ago, mrpato said:

Overseas shipping are much more expensive now as a consumer because it's only limited to Courier companies like FedEX, DHL, UPS etc. These are because we have blocked all passenger flights and there's where sometimes our normal air parcels will tag to.

I usually use courier anyway with overseas purchases so I don’t see any price hike. When I have to buy overseas, it means I am desperate, the item is rare, etc, so I like paying for courier for 1st class service. LOL. 
 

But you are correct if you are talking about normal post office options may not be available for some places during COVID. 

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I ordered from Schiit earlier in the year.  I went for the most expensive FedEx as the difference between cheapest and most expensive was less than $10.  The FedEx is tracked and insured and was significantly cheaper than USPS, with which tracking and insurance varied depending on price.  Given what is happening with the USPS at the moment, I wouldn't be keen to use them over a dedicated shipping service like FedEx or DHL.

 

I placed my order with Schiit July 30 and the package arrived August 3rd so I was pretty happy with that.

 

Unrelated to audio, I ordered something from Omagh in Northern Ireland in late May. Using DHL, it was shipped on May 25 and arrived on May 31.  My experiences with Australia Post recently and Amazon are significantly worse than that.

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The freight forwarder (FedEx, DHL) would be paying the GST (1/11th) on the sum of the product, the customs tax 5% and the price of the shipping, (US companies do the right thing).   That's why the 'shipping' is so much, that way Schiit doesn't have to deal with every countries tax laws and import duties etc.

 

It's different when it comes from the East, the cheeky buggers just say its a gift.

 

I did order a small piece of Schiit from them about 2 months ago through UPS the cheapest option (un-tracked and not insured) and to my surprise, I still could track it though the states, but not once it hit Australia.  It took 8 days to leave the states and about 4 days to get to may door, so not to bad.

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On 02/09/2020 at 9:16 PM, mrpato said:

Seems like A2A ran out most of their Schiits and the only way is to buy direct from Schiits website. 
 

Has anyone purchased direct from Schiit?

 

They only offer Fedex/USPS shipping which is expensive and wondering if it’s worth it with the addition of 10% GST + importing fees. 

 

Just to give an idea of shipping the Schiit Magni 3 to Australia:

  • FedEx International Economy $46.65
  • USPS Uninsured International $46.98
  • FedEx International Priority $52.31
  • USPS Priority International $69.98
  • USPS Priority Express International $93.63
  • Pickup at the Schiitr in Newhall, CA $0.00

I just recently purchased the Modius directly from Schiit, since nobody in Australia stocks it yet. 

I went with FedEx International Priority, which was $67.80 but of course the modius is a considerably bigger and heavier item than the Magni 3, which is what I'm guessing accounts for the difference in cost there. Schiit dispatched the unit on Thursday morning (Aus time) and it's currently in transit in NSW having left sorting. I expect it will be here early this coming week. (update: It came Monday)

As a point of comparison, I quite recently bought the Element II from JDS labs, I opted for UPS Worldwide Express Saver for $46.16 (plus $5.98 insurance) and boy did it come fast! I ordered it on a Thursday evening and it arrived on the Monday, which is damn impressive given that JDS labs custom engraved it for me. 

For what it's worth, I have never been charged for GST or import fees on any item where it wasn't collected at the checkout. I'm not sure I buy the "It's built into the shipping" explanation either. My JDS example above demonstrates that, the shipping was $46.16, and that's for a $399 item. It doesn't add up. I just think that they are (unintentionally, or otherwise) dodging GST, and good for them! AFAIC I shouldn't have to pay GST when importing something I literally can't buy here, no local retailer has been put at an unfair disadvantage. 

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12 hours ago, Doomguy said:

I just recently purchased the Modius directly from Schiit, since nobody in Australia stocks it yet. 

I went with FedEx International Priority, which was $67.80 but of course the modius is a considerably bigger and heavier item than the Magni 3, which is what I'm guessing accounts for the difference in cost there. Schiit dispatched the unit on Thursday morning (Aus time) and it's currently in transit in NSW having left sorting. I expect it will be here early this coming week.

As a point of comparison, I quite recently bought the Element II from JDS labs, I opted for UPS Worldwide Express Saver for $46.16 (plus $5.98 insurance) and boy did it come fast! I ordered it on a Thursday evening and it arrived on the Monday, which is damn impressive given that JDS labs custom engraved it for me. 

For what it's worth, I have never been charged for GST or import fees on any item where it wasn't collected at the checkout. I'm not sure I buy the "It's built into the shipping" explanation either. My JDS example above demonstrates that, the shipping was $46.16, and that's for a $399 item. It doesn't add up. I just think that they are (unintentionally, or otherwise) dodging GST, and good for them! AFAIC I shouldn't have to pay GST when importing something I literally can't buy here, no local retailer has been put at an unfair disadvantage. 

 

I think there is a threshold ($1000, including shipping costs) for the taxes. Never paid taxes for imports under, always paid them for imports above the threshold...

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On 06/09/2020 at 12:50 PM, JulesOz said:

 

I think there is a threshold ($1000, including shipping costs) for the taxes. Never paid taxes for imports under, always paid them for imports above the threshold...

Anything over aud$1000 is supposed to be declared and things under aud$1000 are supposed to have gst charged at point of sale. Only some o/s vendors charge it though. If you don't pay it at p.o.s, afaic (the regs are a bit confusing) you cannot be charged it when it arrives here. That's only for >$1000 which you'll often avoid too.

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2 minutes ago, Esoterica said:

Anything over aud$1000 is supposed to be declared and things under aud$1000 are supposed to have gst charged at point of sale. Only some o/s vendors charge it though. If you don't pay it at p.o.s, afaic (the regs are a bit confusing) you cannot be charged it when it arrives here. That's only for >$1000 which you'll often avoid too.


It seems that the $1,000 threshold is no longer a thing and GST will be charged even for a $1 item. All my eBay items from overseas have a GST charge on it. 
 

I’m just worried that the customs will hold the item if the parcel has a commercial value and GST has not been paid. 

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31 minutes ago, mrpato said:

It seems that the $1,000 threshold is no longer a thing and GST will be charged even for a $1 item. All my eBay items from overseas have a GST charge on it. 
 

I’m just worried that the customs will hold the item if the parcel has a commercial value and GST has not been paid. 

The government has enforced GST on eBay, Amazon and larger retailers. For overseas purchases,  it is pot luck whether your parcel gets picked up to pay GST and import duty. Therefore, assume GST and duty has to be paid, and it becomes a bonus if it slipped through...

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1 hour ago, mrpato said:


It seems that the $1,000 threshold is no longer a thing and GST will be charged even for a $1 item. All my eBay items from overseas have a GST charge on it. 
 

I’m just worried that the customs will hold the item if the parcel has a commercial value and GST has not been paid. 

The threshold still exists, although only if whichever vendor you buy from charge GST. Some of the bigger, more popular ones do but it sounds like Schiit don't, so if it's under $1k you shouldn't have to pay extra.

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21 minutes ago, Esoterica said:

The threshold still exists, although only if whichever vendor you buy from charge GST. Some of the bigger, more popular ones do but it sounds like Schiit don't, so if it's under $1k you shouldn't have to pay extra.

The $1000 threshold was abolished by the Federal Government after intense lobbying by Local Retailers.

Since then I have not bought anything from overseas so I have no idea how , when or even if they collect the GST.

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20 hours ago, Saxon Hall said:

The $1000 threshold was abolished by the Federal Government after intense lobbying by Local Retailers.

Since then I have not bought anything from overseas so I have no idea how , when or even if they collect the GST.

Thanks to Hardly normal and other sour candies.

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I ordered a Loki from Schiit on a Thursday and it arrived on the following Tuesday using Fedex express. Stupid fast given the distances. Plus no extra costs. Great little bit of kit.

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I've orderd the Magnius and Modius from Schiit, shipped on Friday and arrived the next Monday.

 

Crazy fast shipping with the Fedex Prioirity, 4 days over the weekend from US of A. No GST and import duties too.

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I’ve ordered a couple of Bifrost 2’s and an Yggdrasil in the last couple of months with the FedEx Express option and they have all arrived super quick with no added fees. More economical than buying through retailers here anyway, who, from my sums are just buying retail like me and whacking some money on top.

Rob

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