I bought a kit from a guy in Buffalo, NY. I had a USPS tracking #, this is hilarious. It went from Buffalo to Chicago,Il, then to Erlander, Ky, then to Canada Customs Fort Erie, On (which is across the river from Buffalo), then Mississauga, On, back to Stoney Creek, On, then to me in Minden, On. Total time, 3 weeks.
I can drive from my house to Buffalo in about 4 hrs.
I bought a kit on e-Bay that took two months to get from one side of Tokyo to the airport. Then, supposedly, it got from Tokyo to Chicago in two days. Then from Chicago to my home near Madison, WI, in a month. I've noticed that Chicago and other Illinois post offices are real bottlenecks.
Basically, I stopped buying anything from outside of the USA as it's getting nearly impossible to get it delivered within a reasonable period of time. I posted my last purchase from Spot Models of Spain. 2 days from their whse to Madrid International airport. Their the package sat 1st in customs for a good week or so, then over to whatever USA airline had the mail contract. With so little air travel, it was a good week before it was flown to Newark NJ. There it sat in customs for a week, then instead of being routed to NYC then LI. It was sent to Pittsburg Pa. Then they sent it back to Newark. Newark sent it to Manhattan, who then sent it to the postal distro center in Suffolk county LI. Who then routed it to my local PO who actually delivered it. Normally, I get my packages from Spot in about 10 days to 2 wks. This time it was 1 day short of 2 months. The more stops, the more a packaged is handled, the greater the changes of damage or it just being lost, routed incorrectly, and then tossed to the side for ever more.
Now if I had opted for Fed Ex, UPS, or whomever else Spot uses, I could have had the package in a weeks time, but the $10 shipping charge just went to $48 for 1 lb.
So now I buy only USA based. ebay is my last resource. I'm pretty certain that Gravity using DHL still is less then a week which was always 3 days before. If I can't buy what I'm looking for, then I'll do without and work down my stash. The issue is that the vast majority of online hobby retailers here don't carry cars, or only AMT, Revell, etc.
I sold a kit on Ebay, mailed it July 22 from Nova Scotia, buyer in Oregon got it July 27. I bought a kit from a seller in Chicago, shipped on July 3 and I still haven't seen it, today being July 28. No rhyme or reason to shipping these days. Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer chances, I guess.
"There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire." -Murray Walker
During the last recession, I had to relocate to Wyoming for work. I loved it for shipping, it only took two days priority from either coast. One time I won a model on ebay from southern California. Received tracking when it shipped, and three days later it had not arrived so I checked the tracking number, and found that when it arrived at the shipping hub...it got routed to Puerto Rico! Two days later it was back at the shipping hub in California, and two days later in my hands. 😄
Post by vintagerpm on Jul 29, 2020 11:13:02 GMT -8
Recent order from Hiroboy in UK: 6 days from date of order to Post office in New York City. 2 weeks from New York to my home near Houston, Texas (via Florida & El Paso, Texas). At one point, it was "in transit" from El Paso to Houston for 9 days.