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Old Mar 15, 2010, 08:24 PM
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I haven't put an order in lately with HobbyKing, but I have a few parcels coming from Hong kong at the moment from a few different vendors unrelated. One vendor who normally takes only a few days I have been waiting over 2 weeks for.
The only one who took what I call std delivery time in the last month has been dealextreme.

So they aren't the only ones who are still hungover
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 09:21 PM
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my last h-k order arrived 8 days from order . previously taken 10 ish days . my latest order included a few bags of 10 jr extension leads . these seem to be same as oem and so cheap ! I am using the turnigy 4s 5000 25c lipos and they go good. had a fail with a turnigy 35 42 1100 runna - burnt out on first flight but the 42 60 500 and the 50 45 890 both seem ok . the super simple esc's work perfectly but make sure that you find the correct programming info (not supplied ). i found info at suppo model w/site.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 09:24 PM
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RC Groups, simply amazing. I just searched on HobbyKing problems and bam!

Just wondering how many people are having issues with HobbyKing deliveries.

I ordered lots of LiPos over a month ago. All items showed reserved, payment was accepted immediately, and my bank account charged. So I waited patiently until well after the New Year before sending numerous emails. Finally I got a notice that my order shipped and they included a USPS tracking number (I paid for EMS shipping). USPS has never had a record for the shipment. I'm not sure if it's a valid USPS number.

In any case, it feels like I got screwed.

Jim
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 10:04 PM
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they are just resuming after chinese new year and as stated on homepage - expect delays .
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 11:10 PM
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RC Groups, simply amazing. I just searched on HobbyKing problems and bam!

Just wondering how many people are having issues with HobbyKing deliveries.
FWIW, I've got two boxes sitting next to me right now, one was an order from 1st March, the other from 6th March. Both arrived at work either this morning or late yesterday.

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Old Mar 15, 2010, 11:13 PM
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Check with your post office guys!
I just went a picked up a parcel sent by hobby king on the 4/3/10. I never got it, no card, no nofin. Looked up the tracking number, turns of the wanker of a contractor that was meant to do the delivery got lazy and wrote that the house number didn't exist! It'd been sitting in the post office since 9/3/10!

Now I can assure you all, that I do live in a house, and it does exist. It's pretty big and hard to miss. Even has the house number written on the letterbox. Props to Aussie post workers, it did get here fast and undamaged and the chick at the post office was nice about it all. But can you plllleeeasse hire some decent contractors?! Please! Not some stupid fat lazy guy, get some nice, decent people that want to work!
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 11:41 PM
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FWIW, I've got two boxes sitting next to me right now, one was an order from 1st March, the other from 6th March. Both arrived at work either this morning or late yesterday.

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Cool. My order was on the 2nd. Perhaps I will be a happy guy tomorrow.

Thanks,

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Old Mar 16, 2010, 12:27 AM
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Check with your post office guys!
I just went a picked up a parcel sent by hobby king on the 4/3/10. I never got it, no card, no nofin. Looked up the tracking number, turns of the wanker of a contractor that was meant to do the delivery got lazy and wrote that the house number didn't exist! It'd been sitting in the post office since 9/3/10!

I had a similar experience, thought my delivery was due so did the tracking thing and found that the contractor said he attempted delivery but no one was home, but I did not have a card in my letterbox so I went to the post office and it was there waiting for me.

If I had not tracked it, it would have sat there until the postoffice sent out a reminder.
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 01:55 AM
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I have only ordered from them twice. The $25+ shipping charge is a bit of a deterrent to small orders.
On the LiPo battery side I got a Turnigy 1000 3S (small wires) and a Rhino 1050 3S (large wires - not sure of the respective guages). Both are 25C. The Turnigy seems to have a much lower internal resistance and despite the smaller wires puts out more juice in bench testing where I am trying to pull 20A into a SS 25A ESC. The Rhino only gets to a bit under 18A. I have yet to put these batteries in service, so time will tell which is better.
The SS 25A ESC is a beauty. I have a Turnigy 12A ESC which is also good and uses the same programming card and that is a snap to use.
Other stuff like digital calipers, HXT900 and HXT600 servos are all ok so far.
Their chopper prices are amazing. ~US$130 for a 450 class chopper, including some better components to avoid the known issues, seems like such great value. I am seriously considering getting one of those. User reports are that it flies just like the name brand one.
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 02:25 AM
How many planes is too many?
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$25+ ???? I've had orders ship for $3 if they're small. I've also paid about $35 for a huge order, as well as just about everything in between for various order sizes. It's all about size and weight.

I have never seen a Rhino 3S1050 25C lipo. As far as I am aware they are available as 20C, 30C or 40C. Which one do you have? I use a lot of the 20C ones and prop them to draw about 18-19 amps static and they are fine. I use Rhino 3S1250 20C lipos if I want to draw amps in the 20-22 amp range.

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I have only ordered from them twice. The $25+ shipping charge is a bit of a deterrent to small orders.
On the LiPo battery side I got a Turnigy 1000 3S (small wires) and a Rhino 1050 3S (large wires - not sure of the respective guages). Both are 25C. The Turnigy seems to have a much lower internal resistance and despite the smaller wires puts out more juice in bench testing where I am trying to pull 20A into a SS 25A ESC. The Rhino only gets to a bit under 18A. I have yet to put these batteries in service, so time will tell which is better.
The SS 25A ESC is a beauty. I have a Turnigy 12A ESC which is also good and uses the same programming card and that is a snap to use.
Other stuff like digital calipers, HXT900 and HXT600 servos are all ok so far.
Their chopper prices are amazing. ~US$130 for a 450 class chopper, including some better components to avoid the known issues, seems like such great value. I am seriously considering getting one of those. User reports are that it flies just like the name brand one.
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 02:41 AM
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For me the 500gram ems is $18.95usd and 1 kg ems is $22.09usd
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 02:50 AM
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Yep,

Everyone in Oz pays the same postage rate for a given package. This is what they charge us. Note that I rarely use EMS due to the high cost and the fact that Hobby City themself lately have been taking 1-2 weeks to ship so I save some money and use air parcel and registered airmail.


Express and large parcel shipments
Shipment Type Cost (USD)
EMS Express to Australia (under 500g) $18.95
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 1kg) $22.09
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 1.5kg) $27.91
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 1000g - 1499g $20.80
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 1500g - 1999g $24.77
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 2kg) $33.75
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 2.5kg) $39.57
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 2000g - 2499g $28.74
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 2500g - 2999g $32.71
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 3kg) $45.41
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 3000g - 3499g $36.67
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 3500g - 3999g $40.64
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 4kg) $57.05
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 4000g - 4499g $44.61
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 4500g - 4999g $48.58
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 5kg) $69.99
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 5000g - 5499g $60.10
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 5500g - 5999g $65.58
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 6kg) $82.79
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 6000g - 6499g $71.05
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 6500g - 6999g $76.52
EMS Express to Australia (MAX 7kg) $93.38
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 7000g - 7499g $82.00
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 7500g - 7999g $87.47
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 8000g - 8499g $92.94
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 8500g - 8999g $98.42
EMS Express to Australia (8 to 9kg) $115.95
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 9000g - 9499g $103.89
Air Parcel (AUSTRALIA) 9500g - 9999g $109.37
DHL Express 30-32kg (Australia) $179.99

Flat Rate International Shipments
Shipment Type Cost (USD)
International Air Mail ($20 limit) 0 - 100gr $2.99
International (Registered) Air Mail 0 - 100g $4.79
International Air Mail ($79 limit) 100 - 250gr $5.95
International (Registered) Air Mail 101-200g $7.80
International (Registered) Air Mail 201-250g $9.97
International (Registered) Air Mail 251-500g $12.12
International (Registered) Air Mail 501-750g $14.99
International (Registered) Air Mail 751g - 1kg $19.95
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 04:31 AM
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EMS gets quicker packing and shipment so for a few dollars more, so its a no brainer to me.
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 06:33 AM
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Looks like mine arrived today and is sitting down the local PO waiting to be picked up, HobbyKing just forgot to let me know they'd sent it and give me the tracking number, thanks HK.

I must say though, apart from my very first order when they forgot to pack most of my order, this is the only real trouble I've had with them. Hopefully its not a sign of things to come from them...
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Old Mar 16, 2010, 06:34 AM
How many planes is too many?
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I have tested EMS versus air parcel a few times and despite Hobby City claiming that EMS gets priority dispatch and EMS officially claims shorter delivery times, I've found that the mail system can be quite variable (duh!) I've even had an air parcel order placed a day or so after an EMS one get here a day sooner! I'm glad that some of you are getting fast dispatch and fast shipping but I wish it would happen to me now and then. I do get fast EMS shipments from another supplier on mainland China but for some reason my orders from Hobby City seem to take a while to get shipped.

There's another reason for me going for cheaper postage; I'm often planning ahead and am only ordering commonly used items to restock before I fully run out. If I was ordering things I needed right away then I might pay a few more dollars for postage and cross all my toes that I actually get it sooner than the more economical postage options, but lately I've been too busy for all of my planes and so I can wait a little longer for my stuff.
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