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Old Dec 19, 2009, 10:31 PM
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Hobby King International "Registered" airmail???


Other than time.... is this method safe?

I usually do large orders and the EMS shipping is quite economical. ($350 order, +$50 shipping.. would be $800 worth of stuff if bought in the US.) However, I need to order one SK35-30-1100 which is only $19. EMS is ANOTHER $19. I can do International (Registered) Air Mail 101-200g for $7.80.

I'm not in a hurry for the motor.. It will be at least a month before I need it, maybe more like 2 months.

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Old Dec 20, 2009, 12:35 AM
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On smaller items, I use the International Registered Airmail option to save money. Delivery time takes anywhere from a week to nearly three weeks depending on the season. I never have had a problem using this option - just make sure you click on the "Registered Airmail" option.

The tracking number, eg RB100123526HK, can also be tracked via USPS tracking (http://www.usps.com/cttgate/) using this shipping method.

Safe... relatively fast.
Old Dec 20, 2009, 06:24 PM
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I only use Airmail, both registered and unregistered. After 50 or so orders from hk, I have not had a single problem. EMS, IMO, is a ripoff.
Old Dec 22, 2009, 04:18 PM
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I've used pretty much every shipping option they offer, from $3 to $30. No problems with any of them (plenty of other problems in 2006-2008, seems to have gotten better in 2009)
Old Dec 22, 2009, 08:30 PM
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I only use Airmail, both registered and unregistered. After 50 or so orders from hk, I have not had a single problem. EMS, IMO, is a ripoff.

What are your delivery times like?? Typical 2 weeks?
Old Dec 23, 2009, 12:12 AM
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What are your delivery times like?? Typical 2 weeks?
Except for the holiday season, my delivery times are consistently between 9 and 11 days. During the holidays, Hong Kong Post is backed up which typically adds at least another week.
Old Dec 23, 2009, 08:06 AM
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Well, that doesn't seem to bad at all. I"ve had US vendors take longer than that before!!! (not very often, though)


I"ve only chosen something besides EMS once and it took almost 3 weeks, IIRC.
Old Dec 23, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Well, that doesn't seem to bad at all. I"ve had US vendors take longer than that before!!! (not very often, though)


I"ve only chosen something besides EMS once and it took almost 3 weeks, IIRC.
There have been times when HK got behind because of their explosive sales growth coupled with their inability to update their order handling/shipping systems quickly enough to handle the growth. They appear to have gotten a hold of their supply side issues now and are pretty efficient. Turnaround in the last year or so has consistently been 48 hours or less for me (except of course during holidays like Chinese New Year and Christmas) and like I said, total delivery time is generally no more than a week and a half. Hong Kong Post is especially slow this holiday season.
Old Dec 25, 2009, 02:45 PM
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As long as you are not in a hurry the air mail option is the best overall value. Sometimes air mail arrives in less than a week sometimes more. I did have a nineteen day or so wait, but, this was a Hong Kong post issue.

I buy my items and they arrive eventually. If I need something quick I pay the price.
Old Jul 08, 2015, 04:37 PM
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I ordered from Hobby King 10 days ago. It appears that they do the same thing that Ebay sellers do. They generate a tracking number and tell you that it has shipped when in fact, it probably hasn't even been boxed yet. while they may actually be waiting for more stock to arrive. My tracking number didn't even work for over a week. Now it says; "Origin Post Preparing Shipment". I'm guessing that if you choose the cheap shipping method, HK puts you on lowest priority to even get your stuff out the door.
Old Jul 09, 2015, 12:23 AM
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Not my experience, 6 year old thread I started reading????!!
Old Jul 10, 2015, 03:40 AM
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Some threads shouldn't die.


I confess I don't understand the tradition of believing that a thread has a finite shelf life and needs to be closed / killed after X amount of time. It depends on the subject matter. Some topics are still topical many years later, especially if some kind of advancement, enlightenment or change has taken place in regard to the subject matter. Thus it continues to remain helpful for the thread to remain open and ready to receive and dispense the new information to all present and future parties.
Old Jul 10, 2015, 06:09 AM
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Well then keep it open. A lot of people will start reading and minutes later realize it pertains to what happened 6 years ago, but I guess we should all pay attention to what any business did 6 years ago.
Of course we should know about good or bad experiences but to dredge up comments that ended 6 years ago is just dumb. Was there even an internet?
Your complaint doesn't apply to this Canadian's address or when I get stuff shipped to the USA. Where is your stuff not going? You don't have a location. Perhaps it's Champaign Illinois?
Old Apr 24, 2016, 11:43 PM
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Well to continue the tradition of threads not dying, I'll share my insight as to what HK shipping looks like now in nearly May of 2016:

UPS shipping is amazing, for $30 I got my stuff to the middle of USA in 3 days.
EMS is a waste of money for US, it took 9 days when
International shipping takes about 2-2.5 weeks to the middle of the US.

$10 for 300 grams or less tracked international
$30 for 10lb UPS 3 day shipping
$15ish for 5LB or less UPS 3 day shipping

I think hobbyking puts the expensive shipping options first as UPS has such a short delivery time that HK wasting any time to package products is obvious. It seems international shipping is the worst. The packages may have not even left the factory a few days after it says it has shipped. The majority of the shipping time is going through HK customs and sometimes NY customs.
Perhaps someone will update the thread a year or two from now as a comparison from 2016


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