Shopping online is great. The global catalogue of products to search and research is endless and is a major source of enjoyment itself. The only real drawback about buying products from the global online marketplace is the additional cost of handling and shipping, which is typically very expensive. Making matters worse is the fact that online shops do not subscribe to a standardised price list for handling and shipping, even when the goods are coming to Australia from the same country.
Therefore, to keep costs as low as possible, its important to know which online shops offer the best handling and shipping rates. The purpose of this post is to create a dynamic (constantly updated) list of online shops abd the handling and shipping rates they offer.
Before I start comparing the handling and shipping costs of online stores, I will set a comparative benchmark by listing the Consumer Flat Rates (rate including packaging) of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Hong Kong Post (no acronym used).
United States Postal Service (USPS) to Australia (US$)
- International Flat Rate Boxes/$79.95 (Max. 9 Kg)
- International Flat Rate Envelope/$44.95 (Max. 1.8 Kg)
- International Large Flat Rate Box/$77.95 (Max. 9 Kg)
- International Medium Flat Rate Box/$59.95 (Max. 9 Kg)
- International Small Flat Rate Box/$23.95 (Max. 9 Kg)
- International Flat Rate Envelope/$23.95 (Max. 1.8 Kg)
Hong Kong Post to Australia (US$)
- Rate for weight not over 500g/$12.75
- Rate for weight over 500g up to 1kg/$18.40
- Rate for every additional 500g for weight over 1kg up to 5kg/$4.25
- Rate for every additional 500g for weight over 5kg/$4.12
Comparison of international handling and shipping rates
The list below lists the international handling and shipping rates of online shops I have come across (I will update this list whenever I can).
The test order is a Team Associated TC6.1 World Touring Car (TC6.1) kit whenever possible. If not possible, I will order a similar size kit from another brand.
1) RC Mart/TC6.1 - EMS Express (3-4 days)/$47.76 & CP (7-30 days)/$30.74
2) A Main Hobbies/TC6.1 - USPS Express/$51.99 & USPS Priority/$44.99
3) TQ RC Racing/TC6.1 - USPS Express/$64.99 & USPS Priority/$49.99
4) Reflex Racing/TC6.1 - USPS Express/$72.88 & USPS Priority/$55.66