ALL AUSTRALIANS SHOULD READ THIS.

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Post on March 23,2018 03:17#1
By now all Aussies should be aware of the $5 levy on ALL small parcels coming into Australia. Our Government have decided to cash in on the Chinese shopping sprees we're enjoying.

Are you ready to be hit with an extra $10 or $35 every time you make an order with BangGood? What happens when you hit that buy button on 10 items in your cart? BangGood immediately splits it into maybe 6 or seven separate orders (For your safety) Every one of those parcels will cost you an extra $5.  That's an extra $30 or $35 added to your shopping list.

BangGood tells us they do it for our safety when in fact that's a complete lie. It's because they have their stock spread all over Hong Kong and China.  I have no idea just how many different warehouses they use, but it must be at least 7.  Any forward thinking company would be far better off bringing all their stock into one larger warehouse. That way they'd only be paying for one warehouse and no doubt cut back on the number or workers required as well. 

So check out the last time you made an order with BangGood, my last order was for 4 different items and that was split into three separate orders. One item cost $1.44, the next cost $10.36 and the final item was $4.47.  A total of $16.27.  OK that's not bad, admittedly nowhere near what I normally spend, but it's all I needed at the time.

That $16.27 plus the $5 per parcel our Government is planning on charging will suddenly blow out to almost double that. Total price is now $31.27.  One hell of a difference. Ebay is now a very good alternative.  Not only will you save yourself $15 but you'll get your orders within a week, depending on where you live. OK you will probably have to pay a little more to cover freight, but personally I'd rather pay an Aussie seller and pay freight just to have what I want in a week rather than waiting a month for it. 

Just a word of warning though, if you do intend to buy from an Aussie on Ebay, check to see where the seller is located, because we currently have more Chinese sellers on Ebay lying to us and saying they're in Australia when in fact they're in China, or Singapore or Thailand.

If you don't know how to check to see where a seller is actually located, simply click on the seller's feedback (the feedback total next to his ID) His true location is shown on the page which shows his feedback. 

Personally I don't believe it'll happen.  As with all these silly ideas our elected come up with, when someone actually figures out how the Levy will be charged, who polices it and who collects it, they'll probably find it's going to cost more than they'll raise by implementing it.  But never underestimate the stupidity of our politicians. Be ready to pay an extra $5 per parcel.  And if it is implemented, maybe it'll be a good idea to start selling on Ebay yourself. 

Do yourself a favour, next time you place an order with BangGood, add an extra $5 and see if you're happy with the total. Obviously if your purchase is a quadcopter (currently BangGood's biggest profit maker) an extra $5 won't be a problem, but if you buy a lot of smaller items you may not like the outcome.

Tell us here, WILL YOU PAY AN EXTRA $5 PER PARCEL ?
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Post on April 12,2018 22:54#2
DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY - THEY ARE SWINDLERS.  I ORDERED A PAIR OF SHOES AND THEY SENT 2 RIGHT FOOT SHOES AND ARE REFUSING EITHER TO SEND A LEFT FOOT TO MAKE THE PAIR OR REFUND MY MONEY.  THEY HAVE PHOTOS FROM ME SHOWING THE 2 RIGHT SHOES.  DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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Post on April 13,2018 16:36#3
Perhaps Banggood should get their finger out in their newly opened Australian Store and get some decent amount of stock, still offering the free postage.
That will surely be a kick in the ass for the pollies idea.
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Post on April 13,2018 16:38#4
Quote: LORRAINE Post on April 12,2018 22:54 DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY - THEY ARE SWINDLERS.  I ORDERED A PAIR OF SHOES AND THEY SENT 2 RIGHT FOOT SHOES AND ARE REFUSING EITHER TO SEND A LEFT FOOT TO MAKE THE PAIR OR REFUND MY MONEY.  THEY HAVE PHOTOS FROM ME SHOWING THE 2 RIGHT SHOES.  DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Maybe next time pay with Paypal.

Then let Paypal fight it out with Banggood.

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Post on April 20,2018 20:09#5
You're correct Bluejets, Why anyone in this day and age would buy anything using other than PayPal has me beat. I simply refuse to buy anything on-line unless it's via PayPal. If a seller refuses to use them I see red flags straight away, there's literally no valid excuse not to. Using banks can be expensive, plus rather a lengthy process. I feel sorry for those who live in countries which don't allow PayPal. 

By the way, if anyone's refusing to use them because they've heard stories from people who heard it from a friend who heard from their Brother's girlfriend's Father, it's more than likely BS. There are many horror stories being told by people who heard it from someone else, the stories get exaggerated each time it's passed on until it has very little truth left in it. Some of them are started by people who are ignorant of the rules and often they've even scammed someone themselves and they're just bad mouthing PayPal to cover the truth.

I've been with them since before they came to Australia about 14 years ago, I originally joined because there was nothing like it here. I've been scammed just the once and the seller also got over 200 others. 20 of us pooled some funds and hired a private detective to track him down, which he did and when arrested it was found he was wanted in Queensland for escaping lawful custody and NSW for child pornography. They literally threw the book at him and the police confiscated his proceeds of crime and eventually paid us all back.  I got out out of it losing nothing and gaining nothing, but I had the satisfaction of knowing the mongrel was behind bars.

Over those 14 years PayPal has changed their rules to ensure buyers and sellers never lose money. When I've come across a bad seller who misrepresents what I buy then they've refunded my losses including freight, try getting that from your bank.  
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Post on April 20,2018 20:54#6
Yes, I totally agree with your comments re the "Aussie warehouse" Why the hell doesn't BangGood advertise the fact they have a warehouse here? I'm convinced it's because the warehouse isn't theirs, it's a private concern who just happens to stock BangGood items. I've not seen anything mentioning the warehouse, the only comment was made by a staff member who gave us a link which quickly died. They stocked only 500 items when they first began selling and the only way you know an item has been sent from within Australia is because you get it faster.

I recently purchased a 3D printer and when it arrived I noticed it had been opened.  It wasn't until I got half way through the build that I found out why, one of the linear bearings had been removed and replaced with a dirty, stained one with no actual bearings. No apology or offer to replace it, they treated it as if it was an everyday occurrence.  Obviously someone in Brisbane isn't concerned with customer satisfaction.  That one part took 3 weeks to replace and brought my building to a halt.  

One thing I can't understand, why isn't it stocking LiPo batteries?  They won't send them from China to us, what better way to supply us legally. HobbyKing can ship hundreds of them to their NSW warehouse, plus sell them at a reasonable price, much cheaper than any Aussie retailer, by a long way.  Why can't BangGood do likewise?  Perhaps it's because very few know about them. We're not given the opportunity to discover exactly what they're selling, we only find out if we happen to click on an item they sell. It's a ridiculous way to do business, but typical of BangGood management, "KEEP IT A SECRET" I'm betting it's either not owned by BangGood, or they're using it as a tax dodge.  Or something else I've just thought of, perhaps BangGood is up for sale.  What better way to impress a would be buyer? They've just raised they're prices across the board, they've clamped down on customer service, making it much harder to get refunds or replacements. Plus how impressive would it be to boast x number of warehouses around the world.

BangGood management will go to any lengths to make more money and as we've found over the last year they've been cutting their overheads and raising profits.  They've found that us Westerners will pay anything for what we believe to be a bargain. How many buyers actually check for local prices for what they're buying. I use Ebay as a guideline.  If I can buy the exact same item for close to BangGood's price then I'll buy from Ebay, it's worth the extra to have it within a week.  Over the past year I've discovered more and more items which are similar in price and the number of items which are cheaper is growing.  

The only thing killing the Ebay buying is the hoard of greedy Chinese sellers telling us they're in Australia when they're in Hong Kong or mainland China.  This is definite proof that Chines sellers will lie and cheat to make money. Actually finding a genuine Aussie seller is becoming impossible because of these scum and that goes for sellers from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Low Life mongrels who are killing Aussie sellers with prices they can't compete with. And Ebay happily allows it even though they say it's illegal and they will stamp it out. Check out their feedback, I've seen some of them with 700 negatives a month and the same seller will be doing likewise in both America and the UK, plus have 6 or more different IDs.  If Ebay closes one down, they somehow reappear with many thousands of positive feedbacks under a new ID.  How do they manage to have so much feedback when they have a new ID.  Simple, someone will sell them the feedback by buying a very small items using thousands of IDs.  They don't use Paypal so there's no money actually changing hands. The supplier will have a dozen workers sitting all day at computers buying those items and the seller hands over his Password and within a week or so, his new ID is ready to go with whichever number of feedbacks he paid for. 1,000,  5,000, 20,000.  All perfectly legitimate.
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Post on April 21,2018 02:43#7
The shipping may be free BUT ... it would get to Australia quicker by surface mail than by the Air Mail they use. Quotred time for a container from Shanghai to Sydney is 15 days
I forgot this time and accepted their free shipping, last time years ago it went via Europe and looks like my last order is too. They must be getting a very good price from Swiss Post.

Qantas is now flying to London in 24 hours, so quoting more than 30 days delivery must mean its sitting in a shed somewhere for a long time.

When Amy Johnson flew to Australia from London in 1930 in a Gypsy Moth it took her 19 and a half days. Charles Kingsford Smith in 1931 took 10 days from Australia to England.

So its got me with jet aircraft 90 years later it can take 5 weeks or more for a parcel to come from Asia to Australia.

Still I suppose their could be method in it, to get people to pay the freight costs and not accept the free shipping.
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Post on April 23,2018 18:14#8
As you said Astaylor, Free Shipping has to be extended, just so buyers opt for the more expensive shipping. The Chinese Government subsidizes the free shipping, which means it costs BangGood nothing. So what happens to our parcels? There can be only 2 answers. Either BangGood lies to us when it says our parcel has been shipped (leaves their warehouse) or the parcel is taken to some holding facility where is sits for a specified time before it's shipped. 

What I can't understand is how nobody has ever been able to discover what actually happens to parcels which are shipped for free. After all these years, how come nobody has come up with an answer? Is it a state secret and anyone blowing the whistle gets a death sentence? I'd love to watch a video which tracks a parcel from BangGood to it's final destination. 

Whichever way our parcels go, one thing's for sure, we're being fooled into believing our parcels can actually take 3 to 4 weeks to be delivered without being held somewhere.  I simply can't believe the story which says it's waiting for a flight. Especially when we hear about people paying for faster shipping and still waiting 3 or 4 weeks to get their goods. Something about Chinese shipping stinks, but nobody is willing to tell us where the smell is coming from.
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