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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