(Closed) Annoyed…. at the avaliablility of stuff in Australia

posted 7 years ago in Australia
Post # 3
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I hear ya!

 

I found this website: http://www.cardsandpockets.com/

It’s a US site but I ordered some samples and postage wasn’t too steep.

 

EVERYTHING is more expensive over here it seems. My dress in the US is under 1000 USD, but I had to pay AUD 1900 for it. I’m nto the best at maths, but I defintiely know that the Aussie dollar isn’t THAT far off of the US dollar.

Post # 4
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14750 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You might consider getting an import license, I am not sure what it is called there.  A very good friend of mine got one in europe and got together with a whole bunch of other weddings and was able to bring things in at wholesale prices.  Not sure if it will work in Australia, but it is worth checking into.

Post # 5
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234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

You should try crossing the ditch – it’s even worse in New Zealand! Since I moved to Auckland from Sydney I’ve done the majority of my shopping online – wedding stuff and everything else!

Post # 6
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Urgh it’s so annoying! And what’s worse is that so many US websites don’t ship internationally so even when you try to nab a bargain you can’t get it delivered to you!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

ARGH! I understand! Its so annoying when I see something I love that is either super expensive to import, or can’t be shipped. Maybe I should start a business importing in bulk and selling to Aussie brides at reasonable prices.

Post # 8
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You’d make a killing Roux!

Post # 10
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1104 posts
Bumble bee

YES I found this. Stuff was either too expensive, or impossible to find. It took me months to find shepherd hooks!!! I got pocketfolds from dizzidesign and they weren’t too expensive, but we just don’t seem to have the population to justify much competition in the wedding world unfortunately!!!

Post # 11
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92 posts
Worker bee

Hey gang,

On the topic of sites not shipping to Australia, did you know there are companies you can pay to receive the parcel and forward it to you?  I haven’t used them but my sister has.

Google “US shipping” and they all appear.

I feel like everything in Australia is overpriced! (Not just wedding items). I bought some Victoria’s Secret bikinis for about $30 and they’re gorgeous and great quality – the same quality as my Jets bikini, which cost $169!

 

Post # 12
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3540 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mountain.bride: shepherds hooks. I feel your pain. I had to get FH to make mine!!

Being in a coastal city is bad too where they only just have one store. Like seriously spotlight is the only craft store I have availability too and they never have more that 3 or 4 or everything.

I resorted to Cutting corners where I really didnt want to or just making do. It got to the point, where I drove 4hrs to perth with a list of things I needed to get in a day. i.e matching ties (because our store only had one in stock and couldnt order, without a 8 week delivery) its ridiculous. And I see brides on here getting the latest line of dresses for 700 dollars?

ah well least ive now i have improved by problem solving skills!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not in Australia, but I totally hear ya! Prices for just about everything is ridiculously expensive compared to the States. I now live in Sweden and have stopped comparing because it just depresses me! Variety is super lacking in Sweden and anything they do offer is super expensive so buying it online + shipping is cheaper than buying it here!

When I can I go to Overstock and Amazon, or eBay!

Post # 14
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620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Unfortunately guys most countries other than the USA dont have the population to get competitive! They have 307 million according to google and Aus has 21 million (NZ = 4 million – are you guys shrinking? and Sweden = 9 million)!

My Aunty lives in the USA so I have an inside track, but ONLY if either me or my parents are going over shortly after ordering. I once ordered some ski’s and sent them to her house (she lives in Colorado) and she thought they were a gift from someone and started skiing on them! Bit dim sometimes…

Post # 15
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22 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I know, Aussie prices are ridiculous! I’m getting married in Australia but luckily live in China so I can get things cheaper. It’s costing me about a quarter of the price to get my dress custom made in high quality silk in China than to buy something average in Australia.

Ebay is great though – I got my folding fans for my invites and favours really cheap. You’d be amazed what you can find there. I got a lot of crafty bits for DIY decorations cheaper and nicer than anything you’d find in Australia.

Aside from wedding stuff, UK clothes companies like Dorothy Perkins, M&S and ASOS online sell clothes cheaper INCLUDING postage fees and exchange rate than buying something comparable here.

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