Post # 1
So to all the other Aussie brides, is it just me or are you all annoyed about the craft products avaliable in Aust.. or really the lack of..
I love pocketfolds but to buy them here is soo expensive, to by the from US cheap but postage is a killer..
There seem to be sooo many bargins in US and everything here is so expensive in comparison.
So yeah just annoyed.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
You’d make a killing Roux!
Post # 9
I have brough the cards and pockets sample paper too, postage wasnt too bad for that but when i put all the stuff in the cart that i wanted to buy.. $5O+ for postage. Paper source postage is cheap.. but i want z-fold and they dont sell them 🙁
Post # 10
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
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
@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
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
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
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.