Unusual pricing of parts in US

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I was looking on EBAY and other places for an Arduino DUE clone. I checked out www.banggood.com and can get one shipped from Canada for less than from China. Here is the LISTING Note the pricing difference when shipped from Canada or the US. The point being I can get it from Canada in one week instead of three to four from China. It pays to shop around.

 

 

Last Edited: Fri. Nov 6, 2015 - 02:39 PM
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Here in the UK, I get offered the price from an EU warehouse or a Chinese warehouse for popular items like a Due clone.

Less popular items only come from the Chinese warehouse.

It might take 2 days to come from the EU, 9-45 days from China. The Chinese option is always cheaper.

I presume that BG have a warehouse in the US and in Canada as well as their main warehouses in China.

Are you saying that Canada is cheaper than China? That seems unlikely.

If I want something urgently, I just pay the money to Farnell and get it next day.

David.

p.s. I recently bought a Due clone from Ebay. It said that the warehouse was in Scotland. In fact, it had a European price but was sent from China. Admittedly via a "swift" service. i.e. 7 days instead of 2 days.

Last Edited: Fri. Nov 6, 2015 - 03:00 PM
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If it is from Canada, do you pay US dollars or Canadian dollars? Maybe that "cheaper" relates to the exchange rate?

 

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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What do you see on the website from your location in the US?

Regarding tax. I have no idea. In the UK, we can buy small items without import duties.

David.

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If the price is too low to be believable and it is not a scam, it probably will ship from china although the product page will try to indicate otherwise.

 

There are alot of chinese companies now that have a tiny office in the US, because of the technicality that there is a tiny office in the US they will try to make it seem like the item is actually in the US when in reality they will ship from china. Now generally aside from the import duties, those companies actually ship really really fast, so fast in fact that you might think it came from the US.

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The US is a big place. How long does a packet take to arrive via USPS?
I expect Royal Mail to take 1 day or 2 days from UK to UK.
Even the fastest couriers from China will take longer.

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toalan wrote:

... those companies actually ship really really fast, so fast in fact that you might think it came from the US.

 

I ordered two RC battery chargers for a friend on the night of the 5th. One was delivered to my door this morning. From China. Fastest I have ever received anything from there. Contrasts with a package sent from Brisbane last week that took 9 days to get here... and it is only a 2 hour internal to Australia flight!

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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david.prentice wrote:
The US is a big place. How long does a packet take to arrive via USPS?
2 to 8 "business" days for CONUS.

What's odd is some USPS activity on Sunday.
https://www.usps.com/ship/mail-shipping-services.htm

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Transit time wise I think the fastest I got something from china was 5 days. Where the chinese have the advantage is that they prepare the shipment ASAP, I ordered a 3d printer from china, I swear that within 30 minutes of me putting in my order I got notification that it already shipped. 

 

I live in Canada, and I order most things at night time, if the source is in Canada or the US then at best they will ship next morning. Night time here is day time in china, so the best case scenario is they ship within the hour.

 

Lets say that it takes 3 days for transit for an item shipping within the US, typically you add another 2 days for the package to be prepared so that is 5 days in total. Alot of chinese companies will be able to get the shipment to you in 5 days.

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I agree Alan. Excellent service.

 

My second charger was on the doorstep this morning... so that is 5 days for one and 6 for the other.

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Someguy22 wrote:

I was looking on EBAY and other places for an Arduino DUE clone. I checked out www.banggood.com and can get one shipped from Canada for less than from China. Here is the LISTING Note the pricing difference when shipped from Canada or the US. The point being I can get it from Canada in one week instead of three to four from China. It pays to shop around.

 

The prices quoted in your link are as follows (when viewed today from the US):

CN  warehouse: US$ 14.10

USA warehouse US$ 21.23

 

I do not see any mention of a warehouse in Canada.

The two letter country code CN refers to China,  the two letter country code for Canada is CA.

 

Don

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Ah-ha.    That makes sense.

 

Surely,   US citizens are familiar with the country to their North.

Admittedly,   I look at CA and expected California.    But I do live a long way from all of you.

 

I also thought that toalan came from the US.

 

Seriously,   I am interested in "how long your regular Mail service" is for internal mail.    The UK is small.  So we have a pretty good service.   It probably takes an extra day if you are mailing to Northern Ireland or a remote Scottish island.

 

Yes,   of course there are sometimes catastrophes.   The occasional packet is lost, delayed, damaged, ...

Likewise,   I find China Post takes 8-20 days as typical.    Sometimes it might take 25, 35, 45 days or not at all.

 

Mail by China Post is often "free" but takes longer.    Courier service from China is about 5-8 days but you pay for the speed.

If the "long distances" in the US mean 5 days for internal mail,   I can see the Chinese Courier is attractive.

 

David.

 

Edit.   Just received two Ebay packets from the postman:   Excellent service from China Post.

Protoshield ordered 1 Nov, despatched 2 Nov, received 11 Nov = 10 days !!

TFT shield ordered 3 Nov, despatched 4 Nov, received 11 Nov = 8 days !!

Last Edited: Wed. Nov 11, 2015 - 02:59 PM
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Yes even though I am in Canada, I always assume the CA means california.

 

Let me tell you about the postal service in Canada, it is garbage and overpriced. It is so bad infact that for my business, I hire a 3rd party to take shipments over to the US and ship my packages via USPS. Infact when I ship to a customer in Canada, it is often cheaper and not much slower to hire a 3rd party to bring the packages into the US and ship back to Canada.

 

The US and China have it so good when it comes to shipping options. Sellers from those 2 countries pretty much dominate the ecommerce market for goods.

 

The slow shipping for small items from china is something you gotta live with. When I order PCBs for $15 including shipping, I budget a 1 month wait. Shipping via a faster method is in the $30 range, it just feels wrong to pay more for shipping than what you pay for the actual item. Prior to that I was paying close to $150 including shipping from a PCB place in the US/UK. 

 

I used to only buy things as I needed them, but that does not work for stuff from china since I usually opt for the cheap/free shipping. So now I try to order stuff in anticipation of when I need them, I usually constantly have a bunch of stuff coming in from china, when the stuff arrives I keep myself busy working with the parts from the new shipment while I wait for more parts to arrive for the project I was working on previously. If you like to juggle multiple projects at once, then it works out really well. For me, it works ok, I would much prefer for parts to arrive immediately so I can continue working on the same project until completion, otherwise I tend to forget exactly what I was doing after a week of so has passed. I now tend to accumulate alot of stuff that I thought I would need but actually did not need, and sometimes shipments take so long to arrive I forget I ordered them and I order it again. Once I ordered the same spool of solder 3 times over the course of a month because I totally forgot I ordered it 2 weeks ago, the kicker was that the solder was crap. Overall though, looking at my development costs 10 years ago vs today, I am doing more for about half the development costs as I did a decade ago and that is mostly due to buying more parts from china with free shipping.

 

 

Last Edited: Thu. Nov 12, 2015 - 02:22 AM
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toalan wrote:
... , and sometimes shipments take so long to arrive I forget I ordered them and I order it again.
PartKeepr might be of interest; it has BOM but couldn't locate orders and invoices (maybe as attachments to a project).

PartKeepr

Electronic Inventory Sotware

Open Source Inventory Management

https://www.partkeepr.org/

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Ty for the suggestion, but I do not want another piece of software to deal with. I will just continue to rely on my bad memory for now, if things become unbearable I will write it down, if that does not work then I will give the suggested software a shot.

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Update: The Arduino did indeed ship from China. It was ordered on Nov 6th arrived on Nov 26th. OK I guess. While waiting for it, I managed to fit the application on to a $3.00 clone. frown

 

Side note: I found this Arduino Mega clone shipping from California to your door for under $8.00.

 

Edit to add link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/16182497...

Last Edited: Wed. Dec 2, 2015 - 10:35 PM