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Postby QRM » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 8:31 am

observer wrote:No, SE you are wrong on this one. Perhaps you mean DVDs. I was talking about blurays. Blurays are on a different region system than DVDs. Again, for those buying blurays, US is the same region lock as SG (Region A).


Same applies to Playstation games (bluerays)

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 8:32 am

Observer is right. DVD regions and bluray regions are different. BD - only A,B,C (3 regions). I buy practically all my BDs from the States.

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Postby zodiac09 » Fri, 17 Sep 2010 5:03 pm

I've recently used the book depository. It was quick, cheap, fast and alot easier than amazon.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 8:49 am

x9200 wrote:I am trying at this moment for the first time http://www.borderlessbuys.com.sg/ aka comgateway via Amex services.

Ok, a short report (I tried them one time only).
    + goods arrived undamaged
    + invoice-parcel recognition/matching in US with no problems at all - very efficient as per my earlier experience with the shame-post.
    - they do not respond to the emails
    - repacking option available is not really transparent (say this is to some extend understandable)
    - it took them few days just to expedite the goods to the courier so the delivery time listed on their page was in my case a fiction

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Postby rainbowsunshine » Sun, 03 Oct 2010 8:22 pm

I do online shopping pretty often.

For books, I recommend -booksdepository.com. I have placed at least 4 orders and I've had no problems so far.

As for others, I use borderlessshopping.com.sg and they utlize comgateway to do the shipping. I have placed at least 11 orders and I always receive goods via DHL on a timely basis. Moreover, you can consolidate a few packages and ship them out as 1 single package. A few weeks ago, I did the price comparison between Vpost and comGateway and found that comGateway was slightly cheaper...

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Postby lonerider » Sun, 10 Oct 2010 5:15 pm

Tarazz...

That's the service I've used. I wanted to use vPost but there was a lot of complaints from customers on a few forums. They are new but so far so good. I've ordered camping equipments and outdoor stuff which are limited and/ or expensive in Singapore... I'll be ordering my guitar multi-effects board via Tarazz too due to the significant savings even after shipping and GST.

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Postby alvincrew » Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:22 pm

Vpost gave me no problems so far, been using it for more than 3 years, mostly ebay purchases. Although a bit more expensive when you ship small items, they didn't damage any of my packages yet. Not exactly very timely but i can't complain since there are not extensive delays too.

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Postby QRM » Mon, 11 Oct 2010 9:50 am

update, So far Bongo has been painless and I like they use DHL so you get an active global map and can see your parcel with cute wings on it moving across the world.

VShub found one of the missing items rather than say they found it they just chucked it in the shipment, and have admitted after a month that have no idea where my second missing item is, (lost in their warehouse), At least they have offered to pay me back. I just dont like the One man band and the ropey singapore/malaysia customer service feel about the them.

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 3:29 pm

Just reviving this thread.

I'm thinking of buying electronics again from the US (or elsewhere when it's available). It's worth more than 400 SGD so GST is unavoidable without doing anything shady.

So, ideas and recommendations, fire away!

NOTE: spammers and shills, I will ban faster than you can say, "Eyjafjallajökull"

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Postby QRM » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 5:27 pm

Still using the US Amazon/Bongo combo and very pleased with the service in fact a Bongo box just arrived 2 mins ago and sitting on my desk!

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Postby richie303 » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 7:06 pm

Anyone used Shipito.com? - http://www.shipito.com They seem cheaper than Bongo and vPost
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Postby technoviking » Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:28 pm

i have never used this before, but i have heard about this service if you hold a citibank cc.

http://www.citibank.com.sg/gcb/credit_c ... hopper.htm

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Postby rotibun » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 1:22 am

I was (actually, still am) having a real bad time with Vpost. It has gotten to the extent of me looking online for a place to give everyone fair warning about the service level I've received (or not) from Vpost.

Since coming back to SG from CA, I have been looking for an affordable way to shop online from US retailers. Someone told me about Vpost. I gave it a try and I am soooooo disappointed.

I have been on an email ping-pong with them for 2 weeks trying to sort out what should have been a simple problem. They tagged a new shipment to an order which I had paid for a few weeks back. I gave all information they asked for. And every single time an email reply came, it was from a different customer service officer (I don't even know if the names are fictitious) who kept asking me for the SAME information.

I made it clear I was not going to pay the $10 holding fee beyond the 14 days because of their incompetence in resolving the matter.

And what do you know? I received a corrected invoice about the shipment, BUT they charged me the $10. SO, my email ping-pong starts again.............

I am giving up on Vpost totally after this episode. Any recommendations on an honest and reliable shipper will be very much appreciated. Come to think of it, are there any websites that purchases for us from different online retailers at the same time, can repack and ship it at a low rate? It'll be great to have such a service!
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 6:53 am

So if you have come back from Calif to Singapore, why are you posting from a known spammer's IP address in San Jose Calif?


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Postby rotibun » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 7:28 am

It's the age of global travel. We can fly. I see nothing wrong with sharing my experiences with Vpost. I didn't know I can only do so from one location in the world.
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