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I had just used Aquatuning.us to order some GT-15's as they were the only ones that had them in stock. Process went well with added VAT but shipping was only $8.00 USD for 48 hour delivery. Product was at my door in St. Louis from Germany in 48 hours. Only down side was my credit card got hit for an additional $5.50 for foreign money fee. Not that big of a deal considering they only charged $14.05 for the fans.


That was all fine and I was mounting my new GT-15's and while drinking a beverage made with hops, and accidentally grabbed the 2" screws instead of the 1.75" screws... drip drip drip.... Great, just put a nice hole in my 360. Ok, so that was a decent swiftech, but if I have to replace it I wanted the current best and it looked like the XSPC RX360 is still ranked as one of the best so I started looking at the standard e-tailers. I also wanted a 6 to 1 fan cable to run the push pull GT's, and a few other odds and ends. And since I have a nice slow leak, I want this pretty fast to get my rig back on line.

Here is where it gets interesting. Of all those sites I listed, only Performance-PCS and Aquatuning.us had everything I needed. I was about to pull the trigger on Performance-PCS when I notice that the cheapest shipping was $22.00. The same XSPC RX 360 was 85.00 at PCS but at Aqua it was 103.00 which was the main reason I was looking at PCS. But when I added up the other odds and ends, even with the VAT and 8.00 shipping, Aqua was 3.00 cheaper. Further, since this happened last night, I gain some time by ordering from Aqua since it was Friday morning in Germany.

Not sure why PCS's shipping is two to four times as high as everyone else's, but seems to be a way to pad their profit.

Just wanted to call out that even though they have VAT, and a foreign currency fee the shipping can be the difference in total cost.
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Originally Posted by RatDog;12692742 
Not sure why PCS's shipping is two to four times as high as everyone else's, but seems to be a way to pad their profit.

I was going to post about this last evening and didn't want to "hurt" one of our vendors. I noticed it last evening while ordering a few small things. I expected a 6 or 8 dollar charge and it was 2 or 3 times that amount. I am not sure if it is possible for supplier to "skimm" shipping but have always wondered. Does the shipping charge go directly to the vendor and then they pay the shipper (my guess, so they can "skimm") or does it go directly to the shipper? This has always been a pet-peeve of mine and I usually boycott these types of places out of principal.

FWIW ... I did order the two items since they were the only one that had the one item and I have been waiting a month.

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Yes it is possible to up the shipping charges.
Companies add to shipping charges to pay for the box, tape and packing material. They also add for the labor.

When you pay for shipping you pay the company you are buying from they in-turn pay the shipper.

Now UPS charges say between $9-$13 for a small package to a local address. UPS covers the first $100 if the item is lost stolen or damaged. If you need more then $100 ins you have to pay extra. So $20 for shipping sucks but it is pretty close to their actual charges.

The comp. over seas charges less for a few possible reasons;
One possibility being the monetary exchange rate. another could be they add a bit to the cost of their item.
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Shipping is were most of these vendors make there profit (margin). Performance PCs is a known offender, frozenCPU is well known for it... aquatuning seems to have there profit set on the fiddley bits and carry parts that have a lower cost due to smaller market share or are made in... well... you get the idea. Have not had an issue with the three I have mentioned... 3 bucks one way or the other... I dunno, hard to say, never had an issue with any of em, sometimes you need to pay attention to revisions and what vendor the part really comes from... Yate fans are an example, there not all the same... just try to be informed I suppose.
 
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I shop at Jabtech, PCS, FCPU and in that order. John at Jabtech has always been stand up. When there's been problems (only once) I didn't have to ask twice for help and he sent a replacement without having to be asked to do so.

Anyways as far as shipping, in my experience they're all about the same. If you go adding big heavy items expect to pay the tab on that. I haven't been bothered by the shipping, cuz well it's a part of the process and you have to account for it. You need to be sensible and balance what you get, and take advantage of the standing discount codes at some of the vendors like... cough Jabtech and FCPU.

I got 180 bucks worth of gear recently at Jabtech which included a 480 rad, plus shipping came to 11 and change with their standing code. Jabtech is awesome on shipping though... a 400 order had only 13 bucks shipping. The rub with Jabtech is they don't carry everything so you have to juggle your shopping cart.
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I shop at Jabtech, PCS, FCPU and in that order. John at Jabtech has always been stand up. When there's been problems (only once) I didn't have to ask twice for help and he sent a replacement without having to be asked to do so.

Anyways as far as shipping, in my experience they're all about the same. If you go adding big heavy items expect to pay the tab on that. I haven't been bothered by the shipping, cuz well it's a part of the process and you have to account for it. You need to be sensible and balance what you get, and take advantage of the standing discount codes at some of the vendors like... cough Jabtech and FCPU.

I got 180 bucks worth of gear recently at Jabtech which included a 480 rad, plus shipping came to 11 and change with their standing code. Jabtech is awesome on shipping though... a 400 order had only 13 bucks shipping. The rub with Jabtech is they don't carry everything so you have to juggle your shopping cart.

This, basically. Had a problem with the wrong retention hardware sent to me in a WC kit once...very quick turnaround getting the right stuff out to me.
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Im doing a small order from SVC for 2 fans, 4 barbs, 5 feet of tubing and a kill coil and its only 50 bucks with shipping

I ordered my block from PPCs and shipping was 12 bucks for a item that was less than pound
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yeah, ppc's shipping fees are outrageous.. definitely inflated
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I usually use SVC, Sidewinder, and Petras for what I need. SVC is my fastest return and cheap on shipping too.

Danger Den and Koolance are also on the west coast here, so their shipping is fast as well for me.

PPCs has high shipping prices and takes longer than the others from where I am. Haven't used Jabtech much, but they are good people too. I haven't tried AT, but I will after hearing the positive responses.
    
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