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Old 02-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be buying a new board shortly probably a 157 if it makes any difference. I will have it sent to my uncle (LA) who will post it to me here in Japan. Its like 300 dollars for postage if I have the shop send it through international checkout.

Thing is is so much cheaper in the states not to mention there are many brands (NS) we just can't get hold of here in Japan.
I don't want to put my uncle through any extra hassle so I want to find out the best (and cheapest) way to send it in advance to avoid him the work.

I'll be happy if it arrives within 2 weeks so no need for super express delivery.

Anyone have any experience of this?
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What exactly do you do in Japan?
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I write very modestly selling books and give talks to groups interested in them. I also do some translation work.
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I write very modestly selling books and give talks to groups interested in them. I also do some translation work.
Very interesting.

As for the board a 2 week arrival is going to need air freight so you are actually asking for a super express service, ship freight will generally take months. I have had lots of boards sent from board shops in the states to Australia and it has never cost over $100 and usually takes around 7-10 days. They turn up generally in a cardboard sleeve that can be anything unto 30cm oversize which does add to the cost. I would advise you to have the sleeve cut back as short as possible if you get your uncle to send it but I would recommend you email the shop and ask how much for the shipping as often the website will give bogus quotes on checkout.
Which shop is it?
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I am looking at a 157 proto CT so I could go with any shop that has it, EVO has several left and their international quote was like 400 US on the website. I could call them I guess. If I can do it direct it would be much better than bothering my uncle.

Which shops have you dealt with in the past?
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I am looking at a 157 proto CT so I could go with any shop that has it, EVO has several left and their international quote was like 400 US on the website. I could call them I guess. If I can do it direct it would be much better than bothering my uncle.

Which shops have you dealt with in the past?
evo, dogfunk, sierra back in the day, eternal, buysnow and more I just cant remember them. There is no way it will cost you $300, send an email ask, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You could also send memphis hawk a pm and ask him how much his birdman cost to send. Not many boards could cost more than that bad boy.
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I will try contacting them. By the way where are you in OZ?

I might visit this year (gold coast area) and if you are in that region I was thinking maybe I could pay you to swallow tail my 161 Volkl. I don't have the tools to attempt it, nor the skills if I am honest.

Seriously you could make a side business out of that it looks so good. How many people have old cambered decks gathering dust that could become great powder decks with a swallow tail?
Lots is my guess.
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I will try contacting them. By the way where are you in OZ?

I might visit this year (gold coast area) and if you are in that region I was thinking maybe I could pay you to swallow tail my 161 Volkl. I don't have the tools to attempt it, nor the skills if I am honest.

Seriously you could make a side business out of that it looks so good. How many people have old cambered decks gathering dust that could become great powder decks with a swallow tail?
Lots is my guess.
I am in sydney. About an hours flight from the gold coast so probably not worth it for you. I am sure heaps of people have old decks but the demand for a powder board in Australia is about equal to that of surfboards in Iceland lol.
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I am in sydney. About an hours flight from the gold coast so probably not worth it for you. I am sure heaps of people have old decks but the demand for a powder board in Australia is about equal to that of surfboards in Iceland lol.
Why not move to Hokkaido over the winter and set up a shop, you could split boards as well.
Probably not at all practical for you but a nice thought anyway.

Must be intense coming from summer for a trip here in neck deep powder.
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dreampow, I grew up in Manila, and this is the type of situation where we used whatever expat community we had to its fullest. Send out feelers and get someones uncle/mom/sister to bring it on a flight/visit. Repay them with an onsen visit or maybe just a nice bottle of Suntory.

Buy board, have shipped to said persons address, done.

This is how we got skateboards, surfboards, Dr.Marten's Air Wair , real chocolate....

Knowing any US military personnel might work...just for example...
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