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    I've been looking into sending parcels to Japan and it appears that Australia Post no longer offers a sea mail option, meaning things have to be sent by Air Economy. This is about $100 per 20kg. Can anyone confirm or deny this? How much stuff did you send over? How much did it cost you?

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    hi there,

    i posted a box of stuff from australia to japan before coming here. i can't remember exactly how much i sent or the cost, but the rate you quote seems correct.

    it got here in good conidtion and in good time. it had been opened and searched (by japanese customs) but nothing was held or anything.

    not sure if that helps much...

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    Damn, $100 for 20kg worth. Thats cheap. According to NZ post, its around $250/20kg. :? :? (Air Economy)

    If I were to ship 40kg worth of stuff it would probably be cheaper to catch a cheap return flight to Aussie, post my shit then fly back here...

    What a joke.

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    Creepy, I was just going to post this exact query....

    I asked at this specialist mailing place in Melbourne (like a private Aust Post) yesterday how much it would cost to send say 2 average sized cartons to Japan. They quoted me between $600-$800 by airmail (DHL or TNT) - with airmail it gets delivered to your apartment directly.

    Sea Mail wasn't a lot cheaper, it was around the $500 mark (perhaps a little less), but the catch is that you have to arrange to collect it from the shipping port in Japan in person, no home delivery. Could be difficult if you live in the country or are without a car.

    I didn't know Aust Post had stopped Sea Mail, that was what I was counting on now. This makes things difficult and expensive..... I might be going for a lot of small air mail packages.

    This specialist mailing place in Melbourne was quite useful though, if anyone want their contact details lemme know.

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    I went Aus post for 2x 20kg and it cost me around $400 from memory. It was the cheapest option I could find and got delivered to my door.

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    coincidently 2x20 kg cost me $400 when i shipped it to england. That was sea mail and it took 6-8 weeks. I think the moral of the story is only bring what you absolutely need...

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    Yeah, gotta admit, I brought stuff I don't use at all.

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    thanks, all. looks like i'll be going with australia post's economy air option - takes 4-5 weeks. it's airmail between countries but by land in country. i (stupidly?) emailed, called and wrote to every tourist organisation i could think of asking for free stuff and now have about 10kg of posters, stickers, badges etc. etc. to decorate classrooms and use as prizes. i guess i'm lucky only having to pay for the postage! my winter clothes don't weigh that much, but i'll sure be bringing less books than i planned... kinokuniya in tokyo, here i come!

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    Australia Post is a 20kg limit, though. I looked into mailing my computer over (just the case) and since it's a little over 20kg unpacked, I can't send it by Australia post. And even if it was under 20kg, they have size limits on parcels too, which are also quite inconveniently small (largest dimension must be less than 60cm, IIRC, and some function of all three dimensions must be under another small limit that makes it so that if one of your dimensions is close to 60cm, the others must be rather thin indeed...).

    Alright for sending over clothes and such, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amleth
    Australia Post is a 20kg limit, though. I looked into mailing my computer over (just the case) and since it's a little over 20kg unpacked, I can't send it by Australia post. And even if it was under 20kg, they have size limits on parcels too, which are also quite inconveniently small (largest dimension must be less than 60cm, IIRC, and some function of all three dimensions must be under another small limit that makes it so that if one of your dimensions is close to 60cm, the others must be rather thin indeed...).

    Alright for sending over clothes and such, though.
    My estimation could be wrong here so correct me (USA uses imperial measurements) but 20kg (comes out to almost 45 lbs!) seems quite hefty for a PC tower...what have you got in there? I brought my tower to Japan but left everything else at home...i could understand that wieght if you were sending a CRT monitor too...just send over your tower and you can buy a monitor, mouse, keyboard and all that other crap here...if you have to disassemble your comp and send it in a few boxes and reassemble it when you get here...
    You got the BFG 9000...Oh yes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer
    My estimation could be wrong here so correct me (USA uses imperial measurements) but 20kg (comes out to almost 45 lbs!) seems quite hefty for a PC tower...what have you got in there?
    It's a 70-series Lian Li full tower (freaking massive) with an eight disk RAID 5 array, another disk for the OS, 2 optical drives, all expansion card bays filled, custom thicker plexi window, and a fully-internal water-cooling loop. The case is the largest I could find but is nonetheless quite full. The only free storage bays are four 5.25" days, but I plan to find the 2x5.25" to 3x3.5" bay converters in Akihabara (that I can't find here or online in the US, or at least not in matching black) and put another six disk array in there.

    So yes, it's huge. I wish I had a 60kg luggage allowance like you yanks, but the rest of us only get 20kg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer
    I brought my tower to Japan but left everything else at home...i could understand that wieght if you were sending a CRT monitor too...just send over your tower and you can buy a monitor, mouse, keyboard and all that other crap here...
    As I said in the post you quoted, though, it's just the case. Definitely leaving my monitor here as it weighs 36kg...

    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer
    if you have to disassemble your comp and send it in a few boxes and reassemble it when you get here...
    The current plan is to ditch the case, box up the guts (and take the disks with my precious data as carry-on), then buy another case in Japan and rebuild it. Despite Lian Li's being somewhat expensive, this is sadly cheaper than shipping it there via a courier such as Fedex. I may dump the water-cooling and go back to air temporarily as well, just to save the luggage weight, and 'cos I can probably find the parts to rebuild and upgrade the coolant loop over there without even resorting to mail-order...

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    I see, your liquid cooled...nevermind...never really dabbled in that area of computers but liquid is quite heavy....sorry about mentioning the monitor, i missed that part in your post...and that was the only way i could see it weighing that much before you told me about your cooling sys...for the record i airmailed my comp before I left so it wasnt part of my baggage...but based on what ive read about Austraila air post so far it looks like your stuck...sorry to hear that man Hope you find a way to make it work anyway!
    You got the BFG 9000...Oh yes!!

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    Amleth,

    have you rang fedex about the 10 and 25kg fedex express boxes? According to the online calculator, a 25kg box (with 25kg of stuff) costs around $170NZ. Considering it appears much more expensive to ship from NZ than Aussie, this might be a decent way to go as you can probably get cheaper rates. You could sell your Lian Li and use the money to have all your components air freighted. The boxes are pre-fab wooden/waterproof ones and the delivery time is something like 3 days.
    I wanna take my desktop over with me as well but even if I only take the internal stuff, the weight will cut into my 20kg limit something awful. I'm was considering taking the internals in my carryon because they usually don't weigh it but I don't want the xray machine operators thinking I have bomb components or some shit in there.
    Once you get to Tokyo you can go through the shops in Akihabara and should be able to find a good case for a relatively cheap price. I know thats what I'm thinking about doing at the moment. You can then lug it back to the hotel and have them ship it to your BOE (shouldn't cost more than a few thousand yen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    I've been looking into sending parcels to Japan and it appears that Australia Post no longer offers a sea mail option, meaning things have to be sent by Air Economy. This is about $100 per 20kg. Can anyone confirm or deny this? How much stuff did you send over? How much did it cost you?
    According to their charming website (www.post.com.au) it's 168- for 20 kilos air economy, sea mail not available and 199- for normal air mail.

    What a rip-off.

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    thanks for that. i tried navigating their website but couldn't find what i needed. it's pretty expensive - especially since i want to post books - guess i'll just be bringing less. 20kg is a fair bit, though.
    needless to say, i won't be bringing a desktop! i can barely manage to work my ibook!

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    Their website is a bit of an arse. I tried to look into FedEx which one of the kiwis suggested and their website (www.fedexkinkos.com.au) is even worse. Hopefully the NZ FedEx is better than ours.

    My sister said she will come and visit me in October and bring a few things up but other than that I'm thinking roughing it might be better and certainly more economical anyway.

    20kg suitcase plus laptop bag I'm thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by careless
    Have you rang fedex about the 10 and 25kg fedex express boxes? According to the online calculator, a 25kg box (with 25kg of stuff) costs around $170NZ.
    Yeah, I rang Fedex, and they took dimensions from me and then quoted me a figure a little over a grand(!), and that was for 7 day delivery. She also mentioned express boxes, but they were AU$279 for 25kg, and were too small to fit the case anyway.

    I won't be selling my case, though, as they don't make this model anymore, and I prefer it to the newer design.

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    I don't have anything useful to add in terms of getting things sent cheaply. But I just wanted to add, wicket, that I feel your pain re how many beloved books I am not going to be able to bring. We'll DEFINITELY have to do some book shopping after arrival... and maybe do some book swapping once we're all in Japan.

    Also - good tip on getting the freebies from tourism orgs. I might follow a similar scheme. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprat
    I don't have anything useful to add in terms of getting things sent cheaply. But I just wanted to add, wicket, that I feel your pain re how many beloved books I am not going to be able to bring.
    Get a PDA, and download copies of the books you want to bring but can't. I can leave all my hard copies at home gleefully, as I have digital versions in my pocket at all times anyway. It's awesome having a whole library in your pocket...

    (Plus, PDAs are much more convenient to read from than "real" paper books. You can hold them in one hand, turn the page with one hand, they're much smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to hold, and they're self-lighting when reading in the dark... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    I've been looking into sending parcels to Japan and it appears that Australia Post no longer offers a sea mail option, meaning things have to be sent by Air Economy. This is about $100 per 20kg. Can anyone confirm or deny this? How much stuff did you send over? How much did it cost you?
    According to their charming website (www.post.com.au) it's 168- for 20 kilos air economy, sea mail not available and 199- for normal air mail.

    What a rip-off.
    I asked at my local Aust Post today, and their computer quoted me around $140-$150 per 20kg to Japan with economy air, with around a 4 week wait. Wonder why the difference in cost?

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