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Offline johnsom

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American Mail Order
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:41:36 am »
Could anyone recommend a reliable mail order exporter USA to UK

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2012, 09:43:05 am »
I have a load of mates that use Trainworld in New York, cheap and fast delivery times.

http://www.trainworldonline.com/

Cheapest place if you need Bachmann stuff is "The Favorite Spot" eBay shop, also has a currency converter for items and shows postage charges as well.

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Favorite-Spot

Hope that helps.
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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012, 11:24:34 am »
I have used The Favorite Spot a few times now, some good bargains can be had in their auction items.  Best to buy a few things at the same time to save on shipping and they do ship quickly.

cheers John.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2012, 07:49:10 pm by scotsoft »

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012, 12:35:00 pm »
Hi 

Mike   username  (fifer) from Fifer Hobby Supply is a member here  &  has helped members on the forum   ;D

http://www.fiferhobby.com/ 

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012, 06:47:32 pm »
I use Midwest Rail Junction mostly as his postage rates are amongst the best I can find, which often leads to models that you think are more expensive (based on the listed price) actually working out cheaper thanks to lower shipping. He also has an Ebay presence as steamer6060 but theres more stock on the shop site than he lists on Ebay, takes Paypal on the shop site and is usually happy to attempt to source items not listed in stock within reason (don't go asking for rocking horse poop, he'll tell you there and then if you're asking for Atlantis :thumbsup:). Caboose Hobies and Trainworld are also pretty good.

You can almost always import cheaper than buying here, so I very rarely shop for US models in the UK. Brand new Atlas DCC fitted 8-40BW for 55 or Intermountain SD40T-2 for 28 each...delivered! Nobody in the UK can do that. :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: July 04, 2012, 06:52:03 pm by Zunnan »
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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012, 07:18:03 pm »
Many Thanks Zunnan - have tried links - brilliant prices - never thought of buying US profile from America - what is delivery time like - ??

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2012, 07:29:00 pm »
Delivery time typicaly depends on customs...I've had stuff come through in days, sometimes it takes weeks. Everything usually gets dispatched within a day or so, the hold up is always on UK soil at Coventry airport. :thumbsdown:
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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2012, 08:10:08 pm »
Hi,

I've bought various items from the States and never had any problems. Postage can be a lot cheaper than UK postage, but it pays to shop around.

My quickest delivery has been 4 days, the longest about 2 weeks.

Alex :wave:

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2012, 12:58:28 pm »
I've been with Scott at N Scale Supply for about eight years and during that time I've always had excellent service.

As well as the new models, there's a wonderful list of pre owned locomotives, rolling stock and structures.  This is what initially drew my attention.

I can't speak highly enough of the service I've received.

Cheers,

Geoff

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 09:46:29 pm »
Give www.nscaleamericantrains.co.uk a look and see their range of goods.

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2012, 09:38:15 pm »
Mike Fifer is tops, but also, here's another highly regarded vendor in the states - http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/

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Re: American Mail Order
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2012, 05:36:03 pm »
I have bought many items from th USA and from Canada. All the stockists with who I have traded have been very good. The problems have ALL been with the vagaries of Royal Mail and HMRC.

Very often, a 'handling fee' is applied which is added before VAT is calculated and can mean the difference between NOT being charged duties and being charged duties.

On the other hand a bulk order was processed and no charges applied. There is no rhyme or reason to it.

In some cases (I model/try to Old Time Wild West era), I cannot get the equipment I need in the UK, so this is the only method.

Happy model making! :wave:

 

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