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Jan 18, 2021 - 6:10:48 AM
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32595 posts since 3/5/2008

To far off places has really exploded..
Like the U.S. to Canada...or .to Australia..
N ..Europe.....

Let alone across the Country of ours.... :0/

Jan 18, 2021 - 6:37:46 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)


25489 posts since 8/3/2003

I quit sending Christmas and birthday presents to my kids several years ago when the cost of mailing them was more than the cost of purchasing and/or making them. They now get gift cards and can get what they want.

Jan 18, 2021 - 7:29:43 AM
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1353 posts since 8/30/2012

The cost of everything is exploding. That's what happens when you increase the currency supply by 40% in a single year. Buckle up.

Edited by - KCJones on 01/18/2021 07:29:55

Jan 18, 2021 - 9:03:53 AM

579 posts since 9/6/2019

My inlaws live in the UK and shipping gifts to them at Christmas got so the shipping was twice what we paid for the gifts. We stopped that noise this year.

Jan 18, 2021 - 10:27:40 AM
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Brian T


17751 posts since 6/5/2008
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I can still vaguely recall the obscene postal shipping charges for a Christmas and 2 Birthdays.
What's the cost? Gas for transportation?
It has been electronic gift cards, ever since.

I've done more online shopping in the last 6 months than ever before.
1. Free Shipping is an attraction.
2. Separating my billing address from the shipping address means things gifted go straight to the user.
3. I'll buy from small businesses and usually get outstanding service.

Example: I wanted to buy 4 Carhartt flannel winter shirts, 2X large. $70-$90 each.
In an email, the store sent me photos of 8 shirts to pick from!
With free shipping, I got just what I needed.

Jan 18, 2021 - 3:40:04 PM



591 posts since 5/29/2018

A friend of mine got a quote on a sea container from Taiwan last month. It was $5,500. Today he got a revised quote for $11,500. Three years ago the same shipment was less than $2,500.

My wife just shipped an ebay package with USPS. It was $7 to ship a 12 ounce package halfway across the states.

Jan 18, 2021 - 10:45:14 PM

Bart Veerman


4853 posts since 1/5/2005

Postage has gone through the roof all right, as have many other things. Then again, I remember gas being 36 cents a gallon, a 3 piece chicken dinner and a pop/soda was 99 cents - by the way, the chicken then was chicken-size, not the sparrow-size they are nowadays. Take-out coffee was 20 cents and at the tavern (Canadian speak for watering hole), you got 4 beers for a dollar.

Oh yeah, I also remember that I was making a whopping $1.55 an hour back then... wink

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 01/18/2021 22:45:59

Jan 19, 2021 - 3:35:15 AM

Paul R


13898 posts since 1/28/2010

Mom sent me to the grocery store for bread and milk, a quarter each. Postage: 2 cents if you sealed the envelope, 1 cent if you just tucked in the flap. Who wouldn't seal it today?

Go back just to circa 1977. My Sixties J-45 cost $600. A few years ago I saw one at the local shop. I played it, thought, "That's why I got rid of mine," then looked at the price tag. $4,000. Yikes! That's why I should have kept it.

Jan 19, 2021 - 3:04:22 PM



228 posts since 4/17/2020

Figmo, you have raised a very painful topic for us Aussies.

Excluding exchange rates, the spending value of OUR dollar ($Au) is the equivalent approximately of yours ($US) when each of us earns and spends at home. I am aware that some things are considerably comparatively cheaper in each country. For example gasoline (petrol here) is approximately three times the cost of the US.

However when you do the sums about the cost of living, an Australia dollar earned and spent in Australia probably gets you the same as an American dollar earned and spent in the US.
I am aware that this is simplistic analysis, however after spending 6 weeks in a Cruise America RV (another story) and driving from NJ to LA via Va and Nc, the analysis holds up reasonably well I believe. Things seem to even out somehow.

In 2020, I had a banjo I ordered in 2019, and was meant to pick up mid year in the US, sent to Oz. Thanks COVID! The banjo value including case was $1500 US. So to an American, it is a $1500 banjo.

By the time the banjo arrived on my doorstep in Australia it cost $3000 Au. Currency conversion and our thieving government had their share but freight was a killer. Some of the shipping quotes were outrageous. So now a $1500 banjo magically has turned into a $3000 banjo.

Balsam Banjo Works (not knocking them!) for example have a minimum shipping cost of $65 per order to Australia. So, if I order a $100 dollar set of Gotoh tuners, I am up for $165 even before currency conversion OR Australia Government taxes are calculated.

Would I do it again? NO
Was it worth it NO!

Rant over!

Jan 19, 2021 - 6:32:50 PM



228 posts since 4/17/2020

I should have finished my previous rant more sensibly!

What I have outlined is a First World problem and of little consequence compared to what many in this planet have to endure, just to live.

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