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Offline splin

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China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« on: April 15, 2020, 01:23:47 am »
 
My order has (apparently) made it to the UK. Over four weeks in flight?   :o  :-DD



Perhaps it had a self isolation stop-off at a 'floating sky quarantine station' somewhere over the Pacific or Atlantic?

Or maybe the tracking data isn't 100% reliable - but who would want that to be the real explanation? Mind you, this is the third time it's arrived in the UK.   :popcorn:

 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2020, 02:03:00 am »
Goods shipment has been slowed and made more expensive by the collapse of passenger flights, which they used to piggyback on.

Don't know about the UK, but there are delays locally due to Auspost dealing with a surge in online ordering. I may have to ask Aliexpress to extend the period.

The 3 occurrences may be due to polling 3 times.
 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2020, 02:18:26 am »
I probably would not be ordering anything from China for a while, I'm sure the supply chain is kinda messed up right now.  :o  Though depending on when they scanned it it's either it took a long time to get loaded on the plane, or it sat in UK for a while.  So yeah kinda odd.
 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2020, 02:20:20 am »
FWIW

I have had 2 x pcbs made but my super magnets order got cancelled.

 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2020, 02:41:45 am »
It's pretty common. The so called slow ship from China are actually air shipping too.
The way it works it by hopping on the cheapest/km route, through maybe multiple countries and being aggregated multiple times.
Otherwise how do you think $0.99 goods with free shipping is possible?
 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2020, 02:49:03 am »
The Aliexpress site itself does not have very reliable tracking, try your tracking number at sites like 17track.net and packageradar.com -- you might get a next tracking number and have to follow the chain because the package has multiple legs with different shipping companies.
 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2020, 10:43:29 am »
It's pretty common. The so called slow ship from China are actually air shipping too.
The way it works it by hopping on the cheapest/km route, through maybe multiple countries and being aggregated multiple times.
Otherwise how do you think $0.99 goods with free shipping is possible?

Not really, the main reason that parcels from china are so damn cheap is that the constitution of the universal postal union still lists china as a developing country-> Let's say you want to send a parcel from germany to the US: The german carrier has to pay the US carrier enough money to pay for the delivery in the US. China is still listed as a developing country, which means that they have the right to send parcels for a drastically reduced price (because normal US/german/etc. shipping costs would be way too high for developing countries).

If china doesn't have to pay the carrier in the recieving country enough money to cover their costs of delivering it they can reduce their price quite a bit. The german post alone lost over 100 million euros in 2016 because they had to deliver parcels from developing countries (+china) while not getting paid nearly enough to cover their costs.

Btw, china will drop out of the list of developing countries in 2021 so keep in mind that parcels from china will become more expensive (and we are not talking about 1-2 more bucks per parcel) next year...
 
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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2020, 11:59:21 am »
Not really, the main reason that parcels from china are so damn cheap is that the constitution of the universal postal union still lists china as a developing country.

That's the other end of the story, and is only true for post office shipping. Many packaged from China are aggregated, shipped to a country, then distributed by Chinese owned carrier companies in the destination country, completely bypassing the post system.

I had a couple of them when I was in US. Goods from China went to California, then gets redistributed there by either USPS or Chinese companies like STO America or YTO America.

Transporting alone (not including delivery) costs more than that price Chinese sellers pay, and that's due to my above mentioned reason.
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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2020, 12:25:52 pm »
Goods shipment has been slowed and made more expensive by the collapse of passenger flights, which they used to piggyback on.

Don't know about the UK, but there are delays locally due to Auspost dealing with a surge in online ordering. I may have to ask Aliexpress to extend the period.

The 3 occurrences may be due to polling 3 times.
Exactly what is happening all over the world unless you are using couriers that have their own planes.  Not limited to airmail from China.  My item from USA was much much longer.  Delay is worse than airmail from China.
 

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Re: China resorting to using blimps for shipping?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2020, 01:39:46 pm »
Many packaged from China are aggregated, shipped to a country, then distributed by Chinese owned carrier companies in the destination country, completely bypassing the post system.

Good to know that, i've never experienced that here in germany, all chinese packages arrived via DHL (probably because they deliver every foreign parcel from companies that don't have infrastructure in germany like UPS/DPD).
 


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