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2 minutes ago, WannabeSolarSparky said:

I buy a lot of my IOT gadgets and electronics through Banggood and aliexpress, just be prepared to wait a while for the deliveries.
Sometimes its cheaper and quicker to try amazon if they have what you are looking for. Their deliveries are quick and reliable.

Do you ship SAPO? I haven't received a single international package the last few years, and banggood and Aliexpress, when they offer courier services, have been prohibitively expensive. But I haven't tried the last two years, so it will be interesting to note you are getting international parcels via our post office.

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3 minutes ago, Paul Greeff said:

Do you ship SAPO? I haven't received a single international package the last few years, and banggood and Aliexpress, when they offer courier services, have been prohibitively expensive. But I haven't tried the last two years, so it will be interesting to note you are getting international parcels via our post office.

I usually buy in bulk and use dhl where possible, if no DHL then usually express tax free (Saves again on the customs hassle)
Never lost a delivery yet.

But if you can find what you are looking for on gearify then that should be your goto place for stuff from chine.

If you want to buy lithium batteries thats a whole other problem as the shipping is a nightmare and expensive.
For batteries try the local guys who do all the importing hassles :)
https://lithiumbatteriessa.co.za/collections/cells/products/3-2v-120ah-lithium-ion-phosphate-battery-cell

They sell like hotcakes, and you do NOT need to warry about shipping :)

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Banggood, may be usable if you are in a more populated center, also they have "Direct Mail" which in my case is neither direct (go pick up you sh1t at the PEP store 100+km away and thus won't accept a PO Box Address either) which pretty much says it ain't mail, but their local delivery is then handled by an outfit called Buffalo Logistics (in reality Bungling Logistics, from my point of view) and they will in the larger centers actually deliver to the home and have the option to pre-pay the duties etc.

Aliexpress has delivered via mail, but yes, 8 days ago 1 parcel, which was actually refunded already, since the order was April 2020. was delivered... items ordered In Nov. also pitched now in Feb, still have 2 items outstanding... wag en kyk.. but last year was a cock-up of note and quite a few envelopes with parts/modules were refunded and then 3 or 4 months later did pitch in the mail, hence I've been telling them, if it hasn't pitched by due date, hold on, dudes, let's not refund & panic, give it another 60 days, TIA, after all.

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10 minutes ago, WannabeSolarSparky said:

If you want to buy lithium batteries thats a whole other problem as the shipping is a nightmare and expensive.

This may be something that one can consider as a bulk buy between a bunch of locals and have sea freighted, which should make the shipping relatively inexpensive and potentially also bring down the price of the batteries/cells being bought.

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17 minutes ago, Kalahari Meerkat said:

Banggood, may be usable if you are in a more populated center, also they have "Direct Mail" which in my case is neither direct (go pick up you sh1t at the PEP store 100+km away and thus won't accept a PO Box Address either) which pretty much says it ain't mail, but their local delivery is then handled by an outfit called Buffalo Logistics (in reality Bungling Logistics, from my point of view) and they will in the larger centers actually deliver to the home and have the option to pre-pay the duties etc.

Aliexpress has delivered via mail, but yes, 8 days ago 1 parcel, which was actually refunded already, since the order was April 2020. was delivered... items ordered In Nov. also pitched now in Feb, still have 2 items outstanding... wag en kyk.. but last year was a cock-up of note and quite a few envelopes with parts/modules were refunded and then 3 or 4 months later did pitch in the mail, hence I've been telling them, if it hasn't pitched by due date, hold on, dudes, let's not refund & panic, give it another 60 days, TIA, after all.

For sure, this last year I only ordered from Amazon and gearify, after they started doing orders again.
I have not ventured back to China direct yet since the madness started.

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I have bought many many things from Banggood. A lot of home automation gear (Sonoff) at almost half the price of some of the local dealers and the shipping is cheap. You must always use direct mail or direct tax free mail. The first order I did I used SAPO, I received my item almost 9 months later. I also make sure the item is in stock at Banggood as sometimes if it is not in stock they wait for about a week then cancel the order. I have ordered LED strips, 3D printer parts. all have been good.

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3 hours ago, JaseZA said:

Just another confirmation - I've ordered around 10 times since lockdown started and haven't had one bad experience using direct mail (tax free)!

Haven't quite racked up your numbers, but also only had good service from them. Although the tax-free option is a misnomer, it is more tax paid up front. 

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I have used Banggood many times over the years, and can confirm that they work really well when using the SA Direct option.  Avoid the SAPO option at all costs.

The one negative experience was when I selected the "tax free" option.  Buffalo Logistics still made me pay the same as I always do ("we cannot release without payment - take it up with your supplier"), and then used a terrible service called Pargo that required me to go and collect the parcel.  In all other cases they delivered to my door using The Courier Guy.

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