Everyone knows this by now. Or should I say everyone that is not a US Citizen. I have no clue why Marco Specs decided to go with iGlobalStores to take care of their international orders.
I got charge $26.73US (+/- $33 CDN) to ship some decals/mylar, a few star posts, 5 pinballs and one target to Canada, more or less 1.5 pounds of stuff. The order was shipped on Dec 8th. And get this folks....for a delivery date of Jan 8th to Jan 26th (so between 30-58 days to deliver)....FOR $33 BUCKS!!!! I don't mind the wait but be reasonable in your shipping rates if that is the case. And this was the cheapest option on their site.
I see US folks bitch about an $8 shipping charge and they get there stuff in less than a week!
From my house to MS is 1676km / 1041 miles. Someone could have biked my order over by now. Why doesn't Marco offer reasonable shipping rates for international clients? Just put a few stamps on a frigging box and ship it over it would have been here sooner.
No.... now I get a frigging tracking number with this low cost shipping service that does not work.
So iglobalstores takes a cut, Landmark takes a cut and Marco takes a cut and international customers take it up the ass big time. For those who will say to order from Starburst. They charged me $28 dollars the other day for 2 BR and one battery holder.....thieves!!! And thank god someone picked it up in MTL or I would have had to pay shipping on top of that.
Why doesn't Marco setup a small Canadian based shop that ships out items from Canada? (apart from Playdium) I'm sure the demand is there. In the long run he would have happier international customers. I'm guessing part of the answer is that "it's easier said than done".
I still have to order from him whether I like it or not and that's where he knows he's got me by the balls.
I just wish I knew who the part supplier was for Marco, PPS, Bay, PBL and the rest of these folks so I can cut the freaking middle man and create a Canadian website of my own to tend to the pinball hobbyist on the north side of the border!