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Post by Nightcrawler on Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:33 am

So, how good is it that the Aussie dollar is so strong, achieving parity with the $US overnight briefly last night? Shocked

Is everyone online right now ordering their precious plastic from the States? Rolling Eyes

Pity the postage is still a killer, eh? Twisted Evil

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Post by Sledge Hammer! on Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:39 am

It's certainly good for me and my penchant for statue buying, I'll tell you that...

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Re: AU$ vs U$

Post by Xenaphobia on Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:06 pm

I'm tempted to splurge, but the shipping is just ridiculous.

I asked about shipping for a $5.00 figure on Ebay and they wanted $30.00 for shipping. I asked about a $1.00 figure on Ebay and they wanted $20.00 for shipping. It makes mattycollector seem like good value, but it's annoying to see lots of great figures for "bargain" prices, yet the shipping makes them just as expensive if not moreso than in Australia.

Figures from the UK are a little better when it comes to shipping, but unfortunately they don't have such a wide selection especially for stuff like DCUC and MOTUC.

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Post by TheGoodDr on Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:26 pm

I've been going nuts on eBay (feeding my KISS appetite). Even with the shipping costs factored in, I'm still more than happy with what some of this stuff that I've bought has ended up costing me Smile

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Post by BoloMusashi on Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:10 pm

Yeah it's crazy and kinda scary at the same time.

Importers will be loving it while exporters will probably cursing our success or the USA's failures. The last company I worked for was US owned and run, the strong dollar generally results in a load of layoffs which ain't so great.

As a traveller and pop culture fan it's great. The Aussie $ is also pretty strong throughout South East Asia (my next port of call) so I might buy an island like Sir Richard Branson - the invite to the island warming will be in the mail peeps.

I have chatted to a number of Aussies here in NYC, and quite a few of us will be buying some greenbacks as our "Pacific Peso" has a tendency to fall quickly.




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Re: AU$ vs U$

Post by TheSweetestThing on Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:15 am

I'm just hoping it stays up long enough for me to get some good deals on accommodation and spending money for my trip next year. I'm going to be trading $1k this week to take advantage of at least some of it. Fingers crossed it doesn't nose dive before Wednesday Razz

One thing I have to ask though, I don't remember it actually achieving parity at any point just yet? It got to .99905 or something I think.

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Post by Nightcrawler on Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:49 am

I don't watch it religiously or anything, just saw a news story on ABC online which said that it had.

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Re: AU$ vs U$

Post by Sledge Hammer! on Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:05 am

These things are always cyclical anyway, eventually it'll start dropping again, importers will pay more, exporters will pay less, that's just the way these things go. I'm sure that if you looked over it all in the big picture everything pretty much averages out for both sides over the long haul anyhow.

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Post by mse6 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:08 am

something to remember (that was noted on other forums) is that paypal does no use offical rates....they are always lower.

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Post by Sledge Hammer! on Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:03 am

True, but you can set up your payment mothod to allow it to use your credit card's conversion rate instead, which is usually far closer to the current rate than paypal's is.

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Post by TheSweetestThing on Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:00 am

Sledge Hammer! wrote:True, but you can set up your payment mothod to allow it to use your credit card's conversion rate instead, which is usually far closer to the current rate than paypal's is.

That's handy to know, thanks. Smile

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Post by The Dr Of Style on Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:24 pm

It's great to be finally getting great prices on comics as they've come down a huge amount in price..... not..... damn profit takers

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Re: AU$ vs U$

Post by Xenaphobia on Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:09 pm

^^^^

LOL. My LCB store is saying that the new prices were effective 14 October 2010. I haven't noticed a price difference yet, but I'm hopeful that they'll get in stock of some new figures (notably DCUC and Blackest Night) and that they will be reasonably priced.

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Post by Octane on Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:26 pm

OBG it sucks. Try paying child support from the US to AU. My ex is going to tell me to go to hell if I tell her to start expecting less money. It's been quite a turn around from under half to being in par in 10 years.

If you a loose collector of figures it a gold mine. I think I shipped 40+ DCUC/Marvel Legends to Australia for $47.68 (That was shipping and $400 insurance). Just over a $1 a figure for shipping. Figuring out to that DCUC would be about $17-18AUD a figure if you get them in bulk from the US.

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