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Jinx'd

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i have something stuck in cali(from china), another stuck in china. and another "somewhere" between here and england, that i am not even "sure" i will ever get.

my vape mail = :eek:pen empty hand:
 

Don29palms

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I know it's not China but I'm waiting on a Furyan that is coming from Australia. I sat in Australia for almost 3 weeks. I finally got an update yesterday that it's in Los Angeles customs. I talked to a friend in Australia and he said international shipping is really messed up there right now because of the Wuhan flu. I'll be glad when it's finally gets here.
 

Jinx'd

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I know it's not China but I'm waiting on a Furyan that is coming from Australia. I sat in Australia for almost 3 weeks. I finally got an update yesterday that it's in Los Angeles customs. I talked to a friend in Australia and he said international shipping is really messed up there right now because of the Wuhan flu. I'll be glad when it's finally gets here.

my money says they are letting it sit in quarantine before moving it along.
 

Synphul

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I haven't actually had a problem with the 17track site itself. I don't think.

I do however have a small order from 3F that has not moved since this:
"
2020-04-08 16:37 Zhengzhou, delivered to air transport

"
Sounds like the same shit I got. The second half of my Jan 24th order.

"2020-04-05 17:06 Zhengzhou, delivered to air transport"

Not a peep since. I'm guessing when communication in china stops it means it's on the slow boat or something. Doesn't actually ever say 'departed' or anything useful. Then it usually pops up stateside in customs. Last one only took 16-17 days from the time it said 'preparing shipment' until it showed up in my mailbox. That included a pitstop through customs. This time it's been 21 days already and not even made it to customs yet.

I hear a lot of mail is super slow even within the u.s. People who ordered liquid nicotine, was supposed to be at their door almost 2 weeks ago just now showing up.
 

VinnySem

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I don't know about you all, but I'm done ordering shit from China. With the long shipping and customs times, poor communication, I've had it. If I can't find the vape gear I want stateside, I'll just do without.


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MrMeowgi

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I don't know about you all, but I'm done ordering shit from China. With the long shipping and customs times, poor communication, I've had it. If I can't find the vape gear I want stateside, I'll just do without.


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I've made a few China purchases in the last week but hats about it for me as well. The pieces I ordered were billet accessories so it was either China or a huge mark up for authentic. A big difference from 19 for an rba to 120 for the same with just a touch less workmanship
 

VinnySem

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Speaking only for myself, I would order from China because sites like FT would have some gear in stock that US shops didn't have. And before this WuFlu shit, packages would arrive in around 10-14 days, not too bad. Now, it's taking nearly double that, with longer delays coming on the other side. And I don't think it's going to improve, hell it may get worse if political tensions between countries escalate.

I know all this stuff is made in and comes from China originally anyway, US vape shops have to get it from somewhere. And the US shops need to do a better job of inventory display on their sites. IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT IN STOCK, DON'T LIST IT!! I'm a programmer, I know it's not difficult!


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nadalama

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I got a lot more frustrated with China before I saw that video that showed the workers trying to sort the absolute mountain of packages, which probably represents a reality in Chinese life that we never see.


When I look at that I think it's a miracle we ever receive any of it over here.
 

MrMeowgi

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I got a lot more frustrated with China before I saw that video that showed the workers trying to sort the absolute mountain of packages, which probably represents a reality in Chinese life that we never see.


When I look at that I think it's a miracle we ever receive any of it over here.
I saw my billet accessories in there. Lmao
 

Jinx'd

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yeah, china shipping normally kinda sucks. but you have to keep that in mind when ordering. i am waiting 6 weeks on something now. and if i am lucky, only 1 more week. but what i got just doesn't come up for sale here, usually.
 

gsmit1

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If anybody gets a tracking number that doesn't show up in 17track, try THIS The girl at vapesourcing told me about it. There actually is tracking info there for an order from the Hong Kong warehouse that showed nothing in 17track.
 

Jinx'd

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17track seems to be working fine now. but their notifications are about 2 days delayed.
 

gsmit1

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If anybody gets a tracking number that doesn't show up in 17track, try THIS The girl at vapesourcing told me about it. There actually is tracking info there for an order from the Hong Kong warehouse that showed nothing in 17track.
I found out this is a subscription type service for the vendor and it won't work unless they send you a specific link. Sorry about that. Didn't know.
 

gsmit1

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Here we go again. A day from Jersey to Detroit. The hub is on the river, 20 miles from here. Usually a package will go from there to my local PO here. Here it is 5 days later and it magically shows up in Pontiac 25 miles north of here. Chicago is pretty bad too, but I don't think there's any distribution hub in the country worse than Detroit.
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gsmit1

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But are you in Redford? :teehee:
Yes, but in that case it went from "shipping label created" in California, to my local post office in Michigan with not a single update in between. They never even recorded receiving the item in California.
 

Rhianne

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Yes, but in that case it went from "shipping label created" in California, to my local post office in Michigan with not a single update in between. They never even recorded receiving the item in California.

I’ve been having that happen with some vape gear now during lockdown. Plus I placed orders twice and they didn’t go through. It shouldn’t affect the computer programs which confirm orders, though. But the Post Office has been okay as afar as delivering, it seems. Just a bit slower.
 

Jinx'd

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here is one of mine, supposed to be here yesterday. they don't even know where it is.

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gsmit1

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I’ve been having that happen with some vape gear now during lockdown. Plus I placed orders twice and they didn’t go through. It shouldn’t affect the computer programs which confirm orders, though. But the Post Office has been okay as afar as delivering, it seems. Just a bit slower.
Did your transaction go into "pending"?
 

Rhianne

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Did your transaction go into "pending"?

Not even. I did two Sourcemore orders and I haven’t heard about them yet. One was divided up and I’ve got a confirmation and shipping number, but that’s it.

But even with ECX here, one order wasn’t confirmed and I asked about it, and was told it didn’t go through. Placed another order, and both showed up. :smh:
 

gsmit1

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Here's an idea. Why don't we compare notes on shipping methods and how long it took to get here. Maybe a pattern can be identified as to which ones are slowest and fastest.

I want to order a few Billet Box items from 3F, but I have an order sitting over there for 37 days that hasn't even crossed the Pacific yet. I'd be willing to pay a few bucks to significantly cut that down.

It's not even the waiting time. It's the weeks with no updates thing that I can't take.
 

~Don~

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I sort of just order from China and forget about it.

I see when they send it, the email notification on my phone.

Additionally I won’t order anything not in stock or that isn’t 24hrs.

Like my recent order... lazy to go to storage and open the door to my vape box... which is sitting right as you open it bottom right...so I ordered another Goon 22

This was on the 7th... shipped next day... last update was that it was being handed over to DHL... I didn’t choose that shipping and used the free shipping method... guess it hitched a ride lol

But yeah... you order before Wednesday 10pm US... and it should ship out fairly fast... but after 10pm Wednesday, being they are 16h+... odds it will sit til late Sunday our time-mid day Monday theirs.

Short version... order Sunday-Wednesday US time and it should move respectfully


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Synphul

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I have no clue what in sam fuck this means. Supposedly part 2 of my split shipment left china on april 5th. May 14th I get this shit, that says zhengzhou international processing center return (note security return). Then says has been exported from zhengzhou airport sealed. Which is what it said April 5th. I emailed ft to ask what it means, looks as though it either never left china in the first place or left, got kicked back to china and maybe reshipped? But I never got notice that it reached a u.s. customs center stateside so not sure how it would've been booted based on security return.

All I know is, ordered this shit 4mo ago. And now that it's 39 days later after it supposedly 'shipped' it 'shipped' again.. maybe. 40 days. Noah made it across the high seas in 40 days. JC and crew only wandered the desert for 40 days. Maybe they should ship this shit with Noah instead of fuck all slow express. Bout to lose my shit lol.

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CaFF

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This is mine still...a small 3F order....doesn't seem to be updating.

Code:
Origin - Tracking consuming: 259 ms
    2020-05-12 09:52

    ORD, Arrival of goods at destination airport
    2020-05-12 09:52

    ORD, Arrived at the destination airport
    2020-05-12 01:58

    ORD, Released from customs: customs cleared.
    2020-05-12 00:36

    HKG, shipment departed from airport of origin country
    2020-05-08 21:05

    ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION RECEIVED: YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN PROCESSED AND TRACKING WILL BE UPDATED SOON
    2020-05-08 21:05

    EN ROUTE TO DHL ECOMMERCE
    2020-05-08 17:55

    HKG, Hand over to airline.
    2020-05-08 15:55

    HONGKONG, Arrived at Hong Kong hub.
    2020-05-07 13:33

    Shenzhen,China, Depart from facility to service provider.
    2020-05-06 04:01

    Shenzhen,China, Shipment arrived at facility and measured.
    2020-05-06 04:01

    Shenzhen,China, 4PX picked up shipment.

SEEMS to have passed customs..but at freakin' O'Hare. (ORD) Not the best thing for me as I'm nearly 3,000 miles from there..smh.

Why the hell wouldn't it go to LA or SF as usual??? Jeeez...
 

nadalama

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The two shipments I am waiting on right now have been the two most frustrating I've ever had coming from China.

Well, I guess they're coming. One of these damn days.

Part of me thinks that China is just not worrying too much about being quick with packages to the US, and the other part of me thinks the USPS has been seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY, impaired by COVID-19.

That second part makes sense because it isn't just international shipments that have gone squirrelly. Half the packages I've received lately have been late, or have taken strange detours on their way to me, or have just been hanging out in tracking for what feels like interminable lengths of time, not moving at all. Delivery dates can change as the wind blows. It's beginning to scare me.

We'd be up shit creek for sure without postal service. Talk about too big to fail! I mean REALLY.
 

SteveS45

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The two shipments I am waiting on right now have been the two most frustrating I've ever had coming from China.

Well, I guess they're coming. One of these damn days.

Part of me thinks that China is just not worrying too much about being quick with packages to the US, and the other part of me thinks the USPS has been seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY, impaired by COVID-19.

That second part makes sense because it isn't just international shipments that have gone squirrelly. Half the packages I've received lately have been late, or have taken strange detours on their way to me, or have just been hanging out in tracking for what feels like interminable lengths of time, not moving at all. Delivery dates can change as the wind blows. It's beginning to scare me.

We'd be up shit creek for sure without postal service. Talk about too big to fail! I mean REALLY.

I had a delivery that came from the UK take 3 days to get from Pa. To New York. I have a feeling International Shipments are Low Priority these days.
 

~Don~

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I made an order from 3F on the 6th... its been sitting in Chicago for a week with it being cleared by customs, but zero movement since haha... just weird being in SoCal, that it arrived in Chicago and not the usual LAX.

Order from Europe, always NY... China always been LAX... so Chicago was a surprise

It wasn't a lot of money, but money spent nonetheless.

I order and normally just forget about it... get daily informed delivery notifications from USPS... I just scroll and see if a package is coming.

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MrMeowgi

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The two shipments I am waiting on right now have been the two most frustrating I've ever had coming from China.

Well, I guess they're coming. One of these damn days.

Part of me thinks that China is just not worrying too much about being quick with packages to the US, and the other part of me thinks the USPS has been seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY, impaired by COVID-19.

That second part makes sense because it isn't just international shipments that have gone squirrelly. Half the packages I've received lately have been late, or have taken strange detours on their way to me, or have just been hanging out in tracking for what feels like interminable lengths of time, not moving at all. Delivery dates can change as the wind blows. It's beginning to scare me.

We'd be up shit creek for sure without postal service. Talk about too big to fail! I mean REALLY.
Yea I had to cancel an order this am for some headphones from Skullcandy. They shipped ups innovation and transferred to usps in greensboro about 30 minutes from me. Ups says transfered. Usps say still waiting on arrival. That was on the 7th of May. 30 minutes from my house. I ordered the same from Amazon with prime shipping and got them Sunday. 2 days after ordering.
 

Creature0069

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I've got an order that's been sitting at an airport for just over a month in the UK and another from Fasttech that still hasn't left their warehouse 3 weeks after getting a second tracking #. Paid for DHL shipping too. Fasttech order may end up cancelled if it doesn't move soon.
Over $400 worth of product in limbo. :headbang:

^^ last time I had a shipment go through Chicago, my package went to 3 different towns in Florida before it made it to Mass.
 

SteveS45

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if you don't mind me asking = from who did you order ? did you get a tracking # ? = i guess so, sisnse you said you know where it is.

Ordered from JAC Vapour over $100 USD worth of coils and an S17 MOD Kit with a top fill tank. Received Royal Mail & USPS Tracking numbers.
 

CaFF

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I made an order from 3F on the 6th... its been sitting in Chicago for a week with it being cleared by customs, but zero movement since haha... just weird being in SoCal, that it arrived in Chicago and not the usual LAX.

Order from Europe, always NY... China always been LAX... so Chicago was a surprise

It wasn't a lot of money, but money spent nonetheless.

I order and normally just forget about it... get daily informed delivery notifications from USPS... I just scroll and see if a package is coming.

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Yup, same here. :)
I know the package is small enough to fit in either the regular mailbox or in the package bin. So, it'll be safe if I don't catch it right away.
 

Jinx'd

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Ordered from JAC Vapour over $100 USD worth of coils and an S17 MOD Kit with a top fill tank. Received Royal Mail & USPS Tracking numbers.

my thing is, i didn't get a tracking number. was told "thats the way we do it". sounded odd to me. i may have been screwed, but i will do a chargeback. i would much rather have what i ordered = hard to find. but these days, its possible for it to show up 3 months later.
 

SteveS45

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my thing is, i didn't get a tracking number. was told "thats the way we do it". sounded odd to me. i may have been screwed, but i will do a chargeback. i would much rather have what i ordered = hard to find. but these days, its possible for it to show up 3 months later.

Sorry can't like your post but who did you order from?
 

Jinx'd

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Sorry can't like your post but who did you order from?

a place called Ralphys (or something like that) , in england. another thing is, they were having a closing down sale, they are gone now. so its either the mail or he screwed me. i am really hoping the mail, and it very well could be. but the tracking # thing, idk.
 

Just Frank

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just got a china order in 2 days ago. about 3 week in transit. not bad at all considering.
I ordered from Cigabuy recently and picked the cheapest shipping option. Ordered two Luotic MF squonks and a Cleito RBA. Turns out that the cheapest shipping option was DHL. I got my stuff really quick considering what's going on. I think it was under two weeks and my package was dropped off here.

I ordered from Fasttech a couple of months ago. That one took damn near two months (just over six weeks actually). That didn't stop me from ordering again.. I'm fine with waiting for the stuff I get from there. I was thinking my squonk boxes would take just as long so lucky me I guess.

I ordered at Cigabuy again and Health Cabin. Those packages are in a blind spot for now. I'll probably check my bookmarks in a couple of weeks to see they're at a customs center probably.
 

SteveS45

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a place called Ralphys (or something like that) , in england. another thing is, they were having a closing down sale, they are gone now. so its either the mail or he screwed me. i am really hoping the mail, and it very well could be. but the tracking # thing, idk.

No tracking number and going out of business to me sounds like a scam. If something was shipped there is a tracking number and no tracking number means never shipped. Without a Tracking Number you can't open a case with USPS or Royal Mail so do the charge back. If it did ship and you get it then you can pay them or screw them.
 

SteveS45

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I ordered from Fastech once and received my shit so fast @Jinx'd was as surprised as I was~! Still have all the glass for my Rafale that I ordered and never used one yet~! Was hoping I received them before I broke my last one but I put a Vaping Watch Vape Band on it and have not broken it since with Many, Many drops~! Miss Vaping Watch...................
 

Jinx'd

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No tracking number and going out of business to me sounds like a scam. If something was shipped there is a tracking number and no tracking number means never shipped. Without a Tracking Number you can't open a case with USPS or Royal Mail so do the charge back. If it did ship and you get it then you can pay them or screw them.

yes, it does seem like i got screwed. but i found out about the place from a trustworthy guy over in england and he said they were good. its was $45, so not a big deal. i will wait a week or 2, nothing = CB.
but the mail is why i want to see what @Creature0069 has to say about his tracking.
 

Creature0069

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if you don't mind me asking = from who did you order ? did you get a tracking # ? = i guess so, sisnse you said you know where it is.

My order was from Vaping 101. They shipped it fast and gave me a tracking #.. Royal mail? Not so much. It arrived at the airport within 2 days and has been there over a month now.
 

Rhianne

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I've got an order that's been sitting at an airport for just over a month in the UK and another from Fasttech that still hasn't left their warehouse 3 weeks after getting a second tracking #. Paid for DHL shipping too. Fasttech order may end up cancelled if it doesn't move soon.
Over $400 worth of product in limbo. :headbang:

^^ last time I had a shipment go through Chicago, my package went to 3 different towns in Florida before it made it to Mass.

Well, it got to the East Coast, at least.
 

Rhianne

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Has anyone ordered from Sourcemore lately? I’m not sure what’s up with my orders? Although they did send a refund for half of one order pretty quickly. But no tracking or shipping info.

The cheapest shipping was Netherlands or something. Maybe I should have gotten DHL, but I cheaped out.
 

Jinx'd

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My order was from Vaping 101. They shipped it fast and gave me a tracking #.. Royal mail? Not so much. It arrived at the airport within 2 days and has been there over a month now.

thanx. its possible that mine is sitting there also. that is, if it was even ever sent.
 

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