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Default Buying from eBay sellers in Russia??

Ok, not a question about Russian eBay sellers, but rather shipping. I was looking at an old Vostok watch from a Russian seller and they straight up declared posting from Russia can take forever. Have any of you all dealt with this?


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I have ordered two or three times from sellers in that part of the world and shipping does take longer than the average overseas shipping to the US.

The first couple times, I had been buying watches at a rate of 3-4 a week so my shipping arrivals sort of got into a rythym of a package every​ two days and I didn't really notice how long shipping from Russia could take because I was getting so many packages from other places, but the third time.. I had nothing else coming in and it took so long that I forgot that I had ordered the item.

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International postage. ( my opinion is based on travel & trading since 1979)
trust no ruski postal system -
DHL or the likes are a much better option, BUT EXPENSIVE.
Same goes for Italy, Greece, or any one near the Baltic's(bad) & most of south america, I have not had issues with china - yet, only ever posted once from Africa in 1981(Egypt) and im still waiting for it, forget the middle east and the subcontinent can be a hit and miss at the best of times,( mainly due to customs, duty etc ) yanks are OK but not the GPS system that ebay sell, Singapore & Malaysia are fine Thailand hit & miss. most pacific islands are OK, Caribbean some good most smaller islands no way.
Most of the white commonwealth are good (racist yes, but facts a fact) (Australia are slow)
but no postal system any where is as good as the Japanese.
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I buy a lot of old Vostoks and the like from Russia. It does take a while for them to arrive but they always get here and the tracking always works so you can see where they are, which is always a comfort.
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Thanks all. Ive had packages arrive from all over the world with generally good success. Id avoided sellers in Russia due to a few stories of long waits but now reading the tracking is good I might give them a try.


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Michael, I think the tracking is different for the US than for the UK...and it will vary between shipping carriers.

I guess, depending on the value of the item you're buying, you should be fine. My packages always did arrive.

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Michael, I think the tracking is different for the US than for the UK...and it will vary between shipping carriers.

I guess, depending on the value of the item you're buying, you should be fine. My packages always did arrive.

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Hey Mike,

Not very high value, so Im willing to take a shot. I dont like throwing money away but itd be a few lunches skipped to comp for this one.

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I've been skipping lunches for these past couple months and just stopping by the house to eat... saving at least twenty bucks a day.. over a year, I could conceivably save enough to buy, say, something like an Sla025 which I prefer over the 017 or 019.

Funny that I never thought of it before... skipping lunch to save money to buy a nice watch..never thought of making that kind of sacrifice to save up for that long to get something.

I put the money in an old shoebox and I think it's already close to $500 in there.

It's also possible, of course that I'll end up needing tires or something, but I'll see how long I can hold out.

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Takes enormous willpower to skip lunch and chuck the savings into a watch slush fund

Takes even more willpower not to raid the slushie fund when the occasional eBay bargain pops up . You know, some of us buy not because we need or want a particular watch, but because a watch is offered particularly cheap.
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When I managed a bicycle shop back in the early 90s I had a customer who reduced his diet to rice and peanut butter sandwiches to help save money so he could afford some super fly high end bike. He was kind of a weirdo.


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When I managed a bicycle shop back in the early 90s I had a customer who reduced his diet to rice and peanut butter sandwiches to help save money so he could afford some super fly high end bike. He was kind of a weirdo.


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Takes enormous willpower to skip lunch and chuck the savings into a watch slush fund

Takes even more willpower not to raid the slushie fund when the occasional eBay bargain pops up . You know, some of us buy not because we need or want a particular watch, but because a watch is offered particularly cheap.
Sadly he has passed now of Peanut Butter and Rice poisoning!!
Who Knew Carbs And Proteins Didn't Mix😂
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I work as consultant and part of the benefits is getting free food when I'm at a client (E.g., lunch when I'm there from 9 to 12, lunch and dinner if I'm there 9 to 5)

I confess there was a three - week period where I put away my erstwhile money for food into a watch fund on an amazingly cheap Ulysse Nardin chronometer in need of some restoration. I did save enough to buy the Nardin. There was something wrong with the date, it would only change about midway through the date window. My technician fixed it easily, and I sold it for a profit of 300 USD equivalent. The week after the sale, I paid for lunch at the client to thank them for their (unwitting) assistance
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