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Hi Dave,
Is this still available?
It is but I imagine the shipping costs to you would be astronomical, i.e. well over $100 for a carrier like UPS. I wouldn't rely on the US postal service right now for an international shipment
 

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Just as an FYI, here in Canada we avoid using a courier service for anything shipped here from the US like we would avoid a complimentary visit to a proctologist. The courier services charge a brokerage fee for doing the paperwork for customs which is $40 to $50. If I can't get it shipped USPS then I tell the seller not to bother.
 

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Just as an FYI, here in Canada we avoid using a courier service for anything shipped here from the US like we would avoid a complimentary visit to a proctologist. The courier services charge a brokerage fee for doing the paperwork for customs which is $40 to $50. If I can't get it shipped USPS then I tell the seller not to bother.
While I agree with you 100% in NORMAL times, USPS has lately absolutely messed up simple AMAZON Prime shipments along with letters and packages from our kids in far off US cities and friends in England. Possibly when (if?) things go back to normal I may again trust the USPS. Trying to figure shipping rates - it could be anywhere between $25 and a few USD over $100. The low is surface while the high dollar amount is Priority. The rate charts are so confusing that I would need pack the item then get a quote from the USPS. It would not be inexpensive.
 

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The Priority set rate boxes are much less confusing and I've had my brother ship numerous things to me that way although over the border the boxes are limited to 20 pounds instead of the 70 if they stay inside US borders and are 3 to 4 times the US price. I agree with you that any odd shaped article of any size is a crap shoot for figuring out rates. Something as small as a honing guide shouldn't be that bad for price.

Gaia had me ship him a jointer blade setting gauge from here to him in the UK and under 400 grams was only around $20 I think it was but over 400 grams was closer to $70. I had to keep the wooden box it came in to make it under 400.
 

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The Priority set rate boxes are much less confusing and I've had my brother ship numerous things to me that way although over the border the boxes are limited to 20 pounds instead of the 70 if they stay inside US borders and are 3 to 4 times the US price. I agree with you that any odd shaped article of any size is a crap shoot for figuring out rates. Something as small as a honing guide shouldn't be that bad for price.

Gaia had me ship him a jointer blade setting gauge from here to him in the UK and under 400 grams was only around $20 I think it was but over 400 grams was closer to $70. I had to keep the wooden box it came in to make it under 400.
Unfortunately, 400 grams is somewhat less than a pound. This honing uide, with good protective packaging will be in the neighborhood of 2200 or so and Australia is not exactly next door as is Canada for shipping purposes.

If MikeBee wants that honing guide and is willing to pay the price plus shipping - heck, I'll do a post office run with the package for a quote and go from there
 

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Hi Dave,

Yes I'm still interested in the honing guide if postage costs are not too high

I wouldn't want it shipped by courier for the polite reasons Charles quoted, but I have no idea of postage costs from the US.
Is that a misspell of the weight 2200 grams? That's 2.2 Kg and would cost a fortune in postage..lol! Looking at a vendors site in the US, shipping by UPS is quoted as $71 but as you said shipping would be astronomical.

I am just starting out in woodworking and trying to get a few tools together, so thought the guide would be handy to have. I am not in a hurry for it and can wait until things return to some sort of normal. If you can get some idea of postage, that would be much appreciated.

You guys are so lucky over there, good sales on tools and good choices of products. Here that guide is AUD136 + postage (Approx USD105) so I thought I might be able to save a few bucks.

Thanks Mike
 
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