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Now that’s an expensive piece of mail

Moira sent me a package from the states. It had soap and pencils in it. It was under five pounds. It took eleven days from shipping to me getting it. Total cost to ship? $225.



Some details to share. I've got a thing for soap. Always have. When I find a farmers market I'm a lock to walk away with at least two different kinds of soap. My favorites are lemon and orange scents. Citrus is my thing. When I can find it combined with something like ginger I'm thrillled. I've done some searching here in China and I've come up empty. I was able to find some different things in TaoBao (China's version of Amazon), but it was super expensive. I opted to buy a bunch on Amazon and have it shipped to Moira. My logic was to have her ship it to me because Amazon won't ship to Asia.



Speaking of super expensive. Let's talk about good mechanical pencils. I press hard when I write. It's a issue. Been dealing with it my entire life. Most folks choose 0.5 lead. Some go with 0.7 lead because it's thicker. I have to write with 0.9, otherwise I just snap off the lead repeatedly. You can find these on Amazon fairly cheap. Here in China, not so much. I searched all over the city. Found some stationary stores. No dice. I DID eventually find the specific pencil I wanted on TaoBao. It was priced at 350 RMB ($50 USD). WTF? I love the Pentel Twist Erase. Best mechanical pencil ever. Yeah, it makes a difference to anal retentive nut job like me. Or Math teachers. You choose.



Just like the soap I had some shipped to Moira. She packaged it all up and shipped it to me. It only took eleven days to arrive.


Before the package was shipped to China I had to supply a list of contents and their costs. The package was opened in customs before I got it with a note in it letting me know it had been inspected. I had to pay a tax of 138 RMB upon delivery (about $20 USD). Total cost of the entire shipment was about $300 when all was factored in. Don't think we'll go this route again. Sort of sucks because I know I'm going to need some new khaki pants. I have doubts I'll find them here. I now some other fairly tall dudes here. I think I can get some guidance there.


I'm fine with the whole cost thing. I think Moira May still be in shock over the shipping price. My friend Tia tells me stuff like this is foreigner tax. I get it. We're going to pay way too much for something because we walk into some situations ignorant. It's rare, but it does happen. For instance, taking a taxi to the wrong place? I've done that twice. Not a big deal. Cost of living here is still super cheap.


In a taxi now headed to trivia night at a bar with friends. Good times. Perhaps report on that tomorrow.







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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
28 oct 2022

Ouch! For the chea... oh wait frugal ones are gasping to the point of hyperventilation 😱

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48protz
48protz
27 oct 2022

Those pencils do look familiar, grasshopper! 😉

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David Shick!
David Shick!
27 oct 2022
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I will forever thank you to introducing me to the Pentel Gel Pens. I brought a formidable supply with me from the states.

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