Oh well now you are just rubbing it in! ... I have studied the Poldiac, so yeah, they are amazing 1:1's but I have a "thing" about shipping costs as I used to be an online retailer, therefore I also know what it actually cost to ship within the US from first class to overnight, and online retailers get a break in shipping costs from USPS, so it's hard for me to not feel taken advantage of .. its the principal of the matter.
And I'll take pic #1 for the win, lol ... very nice ... me and the Poldiac were meant to be together so it will happen ... one day
I'm a little leery of some of the Chinese import sites, there's a reason they sometimes have a bad rep, but this is all very similar to the clone Gibson guitars that you can buy from similar sites - they're known as "Chibsons" in the guitar world. There's a lot of honest sellers out there, even though the gear they sell is a straight rip off of Gibson, and lots of people are happy customers.
That's really the reason why I've not bought from Fasttech, is I like to buy the real thing. I know I won't stop clones, but I can choose where I spend - but honestly, some of Fasttech's prices...it's hard to say no.
Same for a Chibson. I want a Les Paul, badly. I can't justify $2k for one. Those Chibsons, at $300....it's so tempting...
Edited to add: Oooh, a nemesis for $21? A Chi You for $22? A RED 134? Must. Not. Get. Out. CC.
Last edited by BillyWJ; 12-27-2013 at 06:37 AM.
Seems like a good place, may place a test order and see how it goes.
Side note, Slice does a fantastic job of tracking orders for you (mostly automatically).
@BillyWJ you don't have to tell me ... I have no problem spending money, but who says I need to spend it all in one place, or on one thing. I want quality and quantity! I guess I am lucky because I have done my fair share of business with China, and I don't ever receive garbage product .. but I am also selective and I do research before I do or buy anything, so I think this pays off for me.
That is why I started the thread because I understand the "weariness" of buying abroad, but like you said, there are good reputable vendors in China, and its just a matter of finding out who they are... and of course there is only one way to find out!
I am really curious as to how their customer service is and how peoples experiences are going to be. Prices are pretty comparable to FT.
I wonder how their shipping will be too, I have had some very fast china shipments (5-7days) and some insane ones (1+months) to me, I would rather just pay an in-state company and support a small business than wait a month for something in the mail unless its very rare.
Small business is the backbone of our economy in the US..meh ill throw an extra 10$ to help out