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China Airmail (i need a straight up answer)

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  1. b00gym4n

    b00gym4n Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    I know this is an old post/topic, but in your experiences with (China) how long did it take you to receive your package using "Airmail". I already know EMS is within a week since i've used it before. It's been 13 days since my purchase and it says the package just got into New York. I live in california so i'm expecting another 500 days or so. :( Can anyone help me get a peace of mind here? I'm actually thinking about ordering another package so i can get what i need using EMS, most likely it will get here before my 1st order. Any Airmail experiences, please, preferably china to california airmail experiences. thanks in advance.

    Btw don't use Airmail. I hope you read this if you're trying to figure that out.
  2. lkim65

    lkim65 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2009
    That's odd that it is in New York. It seems the package went in the opposite direction. I would think it would have shipped east from China, meaning it would have hit U.S. shores in California. Most say they have received their shipments within 5 to 7 days. Doesn't make any sense that it went to New York.
  3. Luma

    Luma Super Member ECF Veteran

    Customs may have been holding it for a bit...

    They usually come into JFK.
  4. tony206

    tony206 Moved On

    Sep 25, 2009
    What are you trying to purchase that you need to go to a Chinese supplier for? Wouldn't it make since to order from a US supplier if you are worried about time?
  5. b00gym4n

    b00gym4n Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    Well for one they're prices are unbeatable as far as i know. If you know any U.S Cheap e-juices/ 510's please let me know.

    I don't think customs are holding and I don't know why it landed in NY when it should have landed in San Francisco.

    5-7 days? I think you're referring to EMS mail, not Airmail.
  6. bearscreek

    bearscreek Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 7, 2009
    Cheaper mail (airmail I suppose) can take about 3 weeks to TN.
  7. Kent C

    Kent C ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 12, 2009
    NW Ohio US
    If it's in NY it won't be long. Had an EMS shipment from Eastmall come through NY. It tracked in NY on Thursday and arrived here on Saturday. I know some vendors are rerouting to avoid certain cities but NY can be as bad on customs issues as Chicago.

    BTW, the tracking never updated from being in NY until it showed up at my front door. USPS tracking is Much of the problem. I had one package from dietsmokes ordered late on the 15th showed 'processing' at Ft. Worth PO on the 16th until the 19th the night before the package got here. No update on tracking until after it was delivered.

    I'll guess Wednesday at the latest and that will be on the 'fast side' of airmail. I have one from Sept 9th that hasn't arrived.
  8. b00gym4n

    b00gym4n Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    I don't know much about shipping processes, but i'm curious since you said you used EMS which landed in NY. My question is, would Airmail be using the same type of USPS ground delivery from NY to my destination? Or would it be different, if it's the same that's great news to me. Is the only difference from EMS & Airmail the overseas process?

    Also if you dont mind me asking which state do you live in?

    Thank in advance.
  9. Kent C

    Kent C ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 12, 2009
    NW Ohio US
    I'm not certain if there is a difference in the mode used between EMS and airmail once it hits US soil but I'd guess it is the same. My Eastmall order was very small and I really don't have any idea of what the criteria is that customs uses to hold something up or whether it is random and luck of the draw, but mine must have moved right through. However just checking on my ecig24 order I now have tracking on it and it's been in NY since the 16th - not good news. Yet eastmall order sailed right through. I withdraw my previous predictions - it appears it's a crapshoot :)

    I'm in Ohio.
  10. prof beard

    prof beard Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 29, 2009
    Stafford UK
    I don't have any problem with shipping from China to the UK - usually a week or so - I suspect most delays for the US customers are at the US customs etc end...
  11. tiiams

    tiiams Full Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 4, 2009
    Ok well my experence in the last 60 days is 8 to 10 days from em my stuff comes to s.f. then I get it about 3 days after it is outbound from customs. usps treats it as express mail meaning 3 days del. by noon. But if it still shows inbound to customs it is being delayed by customs, either there behind or inspecting the package by hand.

    If no show after 15 days contact em there real good on dealing with shipping issues. I have also ordered from health cabin and heavens gift there all good to deal with and have very fresh stuff.
  12. trog100

    trog100 Moved On ECF Veteran

    May 23, 2008
    because it say its in NY dosnt mean it is.. the poster who says it didnt update until it arrived is correct..

    we get the same.. we use signed for airmail.. it tracks as leaving the UK.. it then updates as arriving in NY.. the next update is when a delivery attempt is made...

    the period in between NY and delivery we call the USPS black hole.. things always pop out but you never know exactly when.. times in the US vary.. 3 to 14 days.. we think items just sit in a US customs shed.. or a USPS shed.. or sometimes the horse loses a shoe one the way.. he he he

    sooo its reliable but the time taken is unknown.. you sit back and wait for arrival.. dont be fooled by the still in NY bit.. it isnt.. its in the black hole.. it will say NY until a few hours after its been delivered..


    ps... we ship from the UK but i think chinese stuff will get the same treatment..

    EMS is chinese express.. the low cost HG option will be something they call china mail.. its not EMS express..
  13. lordmage

    lordmage Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 15, 2008
    Dundalk,Maryland, USA
    Man i hate to say this Trog is right about the hole "black hole" . if it were to be ceased the update would read handed over to customs, or some such mess with a returned or refused, accepted status. this happened to me once. the other thing is the USPS Carriers only scan when needed which means when they first get it, if and when it is handed to another states carrier or delivery attempt is made either failed and or passed. with updates every 10 hours or so online so their is a second "black hole" called check back soon. :evil:
  14. rfun6

    rfun6 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 17, 2009
    Tennessee ....
    I have ordered from them 3 times. I always have taken the cheap 3 dollar shipping. It takes around 2 to 3 weeks. Closer to the 3 to get here to Tennessee.
  15. mELIANTE

    mELIANTE Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 13, 2009
    I have thes same question as the OP, only I live in Portugal instead of California. Any europeans here that usually get their stuff from heaven gifts via the cheap airmail?:D
  16. Snarkyone

    Snarkyone Super Member ECF Veteran

    The wait time and never knowing what the heck is going on is the main reason I use US suppliers. I am not one to wait for a month for my stuff to arrive, I don't like to do that and I want to be able to talk to someone in English and have it be understood.
  17. unknwn

    unknwn Senior Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    My packages (quite small) from Heaven's Gifts and DealExtreme both took every bit of 25 days to get to me.
    Once the tracking showed "New York" it was about 4 days to my door.
    The pigeons that they employ for airmail in China are quite overworked, and probably the only workforce over there that enjoy union status. (and that means that they get something other than fish heads and rice for thier thrice monthly meal break).:D
  18. trog100

    trog100 Moved On ECF Veteran

    May 23, 2008
    basally we have shipped thousands of airmail items to the US.. we know what happens at the US end.. things hit the NY update two days after we ship...

    after that there is no update until a delivery attempt is made.. the check back later is total bollocks.. if asked on the phone or in person USPS will say its still in customs.. this is also total bollocks.. its in the "black hole"..

    now for the good news.. they always come out of the "black hole".. time in the "black hole" can be anywhere between 3 and 10 days... this is not location connected.. we have had stuff get to Hawaii in a total time of 5 days but stuff take over two week to be delivered to someone in New Yorke..

    time in the black hole is totally unpredictable and seems totally random.. which is why we call it the black hole.. no one knows what goes on in there even the people that work for USPS..


    ps.. at the chinese end there is probably another unpredictable black hole..
  19. texasvol

    texasvol Full Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 14, 2009
    It seems that airmail from China is TOTALLY unpredictable. I ordered goods from Eastmall (China supplier) on a Friday; they arrived at my door in Texas on Tuesday. Shipment arrived in US at San Francisco. One big variable is probably US Customs. My stuff apparently sailed right on through.
  20. beckah54

    beckah54 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 27, 2009
    My delivery from China took two weeks to the day using the Airmail option, while, generally, it took one week for EMS. No update until I had the pink slip in my mailbox that the item was ready for pickup at the local post office.
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