tegirinenashi wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:45 pm
OK, let's remove the mystery here: that lonely order is from myself. I thought that in the worst case I can combine the parts with the LF rocket that I own. Therefore, it can be considered as lazy man DIY project. To put it further into DIY perspective: somebody sells wood HF parts on ebay for half of that, and buyer is supposed to do the most laborous part, glassing, sanding, polishing.
A gambling man, that's awesome. Really look forward to your report, when you get it a month or two from now -- takes a long time for those ships to sail. It's a shame the shipping is that high. I've bought stuff from AliExpress before, most smaller things (eg fins) seem to be free shipping ... it's slow, as it comes by boat, but at least it's cheap. Having a quick look through the JNJ site, the shipping gets pretty wonky on big stuff. A sup for $300 had $700 shipping (or something like that).
If it looks like poorly made junk when it arrives, you should pursue returning it. I have read that aliexpress is pretty on top of returns, to legitimize it as an online retail shopping site, as opposed to the free wheeling alibaba pirate site.
PS when I click on the link for this, I get a popup "new to ali express? collect your $100 coupon". I haven't clicked on it, but if legit, that could cover most of the shipping cost!
PPS because I was curious, I tried signing up with a different email address, no coupon. Asked them why, because "available only on first come first serve basis", meaning they are all given away but the popup still there to suggest it.....that's lame and scammy, doesn't reflect well on them unfortunately.