My largest chopping board yet. #6: Shipping to the USA?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 02-02-2012 11:41 PM 9528 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My largest board yet would cost between AU$94.80 [best part of a hundred bucks US and take several weeks] and AU$228.95 [US$240.00 and a few days] to send to the states…I don’t think the US is going to be my target market with these big boards… although you never know…With my prices low and shipping high… I may still be in with a chance over the top end of the market there…
What say you all?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 11:54 PM

Sorry Larry, as much as I like you, I don’t think I will order too many boards from you, unless of course you either move to the USA, or send me plane tickets to AUS.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 12:08 AM

hmmmm…. i have several brilliant ideas:
1. teach your boards to swim (well, they are very clever, right? and they float)
2. open a shipping company – there must be ahuge margin there
3. start selling huge amount in the US, so you can ship containers
4. find someone who travel back and forth every week to the US and use his baggage allowance

shipping is a wonder. when i buy stuff from toolsfromjapan, the shipping is actually cheaper than shipping from Auckland!!! go figure. and the biggest wonder is dealextreme, they ship from china for free… even if you buy something that costs 1$...

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 12:13 AM

make these boards out of a wood that your pour water over it and it swells to this new size…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sam Shakouri

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 12:26 AM

I think you will get what you want but you have to wait for while for the right person.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 12:40 AM

Just stamp ‘Made in China’ on it Larry and it should sell right away, Lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 12:41 AM

A CB that big would appeal to professional chefs, and I know that a large portion of the chefs in America use “John Boos” CB’s. His CB’s are mostly made from hard maple, but if you could show the different colored woods are just as superior to just plain maple, you could get into that market. Also, the “Food channel” with all their celebrity chefs could also be a target. If one of the celebrity chef’s got one of your boards the advertisement on TV would be worth it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 12:47 AM

Shipping costs is a big killer Larry but there are some good suggestions above. Would be great if one of their celebrity chefs got one on TV.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 02:07 AM

Larry, make a lot of them and raft them over. Shipping is always a killer. I just paid $60.00 for some QS Sycamore from across the country. The shipping was $60.00. Nice board anyway. But, maybe bigger isn’t always better. I’m off to my shop to try a different approach (for me) to a board. A solid piece of 5/4” burl slab shaped as a cutting board. That seems very ‘lazy’ compared to your latest effort!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 02:53 AM

I see you take a trip to the US, preferably California, and bring it with you.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 02:56 AM

Good luck with everything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 02-03-2012 03:18 AM

Go down to the beach and skip it across!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 02-03-2012 04:00 AM

I saw one suggestion that may be a wonderful idea. If you shipped a couple of nice boards to a couple of our tv chefs, free gratis, you may start a firestorm. I know it’s a lot of work for one, but the payoff could be GD huge.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 05:27 AM

Charge $500 to $700 for the board and make the shipping free!

You never know …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 02-03-2012 06:29 AM

Hi Larry,

Somebody from Melbourne wanted a price to ship an ezee-feed to them. Shipping was $800.00.

Needless to say, they didn’t buy it. Maybe next time. lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 02-03-2012 10:48 PM

I dont get what the fuss is all about? Why dont you just attach a motor and sell it as a skiff and sail it here? Also—-teleportation is free…magic carpet?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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