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Graeme Hill 120/07/2011 14:31:32
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Ok a quick moan from a new poster but someone who has been buyng ME for some 10 years. I now live in Perth in Western Australia and its taking some 2 months plus for issues to reach here via my newsagent. He has the issues in every 2 weeks on the nail but they are always 2 months late. They arent cheap either and the price hasnt moved despite the collapse in the exchange rate.

The main issue is the time lag though. Can anyone shed any light on why it is so slow since sea freight isnt that slow?

Ps love the web site its great to see ME finally moving forward with the times.
Steambuff20/07/2011 15:52:11
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The exchange rate may have collapsed but this will have been cancelled out by the rrise in distribution costs (Fuel etc)
 
Sea freight is getting slower ... I placed an order in February and March for books from Australia, they took 4 and 3 months to arrive !!!!
 
At least you should be able to look at the digital ediion as soon as it is released.
 
Dave
David Clark 120/07/2011 16:00:07
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Hi Graeme
Just takes time.
You could try subscribing.
regards David
blister20/07/2011 20:55:53
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Hi Graeme,
I subscribe and I am from Australia. Like you I found it odd that it took 2 months to arrive.
Don't be fooled with the free gift that is regularly offered in the constant emails to subscribe as it is only for the UK subscribers.
Even though I have asked why the free gift is only for UK subscribers I have as yet not received an answer.( I will keep asking until I do)
Subscribing is the way to go, (and a bit cheaper with the exchange rate) with a lot of good stuff included.
I also receive the hard copy after about a week or so.
 
Regards,
Phil
Dave Tointon20/07/2011 22:00:24
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G'Day Graeme,
Fully agree with Blister. I've been subscribing for years from Australia and apart from the free gift issue, am very happy with the service. I'd gladly pay the postage on the free gifts David, how about it??
Regards
Dave Tointon
 
 
AES21/07/2011 09:29:38
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David (C),
 
I'll add to the "unrest" from the above overseas posters - I too get E-mails fairly frequently offering a sub plus free gift, but, as we all know "UK only". Very annoying and surely, to post stuff from UK to Switzerland is not much different in cost to posting something from one end of the UK to another - I don't think anyone would expect "high speed" post.
 
And also like the above gents, I too would happily pay for the extra postage cost - if any.
 
Krgds
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Graeme Hill 121/07/2011 09:40:37
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Thanks for all the replies.
 
The only reason I haven't taken out a subscription [yet] is the family who run the local newsagent are great.
 
I have thought about the digital edition but I don't think it works on an Ipad which is my primary means of accessing stuff now.
 
It looks like I will have to go down that road though since this delay is driving me mad. The news that Myford has closed down won't hit me in print now until September !
 
p.s. does anyone know any companies in Perth that supply metal to the Model Engineer ?
blister21/07/2011 21:52:36
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and again
Why David (Clark), is the free gift not available to overseas subscribers.
 
Just wonderin'
 
Regards,
Phil
David Clark 122/07/2011 10:08:31
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Hi Blister
It is if you live in the USA or Canada.
Took me about 18 months to get them to do that.
It is however a Workshop Practice book which is quite light.
We only have a certain budget for subscriptions.
I suppose rest of world gifts are next.
I will try talkinfg to the office again.
regards David
blister22/07/2011 10:48:29
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Hi David,
Excellent news. If talking to the office doesn't work try yelling at them. That might not work either but it makes you feel better.
Don't forget about us as it is quite disheartening knowing we are paying the same money to you and not getting all the benefits the others get.
As they say"All or not at all"
 
Kindest regards,
Phil
Dave Tointon22/07/2011 12:50:42
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Thanks David, we all appreciate your efforts
Regards
Dave Tointon
 
AES22/07/2011 16:33:01
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David Clark (1) & all,
 
I appreciate your efforts David but just to be fair, there are "loads" of special offers of all sorts and in all sorts of fields (by no means restricted to just ME/MEW) where the offers are only applicable to the country of origin.
 
Be nice if you can do something, but if not "OK".
 
Krgds
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blister22/07/2011 23:19:29
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Graham,
after all that I hope the answer to your initial question is satisfactory, "Just takes time". Pffft great answer David and I noticed you got a shot in about subscribing too. (insert smiley face here). I still have trouble with those!
Keep up the good work David and please don't forget us.
 
Regards,
Phil
Springbok23/10/2011 22:59:11
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Hi
The postal system in the UK is to say the least chaos I find on a good day it takes about a week to deliver a letter and then from someone down the road who says Hi is this your mail!
As for the free gift I asked at the ME ect; stand at an exhibition and was told this was for new subscribers and not for ones renewing .
On a commercial basis this makes sense as it would cost them a bomb to give a freeby to everyone each year, this is a sweetener to encourage people to start subscribing.
Then if it happened you would see the sub's go up at least an extra £2.00 per issue.
 
Our club the BSMEE which is over 100 years young has ME from issue 1 in its library, and as have been building a Class B1 been borrowing volumes and I have to say the content is today far more varied than it was then.
I agree with the critic who say that adverts should not be in an editorial and if so clearly marked in the header "ADVERT" this is normal practise and indicates that it is NOT an editorial reccomendation.
 
So David keep up the good work
 
Bob.
Lawrie Alush-Jaggs24/10/2011 11:16:06
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I subscribed a couple of years ago because I to wanted to get away from the time lag. I am now six weeks ahead of the news agent (Melbourne).
As to the gift, what we lose in the gift we make up for by not having to live in England.........(wait for it!)
 
Springbok24/10/2011 14:04:47
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Hi Lawrie what part of the world are you from you have nothing in your profile
Springbok24/10/2011 14:09:59
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Hi spotted the name melbourne at least NZ won the world cup.
Stub Mandrel25/10/2011 21:11:54
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High Springbok,
 
> Hi spotted the name melbourne at least NZ won the world cup.
 
But we also saw some of the best losing we Welsh have done for years. Shame our Kiwi coach was a bad sport... or at least thought about being one.
 
Neil
alan frost25/10/2011 23:27:04
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David , can I point out that if you give free gifts to all the colonials you may have to reduce the value of the free gifts we in the mother country receive.
Talking of the free gifts can we assume that this year a putter will be included with the set of clubs or if we chose the sports car , at least three months road tax. As you know I'm not one to cause trouble and complain, but please be aware some of us are pensioners and can ill-afford laying out for a new putter every year. Thank-you in anticipation.
Lawrie Alush-Jaggs26/10/2011 01:41:15
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Hi Springbok
 
I am in Melbourne, Australia, the best place here. Not at all like all of the other best places in the world.
I have updated my profile, thanks for your suggestion.
 
As to sport................. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 

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