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todsky
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I second H&R. And I second Joyalstack (good used book selection, as well as new).
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Goku
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Does anyone know which store has the cheapest international shipping?
KLG
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I think Magic Depot (www.magic.org) offers free international shipping with any order over $40, but I haven't purchased anything from them yet.

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On 2007-03-10 20:33, Goku wrote:
Does anyone know which store has the cheapest international shipping?
magicstudent
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On 2007-03-10 20:33, Goku wrote:
Does anyone know which store has the cheapest international shipping?


From my experience http://www.themagicwarehouse.com has the cheapest Intl. shipping and you can check the shipping cost before checkout. I live in Asia BTW.

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Goku
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Thanks for the information magicstudent, I'll check out http://www.themagicwarehouse.com
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I can't say more than enough about H & R Magic Books (www.magicbookshop.com). They have a real time inventory and have impeccable customer service. They are also one of the only places I allow to carry my product line - if you know me, you know how picky I am about that sort of thing.

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On 2007-03-11 21:45, KLG wrote:
I think Magic Depot (www.magic.org) offers free international shipping with any order over $40, but I haven't purchased anything from them yet.

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On 2007-03-10 20:33, Goku wrote:
Does anyone know which store has the cheapest international shipping?



Magic Depot does offer free shipping worldwide. But I can't find my country when I tried to purchase. Then I tried to contact them. I never got a reply.

I have tried Magic Warehouse and MJM Magic. Shipping was fast for both, and great service! I'm from Asia.
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On 2007-03-17 19:14, Verricobl wrote:

Magic Depot does offer free shipping worldwide. But I can't find my country when I tried to purchase. Then I tried to contact them. I never got a reply.


I remember reading why there are a few countries missing from the list in Magic Depot. Let me see if I can find it.

Ah, here it is.
http://www.magic.org/store/shipping.php

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Where We Ship: The Magic Depot has a global cast of customers, but we do not ship to every country. Some locations, like Nigeria, have record high credit card fraud. We do not ship to any location that has a 60% or higher fraud rate. We only ship to the locations listed on our “Create Account” page. If your country isn’t listed in the drop-down box, we cannot ship you any magic!
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The WORST internet store for me is http://www.HANKLEE.COM, If you live in the US or Canada you may try to order from them but if you live some where else I advise you NOT to order from that store. I have a bad experience with my 1st order, credit card is charged but the item is not fully delivered. I've heard they have a good service if you ordered by phone.

Jeff


I fully agree. I used Hank Lee once and will never again. My order arrived, but $50 US more expensive than on the invoice. Was told there was some additional charges that needed to be added later on. Yeah, thanks for letting me know guys! I don't know how some of these places manage to do any business.

My vote goes to elmagicshop.com, magicbookshop.com or daytonamagic.com. Or if you're in Australia, themagicstore.com.au

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this but don't forget about Ebay. If you can't find it anywhere else - you may find it there.
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Every shop makes a mistake now and then. There is a human factor involved. I'm very happy to deal with Hank Lee's. I order quite a bit and have had almost no problems with them over the past 19 years. Any time a little thing has gone wrong they've been quick to fix it.

I also have a lot of respect for Denny & Lee's.
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On 2007-03-21 18:33, doiron wrote:
Every shop makes a mistake now and then. There is a human factor involved. I'm very happy to deal with Hank Lee's.


You are one of the lucky Hanklee's customers. I fully agree that shop makes a mistake now and then, I also have experience when other shops made mistake with my order and I can easily contact them by email and clarify it.
My experience with Hanklee is different, Hanklee is very difficult to contact by email while if I contact them by phone from my country the cost can be higher than the order value.
When I ordered, Hanklee fully charged my CC for my order(incl. shipping cost) but they did not send the item, after more than 2 months trying to contact them, finally they reply asking information on my CC(???) I sent them my CC statement proofing that they already charged it. Then they send some of the item, but they CHARGED my CC again for the shipping cost that I have already paid(O my god... what a store), when I send an email asking for clarification, can you guess?? NO REPLY.... and it's been 6 months since I made my 1st (and last order) and they still owe me some money. I gave up....
TO ME HANKLEE IS THE WORST INTERNET STORE AND I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE SAME EXPERIENCE.

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On 2007-03-22 03:17, magicstudent wrote:

You are one of the lucky Hanklee's customers. I fully agree that shop makes a mistake now and then, I also have experience when other shops made mistake with my order and I can easily contact them by email and clarify it.
My experience with Hanklee is different, Hanklee is very difficult to contact by email while if I contact them by phone from my country the cost can be higher than the order value.
When I ordered, Hanklee fully charged my CC for my order(incl. shipping cost) but they did not send the item, after more than 2 months trying to contact them, finally they reply asking information on my CC(???) I sent them my CC statement proofing that they already charged it. Then they send some of the item, but they CHARGED my CC again for the shipping cost that I have already paid(O my god... what a store), when I send an email asking for clarification, can you guess?? NO REPLY.... and it's been 6 months since I made my 1st (and last order) and they still owe me some money. I gave up....
TO ME HANKLEE IS THE WORST INTERNET STORE AND I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE SAME EXPERIENCE.

Jeff


I can't agree more... I get nothing for 2 months but I am Charged. What a crap... Never come across a shop worst than that!

On the other hand, H&R and Magicbookbypost are awesome!! I am happy with their service and prompt reply. I am willing to paid premium for their service and that is what a online store shold be..
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I live in South Africa (the country that brought you the Heart Transplant, Thawte internet security, Nelson Mandela, Robert Harbin(from Zig-zag girl fame...), Charlize Theron, SAB-Miller and Banachek, and not merely a region of the continent Africa - as many Americans think).

I have never experienced any bad service from Hank Lee. I do almost all my magic shopping through them. And they have the best specials around.
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I do almost all my shopping at Hank Lee's and have never really had a significant problem. (Averaging about two orders a month for the last year or so.)

It's true that they don't seem to respond to emails, and their inventory system is not especially up-to-date, but they've always been reliable for me, and very friendly and helpful any time I've called about an issue.

Plus, their sales are quite good, and very frequent.
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On 2007-03-26 12:41, Rimbaud wrote:
It's true that they don't seem to respond to emails, and their inventory system is not especially up-to-date, but ...


If an internet store does not good in responding emails then you can not say it is a reliable internet store.... That can be a big problem for international customer with expensive intl phone call.
HANKLEE also charge your CC regardless the item is shipped or not, or for out-of-stock items, to me this is not a reliable internet store.

If you already satisfied with Hanklee, then you should continue shopping. But for new international customer, why take the risk by shopping to a store that has a lot of complaints? If you search in this forum you will find that Hanklee is the most store with complaints.

Jeff
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If you are in the US and don't mind media mail, I can ship books for free.
Just ask.
I usually lose money shipping books overseas due to their weight.
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Well - technically - although Hank Lee's is available for internet shopping, they actually have a store that real people can actually visit. I think you have to give some credit to businesses that invest in the old-fashioned, higher overhead way to do business.

Regardless, the only problem I've had with Hank's in almost two decades was one time when a package I ordered got lost in the mail. After waiting a reasonable amount of time I called them and they promptly sent another one to me.

I don't doubt some people have had less than perfect transactions with them - as I mentioned before that happens, but I can't reasonably complain about the service I've received.

I certainly can't say that about two other dealers I've done a fair amount of business with - but I won't name them.

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todsky
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Just for the record, here in Canada I've ordered from Hank Lee's a few times in the past, and never had a problem with them.
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As far as I am concerned, for in-print mentalism materials, this is the place:
http://www.marketplaceofthemind.com/

Great prices, good service, knowledgable help and good reviews of the items for sale.

Always ships cheap too.

/Bamba
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