Friday, 28 February 2014

House renovation update | My honest review of using Shipporter to deliver light fittings from the UK.


The renovation of our terrace house in Sydney's Inner West is an ongoing process. The next project is to update the facade, thus I've spent a lot of time researching exterior lights. I want to be sympathetic to a design built in 1900, yet avoid going for anything too twee.

I did find the perfect light fitting here in Australia. It was $800. For one. My preference is to shop locally, but I need four fittings and my budget doesn't stretch that far. 

Luckily I discovered UK website Richard Hathaway Lighting, who happen to stock a fantastic range of heritage inspired light fittings. The shipping cost quoted by the site to Australia was a little high, which gave me the chance to test out Shipporter's international freight service. For those of you wondering how the service works, here is my honest review.
Firstly, let me address the issue of cost. The site I ordered my light fittings from has free shipping within the UK. When I added up the cost of the four light fittings, plus the international shipping charge quoted by Shipporter, the total cost was just under $AUD1,000. That is only $200 more than the cost of the one light fitting I found from an Australian supplier. So for me, it was a no brainer.

The way the service works is that you order online via the website of your choice, but put the delivery address as the local warehouse address given to you by Shipporter. Once the order reaches the Shipporter warehouse, you are sent a tracking link so you can see how far it is from arriving at your door.

The Shipporter service uses sea mail, which is how they can keep the delivery cost down. If you would like your item quickly, then this is not an option for you. I wasn't in a hurry, and was more than happy to wait to get the item I was after. For me, it took 7 weeks from order to delivery.

Overall I was really happy with the service. It was efficient, and they communicated with me during each stage of the process. I would certainly use Shipporter again for a big ticket item for the house. For more information on how the service  works, click here.

PS. You can follow more on our renovation over on Instagram. I'll be sure to post a pic of the light fittings when we finally get them in place.

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