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No Battery For You!

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Holoholo55, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    (Per Seinfeld's soup Nazi)

    I just found out that Olympus, Amazon, etc. will not ship lithium ion batteries to Hawaii (or Alaska or Puerto Rico)! New fed regs prohibit them from shipping them. So, we out here in the little tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific ocean are left with few choices. There are few camera shops left standing and those don't stock Olympus batteries like the BLN-1. Fortunately, I got a couple extra before the iron curtain shut, but what about anybody else? This things have suddenly become more valuable than top-grade sashimi tuna! WDF?

    Anybody want to be a battery courier? Hehehe...
     
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  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Might need to try some Asian sellers who are less scrupulous about shipping restrictions
     
  3. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    or you can use www.shipito.com where lithium batteries go via cargo aircraft rather than passenger ones. I use them all the time and they are 100% reliable, so far
     
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  4. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Thanks! Might make sense if I gather up some folks who need batteries and make a mass order.
     
  5. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

    977
    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    a reasonable one-off fee for signing up (edit: it seems to be free now) , a $2 per package processing fee, and then below market price shipping for items.
    My latest shipment for a lens cost me $6.05, to Australia! :2thumbs: (or $45 if I went with seller's offering on eBay)
     
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  6. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Wow that's cheap, pretty sure when I've used similar carriers before, they were significantly more information expensive
     
  7. MJL

    MJL Mu-43 Regular

    199
    Feb 24, 2016
    Katikati, New Zealand
    Marinus
    directcal on the oBoy website - they were a film developer who succesfully converted after the film downturn