[PART 1] Official BLF GT Group Buy thread. Group buy officially closed! Lights shipping.

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JasonWW wrote:
I updated post 1 with this news.

A 4th shipment went out on the 19th.

Tracking notices are coming in for the 4th shipment saying it will ship on the 19/20th. This should be a mix of USA and international orders. Lights are expected on the 23rd, but some are already being delivered to Australia. FedEx and TNT are also being used. More news to come.

I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed?

It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs.

thanks.

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square74 wrote:

I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed?

It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs.

thanks.


They are not listed.
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JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:

I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed?

It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs.

thanks.


They are not listed.

Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me?
Thanks.

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square74 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:
I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed? It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs. thanks.
They are not listed.
Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me? Thanks.

in my case I got a sms from DHL (Hong Kong?) to pay 50 euro. I wonder what happened with the google doc I filled in with 22 dollar inclusive shipping. That’s not on the package I guess. I think there’s 25 dollar on the package, and DHL takes an extra amount for shipping. 

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square74 wrote:
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square74 wrote:

I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed?

It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs.

thanks.


They are not listed.

Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me?
Thanks.


Here is a post that relates.
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JasonWW wrote:
st33lboy wrote:
Many people need the Tracking Number because of a customs declaration. But unfortunately there is not much information. Wink
I’m sure Neal knows this, but I will pass it along to Texas_Ace who occasionally talks to Neal.

I have let Neal know about this several times.

Apparently it all kind of ties together. Neal had not got the latest batch (Jan 9th) of tracking numbers until several days after they had shipped (if at all, never got an update of if he got them). DHL shipping is so fast that they simply beat Neal by delivering the packages before he got the tracking numbers.

That is the last update I got about the shipping. Past they are making and trying to ship around 150-200 a week we know positively nothing about how, what order or where the packages are going. Only that they are indeed shipping.

Snip~

For those that must have a tracking number for customs, PM me directly and I will forward your names to Neal to put you at the top of the list for sending tracking numbers.

I would also suggest you make sure that your PayPal account is up to date and has your phone number listed.

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square74 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:
I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed? It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs. thanks.
They are not listed.
Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me? Thanks.

in my case I got a sms from DHL (Hong Kong?) to pay 50 euro. I wonder what happened with the google doc I filled in with 22 dollar inclusive shipping. That’s not on the package I guess. I think there’s 25 dollar on the package, and DHL takes an extra amount for shipping. 

50€??? Sounds very much…
Tax and DHL charge for Their service???

In Germany we have to pay DHL charge for their service (min. 12,50€) and on top 19% vat (value of goods + shipping).
So maybe aprox. (100€ ($111) + 12,50€) * 0,19 = 21,50€.

If shipping is not declared separate, DHL charges min. about 35€ shipping on top for shipping China to Germany.
So maybe aprox. (135€ + 12,5€) * 0,19 = 28,00€.

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JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:

I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed?

It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs.

thanks.


They are not listed.

Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me?
Thanks.


Here is a post that relates.
Texas_Ace wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
st33lboy wrote:
Many people need the Tracking Number because of a customs declaration. But unfortunately there is not much information. Wink
I’m sure Neal knows this, but I will pass it along to Texas_Ace who occasionally talks to Neal.

I have let Neal know about this several times.

Apparently it all kind of ties together. Neal had not got the latest batch (Jan 9th) of tracking numbers until several days after they had shipped (if at all, never got an update of if he got them). DHL shipping is so fast that they simply beat Neal by delivering the packages before he got the tracking numbers.

That is the last update I got about the shipping. Past they are making and trying to ship around 150-200 a week we know positively nothing about how, what order or where the packages are going. Only that they are indeed shipping.

Snip~

For those that must have a tracking number for customs, PM me directly and I will forward your names to Neal to put you at the top of the list for sending tracking numbers.

I would also suggest you make sure that your PayPal account is up to date and has your phone number listed.

Thanks a lot.

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square74 wrote:
Bozlight29 wrote:

square74 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
square74 wrote:
I´ve changed my shipping from registered to DHL. Where are tracking infos (Trackingnumbers) listed? It would be nice for me, to have trackingnumber before delivery, so I could contact customs. thanks.
They are not listed.
Should I ask Neal again, or will DHL inform me? Thanks.

in my case I got a sms from DHL (Hong Kong?) to pay 50 euro. I wonder what happened with the google doc I filled in with 22 dollar inclusive shipping. That’s not on the package I guess. I think there’s 25 dollar on the package, and DHL takes an extra amount for shipping. 

50€??? Sounds very much... Tax and DHL charge for Their service??? In Germany we have to pay DHL charge for their service (min. 12,50€) and on top 19% vat (value of goods + shipping). So maybe aprox. (100€ ($111) + 12,50€) * 0,19 = 21,50€. If shipping is not declared separate, DHL charges min. about 35€ shipping on top for shipping China to Germany. So maybe aprox. (135€ + 12,5€) * 0,19 = 28,00€.
Some German members paid 38 euro, I saw an invoice somewhere in this thread. But how they account 50 euro? €14,50 admin costs DHL, €3 vat over admin costs, €32 vat over GT and shipping.
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Some German members paid 38 euro, I saw an invoice somewhere in this thread. But how they account 50 euro? €14,50 admin costs DHL, €3 vat over admin costs, €32 vat over GT and shipping. 

Maybe they ordered batteries, too.

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Some German members paid 38 euro, I saw an invoice somewhere in this thread. But how they account 50 euro? No idea, there just robbers. 

Maybe they ordered batteries, too.

could be, I have batteries too

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in my case I got a sms from DHL (Hong Kong?) to pay 50 euro. I wonder what happened with the google doc I filled in with 22 dollar inclusive shipping. That’s not on the package I guess. I think there’s 25 dollar on the package, and DHL takes an extra amount for shipping. 

Last time in Germany, I could pay at my front-door at the parcel deliverer.

EDIT:
Just got a privat message.
Maybe Admin costs for DHL express are more expensive, about 28€.
so 50€ might be ok for flashlight with batteries and all charges an VAT.

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I_like_lamb wrote:

Hey, thanks for the update. I Chose DHL, Haven’t received my package, I hope its arriving soon!

I’m I the same boat too, can I ask approx. what date you paid?

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Sounds positive if some Aus lights are getting delivered. My order was DHL with batteries, paid on 2nd December. Crossing my fingers!

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LSX wrote:
Sounds positive if some Aus lights are getting delivered. My order was DHL with batteries, paid on 2nd December. Crossing my fingers!

Wow, i would expect yours would be delivered soon.

I paid quite late. around the 28th of December, no batteries, DHL x 2. So I guess there is a possibility I’ll be waiting till the next shipment….. really hope not tho.

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DoNkEyConN wrote:
LSX wrote:
Sounds positive if some Aus lights are getting delivered. My order was DHL with batteries, paid on 2nd December. Crossing my fingers!

Wow, i would expect yours would be delivered soon.

I paid quite late. around the 28th of December, no batteries, DHL x 2. So I guess there is a possibility I’ll be waiting till the next shipment….. really hope not tho.


I paid also on the 1st of December with batteries still nothing received….
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I only got my PM to pay on the 2nd December. I paid about an hour after the PM and thought I’d be front of the list. Didnt know more had gone out prior. I feel less special now.

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I got mine today, Brisbane (Aus)
It was actually delivered by TNT as well.

And when I say delivered, I mean they left a slip in my mailbox saying they “tried to deliver it” yet I was home all day within a few meters of the front door….so I had to go collect from a depot Angry

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So how many people on the 555 list have the flashlight been delivered?
That’s something what I want to know. Because For me It’s already 7 weeks ago I am now in week 8 that’s 2 months Tired

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Manimok wrote:
So how many people on the 555 list have the flashlight been delivered?
That’s something what I want to know. Because For me It’s already 7 weeks ago I am now in week 8 that’s 2 months Tired

Like I said before, there is no 555 list as far as shipping is concerned. All 850 orders are mixed together. Since we don’t have statistics, I will guess that “most” of the early payers have their lights. Anyone that ordered with registered shipping was not part of the first 3 shipments. So obviously they don’t have their light yet.

There were around 170 people on Neal’s #1 to #555 paid shipping list that ordered with registered mail (according to another member, I didn’t actually count them), but some of them switched to DHL so the real number is unknown.

So right now it looks like those with registered shipping and those that paid “later” are still waiting. Plus there are still a couple early payers who chose DHL and still don’t have their lights. So it’s got a random quality about it as well. Ughh Facepalm Sick

Ps, for some folks it might be 12 to 13 weeks.

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I don’t know if the manufacturer is to blame, it seems Neal is acting as middle man between team and manufacturer, and by the looks of it is shipping if i understand correctly between 100 and 200 lights a week due to reflector availability constraints witch is not (shipping so much or should we say little lights in a week) by any mean a full time job.

Still Neal who apparently speaks very decent english and has a BLF account is still hiding behind TA and team, creates a communication mess and doesn’t make the effort to adress the situation clearly and directly, a past message also insinuated that he took a cut of the sells (don’t know if it’s true) wich would give him even more accountability, my only disappointment in this is Neal not owning to his responsibilities and acting a bit shady.

Maybe i’m reading the situation wrong…

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Guys that haven’t gotten their lights, please try relax, South Africa is a small country with a low GPD and few orders and I got mine. The wait is worth it when you’re holding this massive light! The GT team have done their level best to be fair and efficient throughout this GB, my first GB of any kind. I am an impatient person sometimes myself, but please realize that the GT team basically did all of this R&D and organisation for us as a charitable donation to our cumulative addiction to flashlights. Please be appreciative of each and every one of their amazing effort in delivering a light to you for LESS than 50% of the cost it will be when it goes on retail sale in “the real world”. The Express delivery would have cost more than I paid for my light.
I’m massively impressed!

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DoNkEyConN wrote:
I_like_lamb wrote:

Hey, thanks for the update. I Chose DHL, Haven’t received my package, I hope its arriving soon!

I’m I the same boat too, can I ask approx. what date you paid?

I paid within 24 hours of the payment for the groupbuy starting. I forgot which date.

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“Sigh” Tired

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“Sigh” Tired

Neal will get it taken care of, contact him about this.

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Just received my blf gt, no shipping notification, delivered by TNT

Terry

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terry b wrote:
Just received my blf gt, no shipping notification, delivered by TNT

Good chrisc will be hapy to hear this

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Just received my blf gt, no shipping notification, delivered by TNT

Good chrisc will be hapy to hear this

I read this thinking of a sarcastic reply but yeah, I am actually happy someone in the UK has one.

My wife hasn’t told me a big box has arrived so I can only assume mine hasn’t arrived yet.

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teacher wrote:
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I’m guessing TNT is a local delivery service?
No… TNT is global.

Think FedEx bought over TNT worldwide. Maybe shipped by FedEx but delivered by TNT.

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Didn’t mean sarcasm, really thought that any delivered to Europe is good to hear.

Still no news for mine Tired

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Didn’t mean sarcasm, really thought that any delivered to Europe is good to hear.

Still no news for mine Tired

Oh no, I knew you wasn’t being sarcastic I meant I was thinking of some sarcastic or whitty reply

“dont assume you know what I think” or “I’m not happy that they have it because I dont have mine” etc etc.”

I’m trying to distract myself from a rubbish day at work but it’s not working.

At least they are landing so hopefully a few more will start appearing in a few days.

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