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Just because I live in the desert, doesn’t mean I can’t order from Amazon!
When I was living in Manila, ordering online was pure bliss. It always feels like receiving a gift from your past self! Getting something from the mail is actually the most satisfying thing ever, and if you’ve been waiting for what’s inside the package since forever, then that feels extra satisfying when it finally arrives.
I got paranoid!
I’ve always wanted to order something off Amazon, and I was able to test it this past week. Take note: this past week.
Of course, being my paranoid self, I contacted customer support before even placing my order. I needed to know and confirm that my package won’t go through the local post, because they’re not really convenient. I’ve ordered once on Bangood and it was delivered through the post but I never received it.
So they reassured me that they will be using a reputable courier and that they’ll make sure my stuff gets to me in perfect condition. I placed my order right away and hoped for the best!
Since there’s only a month left before 2018, I decided to purchase a new journal that I will be using as my 2018 BuJo. I’ve seen many positive reviews on the Leuchtturm1917 journals, so I thought I’d get one for myself. (I actually got two, ordered the other one from Amazon UK but that’s for another blog!)
I’ve also purchased some fountain pen piston converters because I got sick of my squeeze converter, and a bottle of Noodler’s Ink. A few people from the Fountain Pen Network PH suggested I try Noodler’s Inks, so I decided to try it out.
Here’s my haul and how much it cost me!
I made sure that all of the stuff that I ordered were labelled Fulfilled by Amazon, so I wouldn’t have to pay for extra charges. If you aren’t aware, there are stuff on Amazon that are fulfilled by individuals/shops that have their own warehouses in a different country, and they have different shipping and handling fee computations. They usually either charge higher for the fees, or charge nothing but takes ages to arrive.
The ones I ordered were sold by individuals but fulfilled by Amazon, which means the stuff are kept in Amazon’s warehouses, and will be consolidated in one package before they are shipped.
How Long it Took to Get to Me
Tbh, I expected my stuff would arrive the first week of December. That’s 3 weeks after I placed my order and that’s the date they indicated on the order details. But lo and behold, my stuff arrived in Saudi Arabia just 8 days later! I only spent like $13 for the shipping and handling, quite cheap considering it came all the way from the US and arrived in 8 days.
They shipped with Aramex (I love you, Aramex!), which has an awesome customer service and a very efficient app that I used to track my package. Check out the timeline below.
It was already out for delivery on the 21st, but due to the floods caused by the rainfall, they weren’t able to deliver which is understandable. So the next day I rang them and asked if they would be able to deliver that day and they said my package is already with the driver!
I waited a couple of hours, then the driver rang me and confirmed my location. He spoke in Arabic but fortunately, my papa was there to speak to him. He arrived a few minutes later with my package in a neat box and went on his way.
So glad they shipped without any hassle, and redeemed themselves from my first Aramex experience which wasn’t bad, just a little bit of a mishap.
My BuJo Haul!
I was so stoked opening the box, it felt like Christmas came early. I gave it a little shake before opening it, and there wasn’t any sound which meant my stuff inside were packed tightly and securely.
This is what it looked like when I opened the flaps of Amazon joy and bliss.
My Noodler’s Ink was packed well in a couple layers of bubble wrap, my Leuchtturm1917 under it neatly covered in plastic, and my piston converters on the lower left of the box just sitting there snugly.
I got the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted in Sand, and it looks soooo pretty. Even the ink I got looks lovely and my piston converters worked very well with it.
Here’s a closer look at my new Leuchtturm1917, which I’m naming Sandy!
I have another Leuchtturm on its way from Scotland, because I tried ordering off Amazon UK as well. It’s a Grey one, and I can’t wait for it to arrive!
I will definitely DEFINITELY order off Amazon again. I’ve been a very satisfied customer and I am so glad I was able to test it out. Otherwise I would have been forever wondering!
It wasn’t so bad at all, shipping and handling for only $13?? Arriving in a week?? Elementary, my dear Watson!
Next week, I’m expecting my Zebra Mildliners Sets and my new Tombow Fudenosuke brushes to arrive, which I ordered 2 days after I ordered this package on this blog.
Although I am very very happy with my ordering experience off Amazon from Saudi, I can’t say the same when ordering from the Philippines. Be cautious! I heard it still goes through the customs and you might pay an amount before you can claim your package. So if you’re from Manila reading this blog, you can use LBC Shipping Cart if you plan on ordering off Amazon and want your stuff to arrive straight to your door.
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