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Old 11-30-15, 08:03 PM
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So I ordered the Ultegra Di2 groupset from merlin on friday morning. To my surprise, it arrive at my door today. (monday) Was not expecting that. Must have been my lucky day.
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Old 11-30-15, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by sirkoondog View Post
So I ordered the Ultegra Di2 groupset from merlin on friday morning. To my surprise, it arrive at my door today. (monday) Was not expecting that. Must have been my lucky day.
I had the same experience, and I'm on the west coast! They must have some deal made with customs? haha
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Old 12-01-15, 01:19 AM
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Small packages from Merlin arrives fast but if you buy a wheelset or a bike you may wait for 2-3 weeks.
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Old 12-01-15, 01:29 AM
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as an experiment, i once mailed a small package via USPS to myself. it took three days. then mailed the same package to myself via UPS (comparable cost). two days. i also tested my "billpay" service from my online retirement brokerage account. i sent a check to myself in the amount of a dollar. seven days.
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Old 12-01-15, 03:18 AM
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I ordered a groupset from them and had the same experience. Crazy. Wiggle was equally fast with a set of handlebars. I'd order from any of those UK sites before messing with Jenson even though I could feasibly drive to Jenson if I wanted to.
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Old 12-01-15, 07:17 PM
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I ordered a Fulcrum Racing 3 wheelset on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and received them on Monday night. From the UK, that's pretty impressive.
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Old 12-01-15, 07:24 PM
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Ordered my wheels on Friday and they should arrive tomorrow
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I thought ordering from Merlin had extra fees nowadays with them using UPS
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Old 12-02-15, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by RedVVing19 View Post
I thought ordering from Merlin had extra fees nowadays with them using UPS
I haven't received any duty fees (yet)
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Old 12-02-15, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by RedVVing19 View Post
I thought ordering from Merlin had extra fees nowadays with them using UPS
I ordered an Ultegra groupset from them, it arrived promptly by UPS and I was not charged any fees.

It's DHL who are notorious for slapping on fees, not UPS I believe.
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Old 12-02-15, 09:20 AM
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I have ordered from Ribble with no issues, but heard that merlin started getting duty fees. If thats not true I dont have to wait for Ribble to get groupsets in stock
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Old 12-14-15, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by RedVVing19 View Post
I have ordered from Ribble with no issues, but heard that merlin started getting duty fees. If thats not true I dont have to wait for Ribble to get groupsets in stock
So merlin took 4 days to get the groupset shipped to me (US), but tires and tubes from ribble have still not arrived. Its been about 2 weeks now. I am not worried yet, but its getting close. Also, have not gotten any duty fees from merlin
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Originally Posted by sirkoondog View Post
So merlin took 4 days to get the groupset shipped to me (US), but tires and tubes from ribble have still not arrived. Its been about 2 weeks now. I am not worried yet, but its getting close. Also, have not gotten any duty fees from merlin
I ordered a seatpost from Merlin on "Cyber Monday" (i.e. Nov 30th) and so far 2 weeks later it's not showed up yet, despite being mailed on Dec 1st according to them. My guess is that the mail is going slow due to the "holiday season". As the item I ordered was not urgent, I'm not too bothered. Ironically I will be in the UK next week though, so I probably should have just got them to send it to my Mum's house.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
I ordered a seatpost from Merlin on "Cyber Monday" (i.e. Nov 30th) and so far 2 weeks later it's not showed up yet, despite being mailed on Dec 1st according to them. My guess is that the mail is going slow due to the "holiday season". As the item I ordered was not urgent, I'm not too bothered. Ironically I will be in the UK next week though, so I probably should have just got them to send it to my Mum's house.
I would have to go back and check but I thought their email contained a way to track the package.
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Old 12-14-15, 12:45 PM
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I would have to go back and check but I thought their email contained a way to track the package.
Not on smaller stuff. They send it airmail with no tracking.
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Old 12-14-15, 01:51 PM
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they're pretty quick.. as is Wiggle and Chain reaction...

just ordered some new clinchers from Chain Reaction and they said it was going to be like a week and a half... they got here in 4 business days...
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Old 12-15-15, 06:40 AM
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I have had good results with Ribble on my orders there, some where in the unusually quick realm, as said about the Merlin shipping on that groupset. No duty has been charged on any of their orders, to date.

BTW, OP, nice choice on the groupset choice.

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they're pretty quick.. as is Wiggle and Chain reaction...

just ordered some new clinchers from Chain Reaction and they said it was going to be like a week and a half... they got here in 4 business days...
Chain Reaction has been consistently slow to Atlanta. 9 business days is typical. The last order took close to three weeks.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
I ordered a seatpost from Merlin on "Cyber Monday" (i.e. Nov 30th) and so far 2 weeks later it's not showed up yet, despite being mailed on Dec 1st according to them. My guess is that the mail is going slow due to the "holiday season". As the item I ordered was not urgent, I'm not too bothered. Ironically I will be in the UK next week though, so I probably should have just got them to send it to my Mum's house.
Two weeks after shipping it showed up!
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Originally Posted by sirkoondog View Post
So I ordered the Ultegra Di2 groupset from merlin on friday morning. To my surprise, it arrive at my door today. (monday) Was not expecting that. Must have been my lucky day.
Dura Ace would have been even faster because it's lighter...
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Dura Ace would have been even faster because it's lighter...
Yes, but with carbon content at high altitude during plane transport, you do risk assplosion occuring in transit.
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Just ordered a groupset from Ribble last week. Took 4 days and it was delivered by the mailman. Merlin has been just as quick in the past. No duty fee's from either one.
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Originally Posted by bobdenver1961 View Post
Just ordered a groupset from Ribble last week. Took 4 days and it was delivered by the mailman. Merlin has been just as quick in the past. No duty fee's from either one.


Not me my friend... not me. Was this because I chose to be cheap and not pay the $5 ground shipping? 11 days is a long wait...

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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
Dura Ace would have been even faster because it's lighter...
I already sold my left kidney for a new cervelo for the wife. Plus it was the perfect time to commemorate the new star wars movie. #R2Di2


The tires and tubes showed up last night. It took me a better part of 30 minutes to get the new tire onto the rim. I really suck at changing tires.
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Originally Posted by bobdenver1961 View Post
Just ordered a groupset from Ribble last week. Took 4 days and it was delivered by the mailman. Merlin has been just as quick in the past. No duty fee's from either one.
I think all of these super fast ordered on Friday arrived on Monday are for items over $200. If you order under $200 most places ship free via Royal Mail.

My wheels from Merlin have been over a week in shipping and not even arrived the U.S. as yet. It currently says

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[TD]Jan 13 2016[/TD]
[TD]06:07 AM[/TD]
[TD]Parcel sent to country of destination[/TD]
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But they are cheap!

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