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Saturday, 10 November 2007
Shipping charges
I have made some changes to the shipping charges at bootsaustralia.com to remove an anomaly that had crept in when I recently amended my prices.  What it means to you is that shipping charges have now been REDUCED in many situations when more than one pair of boots is being bought.  Due to the complexities of the PayPal shopping cart that I use it is very hard (impossible in fact) to have a shipping fee system that is without any amomalies at all.  If you are buying and the shippping fee that the cart wants to charge seems wrong or unfair please email me at mick@bootsaustralia.com and I will have a look at your situation for you.

Posted by Mick at 12:46 AM EAST
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Saturday, 3 November 2007
Baxter Tuffy

I have just added the Baxter Tuffy range to my site ( CLICK HERE then scroll down).  The Tuffy is an excellent style which offers a huge range of sizes from child 6 to adult 13 (including half sizes) at bargain prices

They are ideal for all kinds of purposes, having smart but weather resistant oil kip leather and non-slip but shallow tread soles which make them ideal for horse riding or for general purpose indoor or outdoor use. 

The children's sized boots will make great Christmas presents for young riders and others -  with no laces to tie!


Posted by Mick at 4:02 AM EADT
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Friday, 2 November 2007
More US$ Price Changes

The Aussie Dollar is contunuing its relentless advance in value whilst the US $ continues to slide against almost everything.  There was a time when a US Dollar earnt me about AU$2 but now it is about $1.04 after bank charges etc and much of this movement has been in the past few months.

There are all kinds of reasons for these trends which seem likely to continue for a while at least.  

The result for me is that my sales in US$ are netting me fewer and fewer Aussie $ every day and unfortunately my suppliers (and my local supermarket) will only accept the Aussie variety when I pay my bills.

 So I am reluctantly forced again to raise my US$ prices on my website to avoid going backwards.

My prices are still significantly better than on most international sites and I offer a personal service that none of the 'big boys' can even dream of!

 I have, however, found one US based site that is pretty competetive on price for the basic Blundstone styles and I encourage you to check their prices out, especially if you live in one of the 48 states of the Continental USA to which they offer free shipping (AK and HI residents have to pay extra and they won't ship to any other countries*).  See below.

   
 
Continental USA
Attention: Residents of Continental USA*
Would you like to buy boots from a US based seller if you could find one with reasonable prices?

CLICK HERE to check a great seller who has somehow managed to get their prices (including shipping) down REALLY LOW. Theiy don't carry the same range as me but they do have some VERY GOOD DEALS*!

My commitment is always to find you great deals wherever they may be and whilst I love selling to you I'm always happy to give my visitors good advice. CLICK HERE

*Note: They charge extra for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii and will not ship to Canada or other countries.  See http://aussaver.tripod.com/id9.html for some links to companies who can help with shipping from this seller to all locations.
 

 

   

My aim is to get you a good deal - not sell to you at any price and it's horses for courses so check them out.

*By the way, there is a great new service that will allow residents of India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia to buy from websites like the one above that will only deliver to US addresses - eventually this great service (or similar ones) may be available to those of you from other parts of the world.  It is simple, clever and cheap and comes from a very reputable company.  Check out https://www.vpostasia.com/ 

 



Posted by Mick at 1:27 AM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 3 September 2009 4:10 AM EADT
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Monday, 22 October 2007
Blundstone 331 & 335 Steelcap boots
STOP PRESS:  Due to production problems the Blundstone 331 and 335 styles will be unavailable until at least early 2008.  I recommend as alternatives the Blundstone 172Redback Bobcat, Rossi 700 or SteelBlue Hobart .

Posted by Mick at 2:40 PM EADT
Updated: Friday, 2 November 2007 1:30 AM EADT
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Sunday, 14 October 2007
News and More
PRICES:

International currency rates have been all over the place in the last few months but the general trend is that the Aussie Dollar is gaining ground on the US $ and with little sign of slowing down.  This is making it VERY hard to keep my US $ prices as low as I (or you if that's what you have in your pocket) would like. 

A few price rises have been necessary and I won't promise there won't be any more but I'll do my best.  If you want to save I would not wait, if I were you!  The links I have provided to US based sellers are well worth checking out as my advantage over them is not as great as I would like!

 

BLUNDSTONES:

Blundstones have made their move to produce all their leather boots offshore in India and Thailand.  There are still some Aussie made boots in stock but as they go they are replaced with the new imports. 

The good news is that this will help a little to stabilise prices and also VERY IMPORTANTLY  there is NO drop in quality.  The original lasts and machines from Australia have been moved to the new plants and quality control is very high.  Blundstones know as well as anyone that any drop in quality with the move will be commercial suicide so they are being very careful. 

So far, the imports are totally indistinguishable from the Aussie products. Only time will tell if they can keep this up but I am sure they will as their whole future is riding on doing so.  

Don't forget, though, Blundstones aren't the old brand I sell so if you want to buy Australian made products I still have them!

 

CHRISTMAS:


Please don't leave it too late for your Christmas and New Year orders.  Production levels struggle to keep up at this time of year and Blundstones are already a bit behind due to their production move. 

With the best will in the world, I always have great trouble processing and filling orders as the rush approaches.  Shipping slows down as all the planes fill up with freight and mail and the mail deliverers start to wilt under the pressure.  Aussie boot factories traditionally close for maintenance over the Christmas break so what I can't get by mid December I often can't get until February so, sadly, every year I have a few disapponted customers whose plans to fill their loved ones' Christmas stockings with a new pair of boots don't work out as hoped.

Please do yourself a favour and get those orders in as early as you can and try to be a little flexible (and patient - I do my best!) - if I can't get the exact style you want try to have a plan B in the wings for an alternative style or brand.

 

SHOE JUNCTION:

I have recently launched a new site which I hope will, one day, be seen as a valuable resource to the online footwear buying community.  It is called Shoe Junction (www.shoejunction.com) and my intention is for it to be a 'one stop' resource for anyone wanting to learn about buying footwear online and find links to the information they need.  Go visit and, if you like the concept, keep coming back - what you see now is only the first phase - I have plans to add much more.  Tell your friends if its usefull - tell ME if it isn't.


Posted by Mick at 3:53 AM EADT
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Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Shipping Charge & Price Changes

Over recent months the exchange rate between Australian and US Dollars has been steadily moving (the wrong way from my position!) and I have been receiving less and less cash in my bank for US $ sales. 

I have absorbed these losses for as long as I can in the hope that the trend would reverse itself.  However, to my surprise (and that of almost all the 'experts') this hasn't happened and the Aussie Dollar is now at its highest level against the Greenback for many years and is stubbornly hanging on there.

So, I have been forced to make some price adjustments on my website to ensure that I can still continue to serve all my clients - many who have been buying from me for years.

I have kept as many prices as I can steady but there are a few rises.  I  have also adjusted the shipping fees for larger orders as my previous 'flat fee' shipping was becoming unviable due to the combination of recent postage rises and the currency rate changes. 

My rates are still bargains compared with almost anywhere else you might look though and I hope to be serving all my loyal customers for a long time yet!

Mick


Posted by Mick at 4:12 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2007 4:13 AM EADT
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Sunday, 18 March 2007
Buy Blundstones in America!!

This may seem strange coming from me but, between changes in currency exchange rates over the last few years and the relentless effect of competition from me and others in Australia, finally at least one US based seller of Blundstones has got the message and started to reduce their prices to near reasonable levels!!

They still don't match my prices and they have a smaller range of styles available but I know some customers, particularly newbies to internet shopping, feel more comfortable buying from a seller in their own country.  (There's no need to be cautious but I can understand the thought process).

Anyway, I like to look after my readers and, if you don't feel comfortable buying from me in Australia, I would at least like to point you towards some sensible prices. 

They are not so cheap if you live in Hawaii or Alaska as they add extra shipping and they won't send to Canada or any other countries so don't bother asking! 

They don't sell Redbacks, Rossis, SteelBlues or Baxters either but you can't have everything.

Where can you find them?  CLICK HERE and check them out.

HOT NEWS!  If you are quick there is another North American (Canadian based) seller with some great short term specials on Blundstones - CLICK HERE -  and go to Clearance Items to save a bundle before the Special Clearance Sale ends.

 


Posted by Mick at 3:25 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 19 March 2007 4:40 AM EADT
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Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Redback News
The popularity of Redbacks is increasing by leaps and bounds (no surprise to those 'in the know') and the move towards offshore production by Blundstones can do Redbacks no harm at all - unless any increase in demand comes at the cost of reliability of supply (supply has been a bit slower than usual this year so far - hopefully a temporary situation as they catch up from their traditional Christmas/New Year shutdown).

Redbacks do use some imported items though - most of their leather comes from New Zealand where the cattle grow strong and healthy in that country's famous lush pastureland.

Redbacks are giving customers some challenges though. Due, it seems, to pressure from their US distributor they have advised their Australian distributors that they will no longer be able to obtain supplies of the popular black USBBK Safety Bobcat style which has been a big hit with, amongst others, fire fighters (worldwide) as a versatile Station Boot.

All supplies of this style will, in future, go to the USA where they will be sold for higher prices than those I and others have been offering. Aussie customers and others round the world who order from me will just have to miss out on this excellent boot!

So - what to do if you want some?

First, get in quick as I can still supply most sizes but once the current stock go that will be it.

Second, consider if the steel toe cap is really necessary as the regular UBBK Bobcat is not only still available but cheaper.

Third, ask yourself if your boot really HAS to be black as the claret (very dark brown) USBOK is in plentiful supply and looks very similar to the black USBBK in many cases - and apart from the color is identical.

Fourth, have a look at the lower cost USBBL Safety Bobcat - this is also black and structurally the same as the USBBK. The difference is in the type of leather used - it is a polished black (unlike the USBBK which is semi-matt when new and requires some effort to get a shine up) but with a dimpled 'pebbled' surface (sometimes called rambler) on the leather. The leather is very tough but, to be honest, not quite as high quality - hence the bargain price.

BUT, if none of those do it for you and you want a top quality steel toe capped (complying with US standards as well as Aussie ones), comfortable, black pull on boot then I have just the thing - the STEELBLUE HOBART (see my main www.bootsaustralia.com site). It costs a bit more than the Redback but it is money well spent as the quality is superb - and still works out cheaper than buying the USBBK from an 'official' US source.

SteelBlue's even come with an official manufactuer's COMFORT GUARANTEE so if you don't find them comfortable - send them back (some conditions do apply but they are very fair).

Guess what - no one has sent me a pair back yet!

Posted by Mick at 5:33 PM EAST
Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007 3:56 AM EADT
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Big Changes at Blundstones
For those who haven't heard the news - Blundstones are making some big changes to their operations during 2007.

A large part of their manufacturing effort will be placed offshore in Thailand and India in order to take advantage of lower production costs in those countries. Some styles will still be made in Australia though. See http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,21069849-921,00.html for more of the story.

What does this mean for the loyal Blundstone buyers round the world? I guess time will tell. Blundstones, for some years, been importing some of their parts (such as steel toe caps) and some leathers and Blundstone management maintain that the move will not only allow them to remain cost competetive but also enable them to improve on the features of their boots at lower cost whilst maintaining the quality of their products.

Blundstones sales (which easily top a million pairs a year) have struggled domestically and internationally with cheaper imported boots.

However, people in the industry who have been dealing with the company for years have long bemoaned the lack of efficiency and slowness of supply they often encounter - often resulting in lost sales and switches of brand loyalty to competitors.

The industry perception is largely that this has often been due to the company producing more styles than they could comfortably manage with many 'small run' niche styles getting in the way of efficient mass production of the better selling lines in their Hobart, Tasmania, Aussie factory. An earlier culling of some of these styles and a better understanding of the opportunities presented by the iconic nature of their brand (and sheer brilliance of their traditional product compared to most of the competition) would maybe at least delayed the current draconian move.

Will the consumers care? Who can tell - in today's Global Village economy it will probably be no surprise that your 'Aussie' boots are made in India - after all, the 'Ugg Australia' brand has made a fortune for their US owners since they moved production to China but sold hard on the Aussie image (you can't actually buy Ugg Australia products in Australia - let's hope Blunnies don't ever go the same way)!

Which lines will be lost in the move offshore is yet to be confirmed but one thing is for sure - if you want to be sure of a genuine Aussie made Blundstone boot you'd better get your orders in soon!

Posted by Mick at 4:49 PM EAST
Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007 3:57 AM EADT
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Tuesday, 6 February 2007
Welcome - The Start

G'day!

To those of you who have found your way here from my website - welcome! 

To those of you 'old' customers (nothing personal) who have been patiently waiting for Newsletters from me - my apologies for the l-o-n-g gaps between issues. I'll try to do better with my Blog.  Getting the Newsletters together was always a job that seemed too big until I actually started but I could always find an excuse not to start!  I am hoping the blog will be less of a challenge.

To ALL of you - please keep coming back - just click on the link on my www.bootsaustralia.com site or bookmark this page in your web browser. 

I actually suspect many of the email Newsletters that I did manage to send out went straight into spam filters never to be seen again or just got lost in the sea of junk email that we all seem to live with.

There are lots of very interesting changes going on in the Aussie boot scene that you will want to know about.

Come back here soon and learn about it all.  You'll kick yourself if you miss the news!

Mick


Posted by Mick at 3:59 AM EAST
Updated: Sunday, 14 October 2007 4:42 AM EADT
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