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Joanna

Shopping in Bali

by Joanna »

Yes, you can ship your purchases but shipping less than a full container can be more expensive than it may be worth.

I do have some experience shipping a piece of furniture from India and as it was shipped by air with FedEx I think the experience might also be useful in this case.  It turned out that shipping by air was less expensive than it would have been for 1 piece by ship.  Plus, it was delivered to my door rather than to the port in Los Angeles.  The item cost $400 and the cost of shipping was $600 which was what I was willing to pay, no more.  So it was worthwhile for me, having looked around for something comparable before I left home.  I suggest you have a maximum amount in mind, including shipping, so you know when the time comes if it's what you want to do.

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LucyL

RE: Shopping in Bali

by LucyL »

Oh my goodness! I didn't realize shipping would be that pricey! I guess I'll be sticking with small items. Thanks so much for your advice, this has been really helpful.

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Joanna

RE: Shopping in Bali

by Joanna »

Lucy, I have gotten some interesting small items in Ubud and mailed them home from the local post office.  There's a lovely man in back who packs your things and then you mail them inside.  It took a couple of months for the boxes to arrive but everything got there intact and much less expensively.  Ask for "surface mail" or "by ship".

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LucyL

RE: Shopping in Bali

by LucyL »

I've seen some really beautiful furniture and sculpture from Bali here in the US and would love to buy some on an upcoming trip. First off, does anyone have any recommendations as to which towns one should go to to buy? I hear there are artisans who will sell to you directly? Also, can they ship things back from Bali, or will I have to carry whatever I purchase on the plane (something that might be impossible with furniture). Thanks for any advice.

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LucyL

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by LucyL »

Good to know! Thanks Joanna

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peter knight

RE: Shopping in Bali

by peter knight »

There are indeed some great furnitures in Bali, specially the bamboo ones. One word of caution. Bali is very humid. So if you were to bring unseasined wood furniture and plopped them in Arizona, Nevada, Souther california chances are that the wood will split. So make sure you get seasoned wood firnture. Also, you can get them shipped. You don't have to get a full container. Good shipping agents will consolidate your furniture with other shipments to the US. So it won't be very expensive.

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BALIJEEP

RE: Shopping in Bali

by BALIJEEP »

Hi Lucy, there is no problem with logistics /transportation of exports.. there are plenty of good places to buy like Ubud / Giannyer and even Kerobokan

 

In Response to Shopping in Bali:[QUOTE]

I've seen some really beautiful furniture and sculpture from Bali here in the US and would love to buy some on an upcoming trip. First off, does anyone have any recommendations as to which towns one should go to to buy? I hear there are artisans who will sell to you directly? Also, can they ship things back from Bali, or will I have to carry whatever I purchase on the plane (something that might be impossible with furniture). Thanks for any advice.


Posted by LucyL[/QUOTE]

 

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drobert360

RE: Shopping in Bali

by drobert360 »

The village of Mas is known for their wood carving (sculpture) see: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294226-d379130-Reviews-Mas_Carving_Center-Bali.html Over my 8 trips to Bali I purchased several pieces that are unique and well crafted. My favorite piece did gain a humidity split as noted above but others have survived without damage (I live near the ocean in So. California, so low humidity is less a problem).  Much of the furniture you see can be found near to Denpasar (the main highway from the airport rings a bell).  I suspect that much of the wood furniture actually is made in Java and shipped to Bali but the wood carvings in Mas appear to be locally crafted.

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LucyL

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by LucyL »

I wanted to come back and thank you for all your help. We ended up buying a whole bunch of stone sculptures and carrying them back on the plane with us (we shipped some things from the post office--thanks Joanna--to make room in our luggage!). We've placed them in our garden and they just look terrific and are such a wonderful memento of our time in Bali. I must say: everythign you've heaed about it is true. It's spectacularly beautiful, the culture is fascinating and the people were incredibly kind.

I don't tend to go back and visit places twice--too many places in the world I want to see--but I may change that rule for Bali. 

Thanks again board users!!

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Joanna

RE: Shopping in Bali

by Joanna »

Lucy, thanks for coming back and telling us the rest of the story.  Wasn't the post office fun?

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