It has been very hard to get masks for people to get masks (mod: Removed unnecessary remark). I have a friend who started a factory in China to make masks and just got certified but she can only supply quantity greater than 2000 masks. Should I start a group buy deal to let everyone from ozbargain to have a go or this idea is stupid as it will be hard to organize at this time?
I got a small shipment for myself. I used tnt 2~3 business days service and it took them 7 business days to get her.
The standard is GB/T32610-2016 and I believe a higher surgical standard can be also obtained but my friends says the minimum quantity would be 20000 for that.
With my TNT shipment, I believe if you are ordering 200 or more, I can just arrange to post them directly to you from China with TNT.
Thanks to people's suggestion with PM, I would think the minimum quantity should be set to 100?
This is just an idea so people will get their masks at a fair price and wearing them to reduce the spread.
Update: 2020.3.31 The shipping cost has increased so much and it has become very hard to organize. I have replied to the PMs and the minimum quantity with be 200 with $1 each sent straight from China to your home via TNT or DHL or TOLL.
Thanks for the support from everyone and I'll try to do it in a better way if the first batch to though smoothly.
Update:2020.4.7 Just got TGA called back and created an account for me to submit the ARTG listing application form. The application and certification will cost $1020 each. For those who want to purchase large quantity or donate to the hospital, please PM am so we can decide whether to proceed with TGA or not.
The first 1000 masks were separated into 5 packages and 3 packages were paid for and sent out, these are now estimated to arrive this Friday but I suspect them may be delayed until early next week. There were two people booked for the masks and stopped replying hence I still have 2 of 200 masks package in my hand.