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15% off Sitewide @ FastTech

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FASTTECH2021

Dear valued customers,

It's our birthday! To celebrate the 9th anniversary of FastTech, we`ll prepare a discount of 15% Site-wide and there are more surprises waiting for you!

————————- Anniversary Site-Wide Coupon ———————————

Offer: Site-wide 15% off

Valid Date: Jun 2, 2021 (UTC-6)

Coupon Code: FASTTECH2021

————————- Special notices ———————————

  • The offer is not to be used in conjunction with any other offers.
  • Offer valid: 6/2/2021 00:00am - 6/2/2021 23:59pm (UTC-6)
  • FastTech will not be liable to the consequences of the provision of any incorrect information by the customers or technical issues.
  • OVMS products are not included in this promotional offer.

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Comments

  • +1 vote

    Damn just put an order in last week :(

    • +1 vote

      What do people even buy from here? Looks like DX. Which I never found very useful.

      • +4 votes

        For me, I buy mostly vape stuff.

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          Last time I tried to buy a vaporizer, I couldn't use credit card or PayPal. It would only accept bitcoin. Dumb

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            @Cusack: Fasttech's forums have the explanation:
            https://www.fasttech.com/forums/vapers/t/3108454/why-cant-i-...

            Short version: Paypal and credit card companies have to comply with laws of the destination country. If vaping is illegal in your country, Paypal and the credit card companies will block payment.

          • +2 votes

            @Cusack: There's a way around this. Buy something else (non-vape related) on the site that costs around the same amount. Pay for it with your cc/Paypal, and then as soon as the order is placed, cancel it. You'll be given the option of receiving an instant gift certificate (credit). You can then use that store credit to pay for your vape gear. It has been discussed a lot in the forums and people have been doing it for a long time.

            • +1 vote

              @bonezAU: Sneaky sneaky. I like it!

            • +1 vote

              @bonezAU: Or you can buy Fasttech gift cards, which apparently Cashrewards will still give you 3% back on.

              If you do the "buy, then cancel" trick, you can't get cash back. From CR, "You won’t earn Cashback if an order is cancelled, changed or returned."

              The only problem is Fasttech gift cards only come in fixed amounts - 5,10,15,20,25,50,75,100 and 200 US dollars.

              You have to log in to see the gift card purchasing options. They are under "My Account" -> Orders -> "Buy Gift Certificates".

              • +1 vote

                @Russ: The 'buy gift certificates' option for many years wasn't available, then when they introduced it, it was only available for some people - the whole system was a bit weird. If they are now selling gc to everyone, then that's an even better idea.

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                  @bonezAU: I didn't know they weren't available to everyone in the past. Fasttech themselves suggested gift cards as a way to get around the PayPal vaping ban, in a forum post, and have also had some previous deals where they announced a double discount, using a coupon code and discounted gift cards as well. So gift cards must now be available to everyone.

      • +5 votes

        The founders of dx sold the company and started Fasttech. It makes sense.

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          Serious? Haha. Well there you go.

  • +2 votes

    9th Anniversary

    Probably still building computers from their 6th anniversary sale

    • +6 votes

      wrong company bud

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        Who am I thinking of then?

        • +12 votes

          techfast

          • +4 votes

            @Jazza2400: Dang. Then I would like to withdraw my statement your honour.

      • +2 votes

        To be honest I was thinking the same thing

        • +1 vote

          I appreciate your honesty

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    Is this a techfast sister site or no related at all?

    • +4 votes

      Unrelated AFAIK

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    Please add the date this is valid for in the title.

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    Given other websites less scrupulous behaviour, should we anticipate any price rises in the lead up to the 15% off anniversary sale (AKA "price jacking")?

    • +3 votes

      I've been buying stuff from them since 2016 and I've never known them to jack the prices during these sales.

    • +2 votes

      did someone say…. KFC?

      • +1 vote

        Love it how this isn't even a new account.

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    Well that is an eclectic line of SKUs

  • +3 votes

    I got excited when I saw this because I thought it said techfast.

  • +8 votes

    Other conditions that they don't mention, but you may discover:

    • Fasttech won't ship any kind of battery to Australia, nor anything containing a battery. So if something has a remote control with a battery, and the battery is included, forget it. Same story for anything with a built-in rechargeable battery.

    • Not everything has free shipping. If the webpage doesn't say "free shipping to Australia" under the price, it doesn't have free shipping. This affects mainly heavy things like 3D printers and soldering irons.

    • If an item says "ships next day", they have it in stock. For items that say "in stock" or "ships in 3 days" or "ships in 5 days", they order them in, and occasionally find they aren't available from their suppliers. Sometimes they will tell you within a day that the item is unavailable, other times they seem to wait for weeks before noticing their suppliers haven't supplied. Check on your order every few days, and send them a message if your item doesn't ship. They will offer a refund or store credit, and the handful of refunds I have received came next day (I always pay through PayPal). Sometimes they suggest an alternative part that they think they can get.

    • If you send them a message, they usually reply next day. Unless the item is "in stock" at a supplier, which means it takes a couple of days for Fasttech to ask the supplier, the supplier replying, and then for Fasttech to reply to you.

    • Of the dozens of things I've bought from them in the past few years, I can only recall one dud item - a set of vernier calipers that appeared to be made from the scrap parts from a vernier caliper factory. A few photos and maybe three or four emails later, they gave me a full refund. Note that as all purchases and refunds are actually in USD, so any refunds may be a little more or a little less (in AUD) than you paid, if the exchange rate has changed.

    • Fasttech don't charge GST.

    • Shipping speed is random between China and Australia, sometimes very slow. Today I received an Epacket from Fasttech that was sent on 7 April, so 40 days in transit. I also received a different item yesterday from Fasttech that shipped on 25 April, via free shipping, without insurance - 22 days in transit. So Epacket is not necessarily faster.

    • Not sure if it's still the case, but PayPal appears to have declared war on anything that mentions vaping. So if that's in your order and you attempt to pay via PayPal, Paypal will fail. Fasttech have mentioned this in the forums, there is a work-around, by purchasing a gift card via PayPal and using that to make the purchase. Don't know how this will affect refunds, if you use the work-around. I had this problem when I tried to buy some ceramic tweezers that mentioned vaping, in the end I chose ones that didn't mention vaping.

    • The one time I didn't receive an item that had shipped, I sent them a message, and they offered to refund me or re-send the item. By then I needed the item urgently, so asked for a refund, which came next day through PayPal.

    • When an item says "Genuine" or "Authentic" in the description, that's what the supplier has told Fasttech, and may not be true. The dud vernier calipers I mentioned above, that Fasttech refunded me for, said they were "Authentic tricle brand". As well as being unusable, they were a different brand. Pay no heed to "Genuine" or "Authentic" in the description.

    Despite all that, I still like Fasttech. I've found them to be both cheaper and more reliable than Ebay, and much more reliable than AliExpress.

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      Good write up. I haven't ordered for a while so I didn't know about the PayPal issue.

      I was also under the impression that genuine meant genuine. Handy to know that's not always the case. Although last time I bought a bulk bunch of vape coils they have been genuine as far as I can tell.

      I'll be wait for this sale to stock up again for sure

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        they have been genuine as far as I can tell.

        Quite possible they are. Fasttech seem to be like Amazon or Ebay, they provide a selling platform to many sellers, but they don't make it obvious that is their role. This is why you can often find exactly the same product at three or four different prices on Fasttech's website - same product, different sellers.

        Fasttech don't seem to know anything about the products they sell, and just depend on the honesty of the description supplied by their suppliers (which, as I have seen from Amazon and Ebay, can be quite variable).

        And just like Amazon and Ebay, it looks like some items are just being ordered from AliExpress/Alibaba and being re-addressed.

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      Great info for those unfamiliar.
      I also found out that Singapore Post is the quickest option to Perth, many times I've had packages delivered in 10-14 days (not business days, days days).
      They leave China > Singapore > Perth and then handed over to Auspost. I'm not sure if those shipping times are still the case, but Singpost used to be one of the free options, unfortunately it's not now but for me it was worth paying the extra $1-2 knowing I'd get it quickly.

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    Anyone got any experience ordering >5mw lasers through these guys? Long shot, I know… 😏

  • -1 vote

    Coupon code doesn't work

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      glasses doesn't work

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        what?