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    Default NORTON 5X Contour Sanding Pads

    Hi all,
    I've recently purchased a sampler pack of the above product from Lee Valley Tools in Canada.
    There 18 assorted grit sizes in the pack and they were around $20.
    To my horror they cost just over $50AUS to send them (and still coming)!
    I approached Mr Sandpaperman to see if he would stock them but did not even get the courtesy of a reply...
    Do any of you people out there know of any stockists of the product in Australia ?
    At this stage I have been unable to find any...

    Ross McCarthy
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    The problem is with the way postal charges are calculated - there is a minimum charge regardless, then there are additions based on weight or volume - so something that is very light but bulky can be horrendously expensive to ship by post, and Lee Valley (or any of the US stores) have no control over this. I can usually get around $500 of tools and hardware from Lee Valley for round the $US80-120 mark, depending on wether I have ordered a few pounds of cut nails & decorative hinges or a large plane to go with the rest of the small items I can't get in Oz.

    I'd suggest using their 'wish list' feature to run up a shopping list over a few days, then when you have a few hundred dollars worth of shinies in the cart make the order. If you have a more limited budget see if a few mates want some items then work out a pre-rata on the shipping. Even SWMBO might find some garden or kitchen goodies that are either unavailable here or are ridiculously expensive even after shipping costs are added

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    Default Norton 5X Contour sanding Pads

    Thanks bsrlee for taking the time to respond to my post.
    My comments on the postage costs from the USA and Canada were only a general observation...
    My real question was "Where, in Australia, can I get the aforesaid sanding pads"?
    That's the real issue !

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    Default Norton 5X Contour Sanding Pads

    Gosh - thanks for the overwhelming response - I can hardly keep up with the replies !
    R. McCarthy
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    Ring Saint-Gobain Abrasives Pty Ltd on 1300 007 650 and ask them, they make the stuff after all!

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    Default NORTON 5X Contour Sanding Pads

    Thanks Heavensabove for the response - will check that website out...
    By the by I received the sampler pack from Lee Valley this morning - bit pricey with postage but good gear nonetheless...
    R. McCarthy
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