Various foil balloons from 23p delivered @ Gearbest
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Voted hot Gooner! So hot! I am blown away!

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Edited by: "crazymonkey" 9th May 2017
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Voted hot Gooner! So hot! I am blown away!

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Edited by: "crazymonkey" 9th May 2017
I want an inflatable UFO fleet
Ordered a few bits and bobs, many thanks
Heat added op, ordered a Penguin and 2 Dolphins, Thanks
Are these just helium?
The 16 inch numbers won't float when filled with helium, the balloon itself is too heavy for such a small amount of helium
Babyflowers44

Are these just helium?



No that is what your full of.

These are balloons that also require helium if that is your preferred gas
How do they manage to post these?
Ordered lots..thank you for this post xx
crazymonkey

Voted hot Gooner! So hot! I am blown away!



​Not balloon away?

Boom.
crazymonkey

No that is what your full of.These are balloons that also require helium … No that is what your full of.These are balloons that also require helium if that is your preferred gas



​I know that's the gas, I was meaning do they have to be filled with that, or can they be blown up as per normal balloons by mouth!
muffboy

How do they manage to post these?


In an envelope, they are not inflated
muffboy

How do they manage to post these?


oO
be warned they deliver these scrunched up into a ball which kinda ruins them
Thanks OP
real bargain
Babyflowers44

I know that's the gas, I was meaning do they have to be filled with that, … I know that's the gas, I was meaning do they have to be filled with that, or can they be blown up as per normal balloons by mouth!


Of course they can, they're not discerning about what kind of gas you put in them.
Babyflowers44

I know that's the gas, I was meaning do they have to be filled with that, … I know that's the gas, I was meaning do they have to be filled with that, or can they be blown up as per normal balloons by mouth!


Probably can be inflated by mouth, but may not then "float" vertically
Rom

Of course they can, they're not discerning about what kind of gas you put … Of course they can, they're not discerning about what kind of gas you put in them.



Although if filled with 'air', these balloons will not float, if that's the effect you were going for; Helium will be required for them to float.
Thanks
Non of those posted would float if filed with helium. They are all too small. You inflate them by mouth through a straw pushed through the self sealing valve ( but don't expect them to float ).
Don't give them to small children as they are not CE tested and could have harmful levels of lead in the paint or other nasties.

Don't buy any cheap Chinese foil balloons expecting your local party shop or florist to blow them up for you. Any reputable store will not do it due to the lack of CE mark ( they are illegal to sell in Europe , but many people are selling them on Ebay / Amazon )
muffboy

How do they manage to post these?



I also wondered about this when starting to buy from Chinese sellers. It simply would not be possible for them to make a profit given the free shipping they offer for many items. It appears the relatively high internal postal charges in predominantly developed countries compensate, in a rather circuitous manner, for the low cost of shipments from 'developing' countries like China.

From a useful post in the Fortune magazine:

http://fortune.com/2015/03/11/united-nations-subsidy-chinese-shipping/


''A big part of the explanation is a United Nations body called the Universal Postal Union. The UPU helps coordinate rates and standards between nearly every national postal system, and has been a crucial piece of global infrastructure since its founding in 1874 (it was absorbed into the United Nations only in the 20th century). But critics argue that the system now amounts to a subsidy for international shipping from developing countries and net exporters.

Postal services within the UPU agree to carry one another’s international letters and small parcels from their point of arrival—say, a port—to their final destinations. They then compensate each other for this service at rates set by the UPU. These are known as terminal dues, and are amended at a UPU congress every four to five years.

The UPU system is extremely complex, with countries slotted into at least nine different categories, which are based on their level of development and effect the terminal dues rates they pay to each other. These rates are generally far below rates paid by domestic shippers. For example, as of 2012, the terminal dues on items from China to the U.S. were about one U.S. dollar per kilogram. This means that in many if not most cases, the U.S. Postal Service received less compensation for a China Post package moved from a Los Angeles port to its final destination inland, than it would have from someone in Los Angeles who sent an identical package within the United States.

In some cases, terminal dues are below, not just the domestic customer price, but the real underlying cost of shipping. Many developed countries, with higher postal costs in wages, services, or infrastructure, actually lose money on each piece of mail sent to them internationally. Norway Post has stated that its losses under the UPU must be compensated for by higher costs elsewhere in its postal system—meaning that Norwegians sending mail to one another, or out of the country, are subsidizing the price of shipping into Norway from abroad.''

IN OTHER WORDS, POSTAGE WITHIN THE UK IS SO EXPENSIVE BECAUSE WITH EVERY LETTER AND PARCEL WE SEND, WE SUBSIDISE CHINESE SUPPLIERS AND NOT ONLY HELP THEM GROW THEIR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, BUT ALSO DUMP STOCK IN THE UK AND DRIVE OUR DOMESTIC SUPPLIERS TO THE GROUND!!

Rant over.




Edited by: "hcc27" 10th May 2017
hcc27

I also wondered about this when starting to buy from Chinese sellers. It … I also wondered about this when starting to buy from Chinese sellers. It simply would not be possible for them to make a profit given the free shipping they offer for many items. It appears the relatively high internal postal charges in predominantly developed countries compensate, in a rather circuitous manner, for the low cost of shipments from 'developing' countries like China. From a useful post in the Fortune magazine:http://fortune.com/2015/03/11/united-nations-subsidy-chinese-shipping/''A big part of the explanation is a United Nations body called the Universal Postal Union. The UPU helps coordinate rates and standards between nearly every national postal system, and has been a crucial piece of global infrastructure since its founding in 1874 (it was absorbed into the United Nations only in the 20th century). But critics argue that the system now amounts to a subsidy for international shipping from developing countries and net exporters. Postal services within the UPU agree to carry one another’s international letters and small parcels from their point of arrival—say, a port—to their final destinations. They then compensate each other for this service at rates set by the UPU. These are known as terminal dues, and are amended at a UPU congress every four to five years.The UPU system is extremely complex, with countries slotted into at least nine different categories, which are based on their level of development and effect the terminal dues rates they pay to each other. These rates are generally far below rates paid by domestic shippers. For example, as of 2012, the terminal dues on items from China to the U.S. were about one U.S. dollar per kilogram. This means that in many if not most cases, the U.S. Postal Service received less compensation for a China Post package moved from a Los Angeles port to its final destination inland, than it would have from someone in Los Angeles who sent an identical package within the United States. In some cases, terminal dues are below, not just the domestic customer price, but the real underlying cost of shipping. Many developed countries, with higher postal costs in wages, services, or infrastructure, actually lose money on each piece of mail sent to them internationally. Norway Post has stated that its losses under the UPU must be compensated for by higher costs elsewhere in its postal system—meaning that Norwegians sending mail to one another, or out of the country, are subsidizing the price of shipping into Norway from abroad.''IN OTHER WORDS, POSTAGE WITHIN THE UK IS SO EXPENSIVE BECAUSE WITH EVERY LETTER AND PARCEL WE SEND, WE SUBSIDISE CHINESE SUPPLIERS AND NOT ONLY HELP THEM GROW THEIR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, BUT ALSO DUMP STOCK IN THE UK AND DRIVE OUR DOMESTIC SUPPLIERS TO THE GROUND!!Rant over.


Thanks HCC, it's amazing what we learn on HUKD! Intelligent comments like this add depth and interest to the posts. Many thanks
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