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    Smuggle mum/dad?

    Hey guys,

    I am from Australia and it can be sooooo hard to buy a lot of things, not just for piggies, for everything! A term that I have heard used quite a lot around here is "Smuggle Mum" and that basically means someone in the U.S (or wherever the item may be available) goes and buys something for you and ships it to Australia (payment upfront).

    On that note, I have been trying and trying to find something similar to uhaul pads to make my own fleece flippers or liners and I have had no luck.

    Would anyone be willing to provide me with cost info etc. on buying uhaul pads and shipping to Aus?? And is there anyone that would be willing to do something like this for me?

    The only way I can get anything like this is to buy pre-made liners with fleece and uhaul padding from Etsy (upwards of $150 not inc. shipping) but I'd really love to customise and make them myself.

    Thanks in advance for any information x


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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    We would NOT recommend that anyone do that for you. But PM the users Soecara and Aertyn and ask them where to find something to use for fleece flippers. There are other users from Australia on here also, but right now I can't remember any others.

    You can use any absorbent material. A mattress pad works very well.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Thank you for your recommendations

    Out of curiosity, why is it not recommended? I know there's a risk that money could be paid to someone and they won't follow through but I've always used PayPals buyer protection when I've done this previously.

    By no means am I trying to be rude or anything, just curious


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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Teresa would have to weigh in on whether we'd allow it, but I'm guessing the downside would be more than the upside for her. There's no guarantee that you'd be happy with what you got, and it wouldn't be a returnable product.

    It's not as if there aren't many materials that could be used that would be just as effective as uhaul padding, and without the shipping costs.

    When I used fleece and bedding, I used mattress pads that I got at a resale shop. They worked very well, at only a fraction of the cost of the u-haul pads even her in this country, no shipping required.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    We would NOT recommend that anyone do that for you.
    Why not?? We're not talking about smuggling anything into Australia. International shipping (by FedEx) requires that the contents of the package be listed on the invoice, along with the declared value. The recipient than pays customs duties, if any. It's that simple.

    Oz is a big country and I have no idea if any of you live near each other? Wouldn't it be a fine idea to PM other Aussies and see if any of you can combine forces for a single recipient if someone is willing to do the work here in the US? You would have to determine just how many uHaul pads you want before the total cost (including shipping) to you could be determined.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    I'd go into it knowing the risks of course. It just seems that while there may be comparable products here in Australia, they seem to have more cons than the trusted uhaul pads.

    From everything I've read on this forum and others, uhaul pads are far more long lasting. Yes, the cost to start would be more expensive than just buying puppy, incontinence or mattress pads but the ongoing cost for those products turn me off them.

    Everyone seems to have had such great success with the uhaul pads and if I'm willing to go into it knowing the risks that you've mentioned and spending the money, I would bear the consequences if any arose.



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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    The pads are listed at 2.45 lbs each.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    If you can sew, waterproof mattress pads are a great alternative to u-haul pads. I've got a couple of spreads I made using them. A layer of fleece then the mattress pad. Works like a charm.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleophauna View Post
    If you can sew, waterproof mattress pads are a great alternative to u-haul pads. I've got a couple of spreads I made using them. A layer of fleece then the mattress pad. Works like a charm.
    Could fleece flippers be made the same way as the uhaul variety?


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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    I don't see why not. Your just making an envelope for the coro. I've never used flippers but looking at them on the website I would imagine you could modify them to fit your needs. Do you already have your cage so you know the measurements?

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    Smuggle mum/dad?

    I actually don't like Uhaul that much, I probably wouldn't buy it again and I definitely wouldn't spend a lot of money on it. I'm sure others have had much better experiences with it though. If it were me, I would find some other absorbent material that's easier to get where you live.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Any absorbent material used in diapers could be used, check out the local fabric shop and see what they have.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    These are the pads, see if they ship to you.

    https://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies...re-Pad?id=2670

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    https://www.amazon.com/International...tag=quo-ans-20

    search *
    UBOXES Textile Moving Blankets&*

    That amazon should ship to you.

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Has anyone used these or can anyone offer their opinion on these.. Came across them while looking at mattress pads.. https://www.conni.com.au/shop/pets/p...itters-pet-pad

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    I've used something similar to those pads, http://www.bmhealthcare.com.au/produ...ads-44-48.html

    I tend to only used them underneath the water bottles now, but the backings have shrunk a little with the use over the past year or two making them not quite fit as they used to. The rest of my cages are towels with fleece on top. I might have to get some of those critter pads for my pigs just to try out as the large size would fit in some of my cages quite well (as they are 70cm wide by 115cm long and some of my cages are 66cm wide by 180cm long meaning 2 with an overlap would fit one cage), perhaps that will be what I get for my guinea pigs at christmas

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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soecara View Post
    I've used something similar to those pads, http://www.bmhealthcare.com.au/produ...ads-44-48.html

    I tend to only used them underneath the water bottles now, but the backings have shrunk a little with the use over the past year or two making them not quite fit as they used to. The rest of my cages are towels with fleece on top. I might have to get some of those critter pads for my pigs just to try out as the large size would fit in some of my cages quite well (as they are 70cm wide by 115cm long and some of my cages are 66cm wide by 180cm long meaning 2 with an overlap would fit one cage), perhaps that will be what I get for my guinea pigs at christmas
    That's what I was thinking regarding the size, they'd fit well into a cage and you wouldn't have to stress too much about altering them as you would with human bed pads etc.


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    Re: Smuggle mum/dad?

    And that price is for a pack of three I believe


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