Holland Casino ceramic chips from aliexpress buying experience (1 Viewer)

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Hi all! My first post.

I bought these "Holland Casino" ceramic chips from aliexpress. First time using aliexpress. I wanted to share my experience in case it helps anyone.

Product:
I am very happy with the brightness of the colors and sharpness of the print. I bought "laurel crown" ceramic chips from mrcpoker and "scroll" ceramic chips from StraightPokerSupplies here in Canada. I was disappointed with both. The majority of the chips seemed blurry and/or fadded. These "Holland" ceramic chips from jiesite seller look way, way better. I didn't know what to expect when I made the purchased and was concerned I may end up with another batch of blurry chips. So am happy to finally buy some ceramics that look as good in-person as they do in the pictures. I don't have any nice poker chips. Just a bunch of metal slugged chips and the ceramics I mentioned above. So take my opinion with a grain of salt ;)

Shipping speed:
It took 16 days to ship to Canada. :ninja:

Shipping cost:
DHL charged me an additional $32 CAD to deliver the package in addition to what I originally paid.
$10 CAD for duty+taxes and $22 CAD for DHL "processing" fees. I don't mind paying the $10 CAD duty+taxes to the government, but this extra $22 CAD hidden fee for DHL "processing" was a big surprise to me. I don't like that it wasn't included in the initial shipping cost. It felt like DHL was holding my package hostage so they could extort extra money.
I read up on it and it seems you can opt to "self-clear" the package to avoid paying the processing fee. But you have to show up to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in person to self-clear. The closest one to me is over an hour away. It just wasn't worth the time and stress.
It would be nice if any additional shipping charges were included in the original shipping charge at the time of sale and not added on later at time of delivery.
But I'm writing this out so any potential Canadian buyers can be informed.

Link: Jiesite Holland Casino Ceramic poker chips

Anyway, thanks for listening!
 

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Be thankful that it was only $22 brokerage fee. I got tagged $75 for brokerage once from FedEx on a shipment from the US with a value of $15 and a GST payment of 0.75. Since then I always specify US Postal Service only. Never any brokerage fees, and usually anything less that $200 comes through with no GST.

I know this doesn't help with your current purchase, but next time try the postal route. Overseas may take a bit longer, but almost always cheaper.
 

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Be thankful that it was only $22 brokerage fee. I got tagged $75 for brokerage once from FedEx on a shipment from the US with a value of $15 and a GST payment of 0.75. Since then I always specify US Postal Service only. Never any brokerage fees, and usually anything less that $200 comes through with no GST.

I know this doesn't help with your current purchase, but next time try the postal route. Overseas may take a bit longer, but almost always cheaper.
Thanks for the tip!
 

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Never seen these before. Why so many denominations?
Maybe because original "Holland Casino" has a lot of denominations ranging from 0.50 up to 500 euro... plus plaques ?
Two weeks ago I was in Amsterdam, visited the casino and took a few singles
 

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Maybe because original "Holland Casino" has a lot of denominations ranging from 0.50 up to 500 euro... plus plaques ?
Two weeks ago I was in Amsterdam, visited the casino and took a few singles
Actually they have 8 chip denominations,
€1, €2, €2.5, €10, €20, €50, €100
And 3 plaques, €1000, €5000, €10.000

the €1 and €2 are only used at the poker games and not regular table games.
Brand : B&G (France)
 

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Actually they have 8 chip denominations,
€1, €2, €2.5, €10, €20, €50, €100
And 3 plaques, €1000, €5000, €10.000

the €1 and €2 are only used at the poker games and not regular table games.
Brand : B&G (France)
I took 2 different 0.50 chips too
 

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Wow never seen those. Not the most gorgeous looking chips, but they’re good to collect
I saw 0.50 chips in ChipGuide and asked for them at the cage. A kind girl pointed me a tray with several rack full of 0.50, 1 and 2 euro chips so I can pick one of each
I found other chips (2.5, 5, 10) at Ultimate TH and blackjack tables
 

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I saw 0.50 chips in ChipGuide and asked for them at the cage. A kind girl pointed me a tray with several rack full of 0.50, 1 and 2 euro chips so I can pick one of each
I found other chips (2.5, 5, 10) at Ultimate TH and blackjack tables
I’m gonna harvest me a rack of those €2’s !
 

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Never seen these before. Why so many denominations?
I use poker chips to play board games.
I had been using 1-5-10-50-100 denominations. I bought these because I want to try adding 2-20-200 to the mix to try and reduce the number and chips in the bank and in each players hand. I bought some ceramic 2s from another set to mix-in to this set.

So far, I think the benefit of lower chip footprint is worth the extra complexity.
 
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