I'm visiting my family in the USA, so while I'm here I've made a few orders to US-based sites -- either to save on shipping, or because the site in question doesn't ship outside of the US (cough, Knitpicks, cough.
The first thing I've ordered is a spindle that I've wanted for a very long time - a .8oz Golding Tsunami in Purpleheart. These spindles have a reputation for being beautiful and long spinners.
First of all, the shipping was extremely quick - I ordered it on Friday night, and it arrived here on Wednesday. It came in a large Priority Mail box stuffed with packing peanuts, securely cushioning the plastic bag containing my spindle. Inside is a brochure and some spindle care instructions -- even a sample of the sandpaper recommended for cleaning the brass ring!
The spindle itself seems small and slight, but in the hand it's surprisingly heavy. It's really beautiful, with a shining brass ring and the bright purpleish wood of the whorl.
It's true what everyone says about Golding spindles - it is a surprisingly long and fast spinner. As I instinctively reached down to give the spindle another flick, I found that it was still spinning strongly. I could get used to this.
All in all, I am incredibly pleased with this spindle. It's beautiful and functional, and I had no problems at all ordering it. Will I be in the market for another Golding? Well, we'll see.