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Manufacturing Times

Current estimated manufacturing times:

5 working days for New Zealand manufactured 5 DAY ROLLER, 5 DAY FAUX WOOD VENETIAN and 5 DAY HONEYCOMB blinds

7-8 working days for New Zealand manufactured ROLLER, VERTICAL, ALUMINIUM and FAUXWOOD venetians

35-50 working days for imported HONEYCOMB, FAUX WOOD, ALUMINIUM and PHOENIXWOOD blinds

50-60 working days for imported SHUTTERS

Buying Imported vs. Local Blinds and Shutters

Blinds manufacturer preparing to ship local blinds and shutters

With so many suppliers worldwide, choosing between importing and buying local blinds and shutters can be tough. Your goal is to find the perfect set of blinds to suit your needs, considering their appearance, cost, and ease of installation. Numerous factors impact whether importing or buying local blinds and shutters is right for you.

As one of the top blinds suppliers in New Zealand, we’ve spent years pointing customers like you in the right direction. We offer everything from blackout roller blinds to high-quality Venetian blinds, and we’re proud to be trusted by many Kiwis taking on their next design challenge. To help you do the same, we’re doing a full breakdown to help you make the call that suits your budget, turnaround time, and aesthetic. Read on for a breakdown of each option.

The Pros and Cons of Locally Manufactured Blinds and Shutters

So, why buy blinds locally? One of the standout benefits is the quick turnaround time for manufacturing and delivery. At NZ Blinds, you can expect to receive roller, vertical, aluminium, and faux wood Venetian blinds within 7-8 working days. We also offer a 5-day blinds deal, ensuring that customers receive their custom-made blinds in just five days from the date of order. This rapid production and delivery timeline is ideal for those who require immediate access to quality blinds, such as homeowners preparing for an upcoming event, property managers getting ready for new tenants, or businesses needing immediate upgrades to their space.

Beyond fast turnaround times, buying locally is a great way to support the local economy. Every purchase of locally made blinds and shutters helps sustain New Zealand businesses and contributes to the employment of skilled workers within the community. Moreover, buying locally minimises the carbon footprint linked to shipping and transportation from far-off locations, making it an eco-friendly option for consumers who prioritise sustainability.

However, keep in mind that locally manufactured blinds tend to have a higher price point than imported options. New Zealand has stringent labour laws that ensure fair wages and working conditions for employees. These regulations contribute to higher labour costs, which in turn can drive up the price of locally produced blinds. For many, though, the excellent quality of locally manufactured blinds makes up for the higher cost.

The Pros and Cons of Imported Blinds and Shutters

For budget-conscious consumers, the greatest appeal of imported blinds is their affordability. These blinds are often produced in countries where labour costs are significantly lower, allowing manufacturers to offer them at a reduced price. Additionally, the high volumes of blinds manufactured overseas enable economies of scale, which further reduces costs. The lower costs don’t compromise the quality, so you can rest assured that you’re getting good value for your money.

The main downside of importing blinds from overseas is the longer shipping times. While these blinds are manufactured quickly, international shipping can add an extra 5-6 weeks to your wait time. This delay might be inconvenient for those in urgent need of window treatments, but it can be a reasonable trade-off if cost savings are a higher priority.

International shipping of blinds and shutters

Comparing Options: Making the Right Choice for Your Needs

So, which option is better? Both offer unique advantages, and ultimately, the choice comes down to your priorities as a consumer:

  • The Case for Locally Made Blinds: If you’re looking to receive quality blinds quickly and are willing to spend a little extra, locally made blinds are a great choice.
  • The Case for Imported Blinds: If you’re not in a rush to receive your blinds and want to save some money, imported blinds are your best option.

The good news is that whether you choose locally manufactured or imported blinds, you can be confident in receiving a product of exceptional craftsmanship. At NZ Blinds, we are proud to offer both options, ensuring you get access to the best of both worlds. All our products are meticulously crafted, upholding the highest standards of quality and ethical production practices.

Explore locally manufactured and imported blinds at NZ Blinds

Whether you’re upgrading your home, outfitting a new office, or preparing a rental property, NZ Blinds offers an extensive collection of high-quality blinds to meet your requirements. Choose from a vast array of stylish options, from roller blinds to Venetians.

We believe in making the process as convenient as possible for our customers, so we offer freight-free delivery on all our products throughout New Zealand, including to rural areas. Shop online today!