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earth2eric  (C 41564)

Jun 10, 2012, 5:18 PM
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What was your experience with international purchase? Who did you use for the shipping and what was the price? Thanks


strife

Jun 10, 2012, 9:06 PM
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mines come from the other way > Canopy from Houston to Sydney 8 days USPS 82.95 postage and insurance.


earth2eric  (C 41564)

Jun 11, 2012, 6:05 AM
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So that's not too bad. It took awhile to get there but I was expecting a much higher price for shipping.Thanks


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Jun 11, 2012, 6:22 AM
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USPS and other shippers have online calculators that will get you a much more accurate answer since you can put in the actual origin and destination of your package, as well as its actual weight and dimensions. That will be much more accurate than a general question on a forum about "international shipping."


earth2eric  (C 41564)

Jun 11, 2012, 6:55 AM
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maybe one day they can replace human interaction with calucalators, and then we never have to speak to each other!


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Jun 11, 2012, 7:02 AM
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maybe one day they can replace human interaction with calucalators, and then we never have to speak to each other!

Oh, sorry.

Let me try again.

If you go to a post office, or a FedEx Office, or a UPS Store (or the many other retail shipping locations out there), a HUMAN working behind the counter will look at your package and its destination, put it on a scale, and tell you how much it will cost to ship it using a variety of shipping methodologies.

Better? TongueLaugh


adventurechick  (C 35899)

Jun 11, 2012, 8:27 AM
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I've found DHL to be very economical compared to UPS and Fedex. Something to check out :-)


DBCOOPER  (D 24112)

Jun 11, 2012, 11:24 AM
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I think the USPS has an advantage with international shipping. Something to do with clearing customs.


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Jun 11, 2012, 11:31 AM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
maybe one day they can replace human interaction with calucalators, and then we never have to speak to each other!

Oh, sorry.

Let me try again.

If you go to a post office, or a FedEx Office, or a UPS Store (or the many other retail shipping locations out there), a HUMAN working behind the counter will look at your package and its destination, put it on a scale, and tell you how much it will cost to ship it using a variety of shipping methodologies.

Better? TongueLaugh

Although

1. Any place not owned by the shipping company (FedEx / Kinko's is OK; Mail Boxes, Etc. is not) will charge a (sometimes substantial) markup for that.

2. Each country has its own paperwork requirements. You'll have an easier time making duplicate invoices or whatever if you look that up at home.


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Jun 11, 2012, 11:33 AM
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I think the USPS has an advantage with international shipping. Something to do with clearing customs.

The recipient usually does not have to pay customs brokerage fees with USPS, just the usual country imposed charges for duty, GST, etc.

Some of their international options also don't/didn't use dimensional weight (where a fluffy or well-packed 5 pound object costs as much to ship as a dense 20 pound package).


(This post was edited by DrewEckhardt on Jun 11, 2012, 11:35 AM)


earth2eric  (C 41564)

Jun 11, 2012, 5:18 PM
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yes yes, these are the answers I was looking for! Dropzone always delivers. I tried doing the calculator on usps, and I got $280 from here in California to Bergen for a 5 lbs package with an 8 day delivery..I'm like "I think I may have done something wrong..." Crazy


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Jun 11, 2012, 8:14 PM
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yes yes, these are the answers I was looking for! Dropzone always delivers. I tried doing the calculator on usps, and I got $280 from here in California to Bergen for a 5 lbs package with an 8 day delivery..I'm like "I think I may have done something wrong..." Crazy

You probably asked for Global Express Guaranteed (as in guaranteed day of delivery) which does charge dimensional weight.

Express Mail International to Norway for 5 pounds
Max. length 60", max. length plus girth combined 108"
3 - 5 business days
$59.30 (at post office)
$54.56 (online)

plus insurance.

Country information :
http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/mo_029.htm


(This post was edited by DrewEckhardt on Jun 11, 2012, 8:17 PM)


earth2eric  (C 41564)

Jun 12, 2012, 6:52 AM
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Wow, thats way more affordable. I was searching for a main canopy, and if I saw something outside of the US, my first thoughts were "not worth the shipping" but that's really not bad. Opens up some opportunity for the classifieds.
Beer!


weekender  (C License)

Jun 13, 2012, 8:38 AM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
In reply to:
maybe one day they can replace human interaction with calucalators, and then we never have to speak to each other!

Oh, sorry.

Let me try again.

If you go to a post office, or a FedEx Office, or a UPS Store (or the many other retail shipping locations out there), a HUMAN working behind the counter will look at your package and its destination, put it on a scale, and tell you how much it will cost to ship it using a variety of shipping methodologies.

Better? TongueLaugh

Although

1. Any place not owned by the shipping company (FedEx / Kinko's is OK; Mail Boxes, Etc. is not) will charge a (sometimes substantial) markup for that.

2. Each country has its own paperwork requirements. You'll have an easier time making duplicate invoices or whatever if you look that up at home.

Mail boxes etc is owned by UPS now. they are called the UPS Store mostly. the few that are not, will be by year end or so.



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