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liudr

International shipping rates:
Weight (ounces)    Weight (Lb)   1 Canada    2 Mexico    3-5   4-6
1   0.06    $6.55     $6.55     $6.55     $6.55
2   0.13    $6.55     $6.55     $6.55     $6.55
3   0.19    $7.35     $8.85     $9.45     $9.15
4   0.25    $7.35     $8.85     $9.45     $9.15
5   0.31    $8.55     $11.55     $12.75     $12.15
6   0.38    $8.55     $11.55     $12.75     $12.15
7   0.44    $8.55     $11.55     $12.75     $12.15
8   0.50    $8.55     $11.55     $12.75     $12.15
12   0.75    $9.15     $13.50     $14.90     $14.30
16   1.00    $10.55     $15.05     $16.75     $16.25
20   1.25    $11.95     $16.60     $18.60     $18.20
24   1.50    $13.35     $18.15     $20.45     $20.15
28   1.75    $14.75     $19.70     $22.30     $22.10
32   2.00    $16.15     $21.25     $24.15     $24.05
36   2.25    $17.55     $22.80     $26.00     $26.00
40   2.50    $18.95     $24.35     $27.85     $27.95
44   2.75    $20.35     $25.90     $29.70     $29.90
48   3.00    $21.75     $27.45     $31.55     $31.85
52   3.25    $23.15     $29.00     $33.40     $33.80
56   3.50    $24.55     $30.55     $35.25     $35.75
60   3.75    $25.95     $32.10     $37.10     $37.70
64   4.00    $27.35     $33.65     $38.95     $39.65

vasquo

I just charge my International buyers (Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe) a flat $25 for anything that will inside a small flat rate box, and $60 for anything bigger/bulkier (shipped via usps priority mail).

I don't ship out anything on cheap International First Class mail.... ever.  If the $490 shipment gets lost, I have to reship it again or refund the customer their  purchase price. Either way, I'm out of luck and lost $490 out of pocket... all because I'm trying to save him a few dollars in shipping fees. So I say f*ck it... $60 shipping for your $490 purchase.   

I also don't do "combined" shipping for International customers. If they buy (2) units, and each unit/set costs $60 to ship, I charge them $120... and they get (2) packages delivered to them separately. (lessens my chance that both packages will get lost)

I have a current customer that paid $300 on shipping fees alone.... but he ordered $3K worth of stuff. He'll get (5) separate boxes shipped to him.



GoForSmoke

For important parts it's well worth the extra. I guess you don't sell toys?  :smiley-mr-green:

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Sometimes an example says more than many times as many words.

liudr

My packages are pretty much $30-$50 values only so I can't afford to ship other than first class. If it gets lost, well I lose money. The USPS high price on shipping and insurance only available on express international make doing business to the world a very difficult thing.

JoeN

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Mar 07, 2013, 08:56 pm Last Edit: Mar 07, 2013, 09:01 pm by JoeN Reason: 1

I just charge my International buyers (Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe) a flat $25 for anything that will inside a small flat rate box, and $60 for anything bigger/bulkier (shipped via usps priority mail).

I don't ship out anything on cheap International First Class mail.... ever.  If the $490 shipment gets lost, I have to reship it again or refund the customer their  purchase price. Either way, I'm out of luck and lost $490 out of pocket... all because I'm trying to save him a few dollars in shipping fees. So I say f*ck it... $60 shipping for your $490 purchase.  

I also don't do "combined" shipping for International customers. If they buy (2) units, and each unit/set costs $60 to ship, I charge them $120... and they get (2) packages delivered to them separately. (lessens my chance that both packages will get lost)

I have a current customer that paid $300 on shipping fees alone.... but he ordered $3K worth of stuff. He'll get (5) separate boxes shipped to him.


That's great if your customers are willing to pay it, of course.  Not every business has that situation.  In fact, I would say it is pretty rare.

Think this guy can charge $30 per package for shipping?  Or pays anything close to USPS rates?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100pcs-5mm-White-13000mcd-Flat-Top-LED-Lamp-Super-Bright-leds-/221128574436

Foreign delivery, all in, $4.50.  And I've seen even cheaper.

USPS wanted $9 to ship some incorrect BCD switches that I received back to Taiwan.  It was probably about the same weight as this package, about 3 ounces in all including mailer and some bubble wrap.  No question they are getting a far better deal over there.  And it's the same product, same amount of labor involved in a Taiwan to US vs a US to Taiwan international shipment.  It's not like U.S. manufacturing vs. overseas manufacturing, shipments utilize labor in both countries and in the same amount.  So USPS pricing does not make sense and puts US vendors at a disadvantage and I agree with Crossroads assessment of the situation.
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