Originally Posted by chronoaug
The only problem with usps international is that you can only get delivery confirmation with express shipping and that gets pricey. Not having any kind of delivery confirmation leaves you open to scam buyers.
What's the cheapest way to ship internationally while still having some kind of delivery confirmation? Every time i try and get rate quotes on fed ex and ups they say it would cost like $90 which doesn't make sense at all.
I hear this alot and am always confused by it.
When you send a package USPS first class or Priority International, you fill out a custom form. Said custom form has a "tracking number", you type the number in the USPS tracking system and it shows you the package up to the point where it leaves this country. Theoretically, that should be all you are required to prove as a seller that the package was shipped. But, here is the awesomness, if you go to the receiving country's postal site, say Canada Post or Royal Mail or Hong Kong Post, and you go to their tracking tool and type in your customs form number, you will see the package in their system, when it arrived and when it is out for delivery. At that point, any obligation and proof you owe the buyer is fulfilled and if the package is not received it is not the seller's issue. USPS tells you though that there is no tracking for international packages.