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post #46 of 168
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Originally Posted by Ott View Post
Canadian chiming in: USPS is the only courier that doesn't completely destroy us canucks withs customs and various other fees.

I agree. After many years of trial and error. USPS is the only good option. Stay FAR FAR Away from UPS if you are in Canada. I actually do not buy from a seller using UPS.
post #47 of 168
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.
post #48 of 168
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Originally Posted by chronoaug View Post
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.

First Class Mail International + Registered Mail(an extra $10.15)

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When you're sending valuable or irreplaceable items through the mail, protect them with Registered Mailâ„¢.

Items you send with Registered Mail are placed under tight security from the point of mailing to the point of delivery, and insured up to $25,000 against loss or damage. And you can verify the date and time of delivery and the delivery attempts online. All destination countries have an indemnity limit of $45.51 and a registry fee of $10.15.
http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendm...ailservice.htm
post #49 of 168
We ship all over the world on a daily basis. We use the USPS almost exclusively because it works and it is the most cost effective method for overseas items. If you're worried about getting scammed by overseas/domestic buyers then insure the package. Insured packages are signed for upon delivery.
post #50 of 168
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Originally Posted by chronoaug View Post
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.
post #51 of 168
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
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.

Just to say, for any UK readers/sellers, this also works in reverse for packages sent by Royal Mail International Signed For. The tracking number you get works on Royal Mail's site until it leaves the country. If you then go to USPS' site (for US deliveries), the same tracking number then works there right up to delivery.

Again, Royal Mail never tell you this is possible, but it works.
post #52 of 168
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
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.

I didn't know that. Thanks...very useful information.
post #53 of 168
I prefer DHL for sending packet internationally because it is good service for sending packet internationally. It is fast and cheap as compare to rest of other services.
post #54 of 168
I figured this is a good place to ask a question about international shipping.

Recently I had to research the shipping costs to Singapore and to Australia.

I'm in Houston, Tx.

One package was of 2 pair of shoes that weighed about 9 LBS. This one was to Singapore,

The other package was a suit to Australia. It was about 4 LBS.

The cheapest method seemed to be USPS International Flat Rate Shipping (in a normal flat rate box), for $38.95. There is a 20Lbs. limit on this $38.95 flat rate special.

That price seemed fine for shipping the shoes to Singapore, but does anyone know of a cheaper way to ship the suit to Australia.
post #55 of 168
i'm from singapore, and have bought & sold numerous items internationally over the past 2-3 years (almost 600 ebay feedback) - my 2 cents: USPS Priority to Singapore is incredibly fast. incredibly. i must say that the rates have gone up recently though. however, the USPS Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are still the best value for their price. EDIT: since you're shipping to Singapore, you might want to note that 7% tax is imposed to receive incoming items valued S$400 and above. that used to be US$250, but its probably US$280 or something now.
post #56 of 168
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Originally Posted by rnoldh View Post
I figured this is a good place to ask a question about international shipping.

Recently I had to research the shipping costs to Singapore and to Australia.

I'm in Houston, Tx.

One package was of 2 pair of shoes that weighed about 9 LBS. This one was to Singapore,

The other package was a suit to Australia. It was about 4 LBS.

The cheapest method seemed to be USPS International Flat Rate Shipping (in a normal flat rate box), for $38.95. There is a $20 limit on this $38.95 flat rate special.

That price seemed fine for shipping the shoes to Singapore, but does anyone know of a cheaper way to ship the suit to Australia.

The suit should be able to go first class international which would be about half price from Global Priority, not sure what the weight limit is though.
post #57 of 168
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
The suit should be able to go first class international which would be about half price from Global Priority, not sure what the weight limit is though.

The problems are neither paypal nor USPS online provides shipping label for first class international, and I don't believe USPS offers tracking/delivery confirmation for first class international.

I only used first class international for inexpensive stuff in the past.
post #58 of 168
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Originally Posted by A Guy from Shanghai View Post
The problems are neither paypal nor USPS online provides shipping label for first class international, and I don't believe USPS offers tracking/delivery confirmation for first class international.

I only used first class international for inexpensive stuff in the past.

Yeah you'd have to go to a USPS retail location to get things sent 1st Class International, but it does come with tracking, albeit not in the most accessible manner. Per Ed'd post:

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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
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.
post #59 of 168
Isn't first class international limited to either 13 or 16 ounces?
post #60 of 168
4 pounds.


Domestic first class parcels, on the other hand, are limited to 14oz a piece.
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