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USPS Shipping Charges from US to UK

Discussion in 'B&S Archive' started by clintonf, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. clintonf

    clintonf Senior member

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    Hi all, please forgive me if i've posted in the wrong forum. However, as someone who has started to purchase a few items from the US, I'd like some tips on what would be typical shipping charges to the US.

    I understand that some dollars should be offset for packaging. However, roughly how much should it cost to send any of the following:

    1 shirt
    3 shirts
    6 shirts
    1 suit
    2 suits
    1 pair of shoes

    If any members deciding the offer assistance could quote for USPS Priority International AND USPS Express International, I would be grateful.

    Many thanks in advance

    Clint
     
  2. tonylumpkin

    tonylumpkin Senior member

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    You can access USPS rates at this link: http://www.usps.com/ Cost will vary as do the weights of individual items, but you can get a rough idea.
     
  3. clintonf

    clintonf Senior member

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    You can access USPS rates at this link:

    http://www.usps.com/

    Cost will vary as do the weights of individual items, but you can get a rough idea.


    Many thanks

    Clint
     
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  5. clintonf

    clintonf Senior member

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    I'm sorry to resurect this old thread, but I do need some more advice.

    I've had 2 quotes for shipping a suit via USPS Express International mail from the US to the UK.

    In the first case (via eBay) I was quoted $27 (which is a little low), but I presume the seller had the right amount as they used the shipping calculator.

    When I enquired about the tracking number, I was told that when they went to the Post Office, the actual charge was $15 more and so they "decided" so ship it via another means (I'm presuming Priority International as they provided a tracking number).

    In the second case (via Style Forum) I was initially quoted $40 for a suit. When I enquired about the tracking number the Seller claimed that it would cost close to $100 to ship via Express International. Hence they "decided" to ship it via another means (this time without any tracking number).

    There may be a 3rd case, but I'm waiting for the Seller to reply (yes, i'm chasing for a tracking number).

    Please note that this has all happened THIS week.

    Should I just suck it up? I am quite a fussy Buyer and Seller and I am particularly concerned about shipping. I don't like having items that i've paid for in transit for too long so I usually ask for Express International.

    Can anyone suggest any way that I safeguard against such things? Yes, Express International is expensive. HOWEVER, in either case the seller didn't got back to me with a revised quote. They just went ahead and shipped and then didn't mention anything until I asked.

    I must admit that this doesn't happen often, but potentially 3 in one week is starting to become a pattern.

    Any input would be appreciated.


    Clint
     
  6. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    Here's what the shipping calculator gives for a 3lb package
    http://ircalc.usps.gov/IntlMailServi...2&P=3&O=0&sd=1

    The price increases/decreases by ~$4.5 for every extra/fewer pound.

    For the 2nd case, the seller most likely used First Class International as Priority does have tracking, and UPS or FedEx is not an option for <$40. This is unfortunate, as First Class International, when purchased w/o Registered Mail, beside being a bit slower, provides neither tracking nor indemnity/insurance.
    Anyway, the difference between what you paid and actual postage is probably ~$10. Not much, but you still should ask for a partial refund, on principle.
     
  7. clintonf

    clintonf Senior member

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    Thank you for your prompt reply. The guide that you gave me is really helpful.

    Because of the strength of the UK £, the price difference between Priority International and Express is significant, it is not that greater difference for me.

    My question really is regarding any mechanisms that I could use to safeguard Seller sending items out using their discretion, rather than the agreed method.

    Other than that, Sellers tend to add a few dollars for materials. However, the prices do seem to vary between them.

    Thanks again

    Clint

    Here's what the shipping calculator gives for a 3lb package
    http://ircalc.usps.gov/IntlMailServi...2&P=3&O=0&sd=1

    The price increases/decreases by ~$4.5 for every extra/fewer pound.

    For the 2nd case, the seller most likely used First Class International as Priority is not significantly cheaper than EMS, and UPS or FedEx is not an option for <$40. This is unfortunate, as First Class International, when purchased w/o Registered Mail, beside being a bit slower, provides neither tracking nor indemnity/insurance.
    Anyway, the difference between what you paid and actual postage is probably ~$10. Not much, but you still should ask for a partial refund, on principle.
     
  8. drducky

    drducky Senior member

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    the PZ Sartoriale jacket that I sent to you cost a little under $40 to ship Express Mail international if that helps
    the difference between express and priority is pretty minimal from the shipper's end and USPS quotes about 5 days quicker
     
  9. clintonf

    clintonf Senior member

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    the PZ Sartoriale jacket that I sent to you cost a little under $40 to ship Express Mail international if that helps
    the difference between express and priority is pretty minimal from the shipper's end and USPS quotes about 5 days quicker


    Thanks drducky, I've had around 30 shipments from the US in the last year and they've all been around the $40. I had 2 suits, 6 shirts and 3 ties shipped for $70 via Express International.

    I just don't get it. I don't feel that it's appropriate to dictate prices to Sellers, but I don't know what else to do.

    Is it simply a question of explaining in great detail what I require and then appearing to be a jerk?

    I don't know.

    Cheers

    Clint
     

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