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USPS postage increase Jan 27th
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Weltering in Blood



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've given up ordering outside of Europe. At times the postage has been more than the cost of the things I'm buying.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mailed 5 cassettes to Russia for just under $17.

I had the PO clerk weigh a LP/tape with 1 extra piece of cardboard in a Hells Headbangers LP mailer that came to $25 to Northern Europe...

Dug out a really old scale to check package weights on the PO site & it seems to be accurate enough.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bitewerks wrote:
I had the PO clerk weigh a LP/tape with 1 extra piece of cardboard in a Hells Headbangers LP mailer that came to $25 to Northern Europe...

Dug out a really old scale to check package weights on the PO site & it seems to be accurate enough.

Adding Registration, if necessary, is $37. Ouch.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fee for registered airmail depends on the value of the package. I think? Seems like that's what a PO clerk once told me. I have never paid more than postage plus around $13 to reg. an airmail package to Europe. It's a pain in the ass to wrap the whole thing up in brown tape but it's rare that anyone wants it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weltering in Blood wrote:
I've given up ordering outside of Europe. At times the postage has been more than the cost of the things I'm buying.

If you do a decent size order it actually can be pretty cheap to order from the US. Once you hit the 4 lb mark where it has to go via priority postage is like $45, but only about $3 more for each additional pound.
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Weltering in Blood



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xyosefx wrote:
Weltering in Blood wrote:
I've given up ordering outside of Europe. At times the postage has been more than the cost of the things I'm buying.

If you do a decent size order it actually can be pretty cheap to order from the US. Once you hit the 4 lb mark where it has to go via priority postage is like $45, but only about $3 more for each additional pound.


Cheers for the info! Will keep this in mind for the future.
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Nyx



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just paid 35$ for shipping 2 lps. That's the same im paying for the vinyls. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

darkdescentrecords wrote:
Brooklyn Bastard 666 wrote:
Is there a new Media Mail price for mailing a 12" within the USA?
It is usually around $3...what is it now?


Only went up pennies.


SOME good news.
Thanks.

One thing I have noticed - Media Mail is slower than ever right now.
No reason it should take 13 days from Cali to NY.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone try this yet?

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/shipping-globally.html

It's supposed to be much cheaper than going through USPS. I guess ebay is now in the business of shipping stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For a listing to be eligible for the Global Shipping Program:

The item must be listed for sale on eBay.com.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes many people have ebay store set up so people buy at normal prices.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
Anyone try this yet?

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/shipping-globally.html

It's supposed to be much cheaper than going through USPS. I guess ebay is now in the business of shipping stuff.


I haven't tried it yet, but this sounds like it will allow me to start shipping internationally again, without buyers having to pay for registered shipping.

Edit:

Some buyers from countries to which I'd like to ship aren't included (the inclusive list below):

Australia

Bulgaria

Canada

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

Greece

Hungary

Latvia

Lithuania

Malta

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

United Kingdom
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.aske wrote:
NWN PROD wrote:
Anyone try this yet?

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/shipping-globally.html

It's supposed to be much cheaper than going through USPS. I guess ebay is now in the business of shipping stuff.


I haven't tried it yet, but this sounds like it will allow me to start shipping internationally again, without buyers having to pay for registered shipping.

Edit:

Some buyers from countries to which I'd like to ship aren't included (the inclusive list below):

Australia

Bulgaria

Canada

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

Greece

Hungary

Latvia

Lithuania

Malta

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

United Kingdom

It states that the value of the auction IS listed on the form. I doubt most will want to pay the insane import fees that will surely follow. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Descension wrote:
NWN PROD wrote:
Anyone try this yet?

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/shipping-globally.html

It's supposed to be much cheaper than going through USPS. I guess ebay is now in the business of shipping stuff.

It states that the value of the auction IS listed on the form. I doubt most will want to pay the insane import fees that will surely follow. Shocked

But single-CD/LP orders are the ones where the shipping really hurts, and they're also the ones where it won't matter much if the customs form says they paid the actual value for something (rare/expensive items notwithstanding). It also says you're allowed to offer other shipping methods for international customers, so those making a large or expensive order could choose First Class International and pay accordingly. This might be worth trying...
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outlaw-recordings



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That eBay shipping is kind of great news for buying/selling on there at least, it seems to take a lot of the risk out of selling to international buyers. Though it will probably generate a whole new level of pain in the ass if a buyer says something arrived damaged or they aren't happy with it for whatever reason? I could see pros/cons to this, but overall the pros seem pretty high. A tracking number from door to door. I wonder what shipping service they're using- is it USPS all the way? Maybe they explained that in there and I didn't catch it.
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