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Be aware of the price hikes effective today...a 3oz. package that cost $4 to ship to England from the US is now....sitting down?....$13.50. International sales have now been killed.
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Wow. That is a big increase. Canada's rates also went up but nearly as much as that. I think it is now about $9.50 to ship from Canada to the United Kingdom.
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Be aware of the price hikes effective today...a 3oz. package that cost $4 to ship to England from the US is now....sitting down?....$13.50. International sales have now been killed.


Are you going to stop shipping overseas now?  A couple of years ago when there was a rate increase many sellers said the same thing, that international sales would be killed. I only offer it on a one-on-one basis via a note in my product descriptions.

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No, I won't stop. If the customer is willing to pay, so be it....BUT I think I may be living in bizarro world. #1~Several people on Facebook said they have been paying this number for at least a year. I attached a photo from a sale last week to show what I've paid. How/why they were paying so much more is a mystery. #2~I went back into Paypal shipping (after canceling/refunding a sale and adjusting shipping on 2 of my sites!) and the prices were low again...! For just November and December, international buys were 20% of my sales...that's a lot to give up.This has been headache inducing.1-IMG_5223.jpg 

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No, I won't stop. If the customer is willing to pay, so be it....BUT I think I may be living in bizarro world. #1~Several people on Facebook said they have been paying this number for at least a year. I attached a photo from a sale last week to show what I've paid. How/why they were paying so much more is a mystery. #2~I went back into Paypal shipping (after canceling/refunding a sale and adjusting shipping on 2 of my sites!) and the prices were low again...! For just November and December, international buys were 20% of my sales...that's a lot to give up.This has been headache inducing.1-IMG_5223.jpg 


Do you find that you can't ship to certain countries because of restrictions on materials/media of which your products may be made? Few yrs ago I learned of these restrictions and saw lists of restricted materials that are not allowed in some countries. Italy had the longest list. Since I often use recycled materials, salvaged items and repurposed products in my creations, I could not take time to evaluate each product.

That, and having to bother with more sturdy packaging that would endure the travel, and the headache of possible lengthy returns via damaged packaging from overseas caused me to not offer it. I know that you and many others have not had many, if any, problems though. On some venues, but not many, a seller can choose what countries to ship to.



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I have not had any issues with restricted materials. I had 2 issues with international but not in that vein. One concerned customs fees in the UK, which are not consistently charged and when it was, the buyer refused acceptance. I understood completely! My only damaged packages, 2, occurred in the US!
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No, I won't stop. If the customer is willing to pay, so be it....BUT I think I may be living in bizarro world. #1~Several people on Facebook said they have been paying this number for at least a year. I attached a photo from a sale last week to show what I've paid. How/why they were paying so much more is a mystery. #2~I went back into Paypal shipping (after canceling/refunding a sale and adjusting shipping on 2 of my sites!) and the prices were low again...! For just November and December, international buys were 20% of my sales...that's a lot to give up.This has been headache inducing.1-IMG_5223.jpg 


3 yrs ago I shipped a large envelope to France, from the post office, for that amount, $5.10. The following year, about 2 yrs ago, there was a huge hike in postage rates that seemed to double that rate, and more in some cases. That was when everyone was lamenting that international sales would be killed.

I have also heard it said that the high international ship rates have nothing to do with a seller being open to overseas sales. It was said because some people overseas can afford to and are willing to pay whatever shipping price is necessary to get something that they can't get over there, which is a different way of thinking. I was thinking that no one overseas is going to buy from me because I'm charging these ridiculous shipping prices. Of course they understand it's not the seller, it's the post office.[smile]

So I understand now what you're saying, Barbra. You don't have to stop selling internationally, but sales may drop off because some buyers can't afford to or won't want to pay those ridiculous post office shipping prices.

I haven't had to ship overseas since that France package, so I don't know what I would have paid since then. I always use Paypal shipping. But what you said some sellers on FB have been paying sounds in keeping with that change 2 yrs ago. You and others have been lucky, I guess, to still be paying what your image is showing. I know that rates are different at various shipping sites and selling venues that offer it.

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How do you figure out how much the shipping is to overseas?
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You can go to usps.com and try to check it out based on the average weight of your packages.  Or, take a package to your local PO and ask.
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3 yrs ago I shipped a large envelope to France, from the post office, for that amount, $5.10. The following year, about 2 yrs ago, there was a huge hike in postage rates that seemed to double that rate, and more in some cases. That was when everyone was lamenting that international sales would be killed.

I have also heard it said that the high international ship rates have nothing to do with a seller being open to overseas sales. It was said because some people overseas can afford to and are willing to pay whatever shipping price is necessary to get something that they can't get over there, which is a different way of thinking. I was thinking that no one overseas is going to buy from me because I'm charging these ridiculous shipping prices. Of course they understand it's not the seller, it's the post office.[smile]

So I understand now what you're saying, Barbra. You don't have to stop selling internationally, but sales may drop off because some buyers can't afford to or won't want to pay those ridiculous post office shipping prices.

I haven't had to ship overseas since that France package, so I don't know what I would have paid since then. I always use Paypal shipping. But what you said some sellers on FB have been paying sounds in keeping with that change 2 yrs ago. You and others have been lucky, I guess, to still be paying what your image is showing. I know that rates are different at various shipping sites and selling venues that offer it.

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Update...on Jan.2  I paid for a 4oz package to Canada  $2.91. Today? $9.50....
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I haven't shipped overseas in about 3 years. I now only ship U.S.. I was just getting so tired of the constant increases in postage and felt I was losing sales (on my other site) because of it. I know I still lose sales because I only ship within U.S., but I'd rather lose sales that way than feeling I'm gouging my buyers with higher postage. Just a personal preference.
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I haven't shipped overseas in about 3 years. I now only ship U.S.. I was just getting so tired of the constant increases in postage and felt I was losing sales (on my other site) because of it. I know I still lose sales because I only ship within U.S., but I'd rather lose sales that way than feeling I'm gouging my buyers with higher postage. Just a personal preference.


I felt that way too, until I realized that some people oveseas don't mind paying those huge shipping prices. Still haven't opened fully to overseas shipping though. I'd rather ship to a limited list of countries.


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I am still waiting to see how much our postage costs go up, they normally rise on the last Monday(ish) in March and have not been announced yet.
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I am still waiting to see how much our postage costs go up, they normally rise on the last Monday(ish) in March and have not been announced yet.


Do they go up yearly?

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