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phantomcow2 02-24-05 08:05 PM

I think this was pretty expensive to ship
 
I sold an old fork on ebay yesterday to a guy in ontario for 20 bucks. Well I usually go UPS to everybody i ship to except canada becuase the buyer will be charged by customs so i go to the post office and i already had some custom forms filled out because most guys i sell to seem ot be in canada so i keep a few. Well damnit, the package weighed 4lbs and 10oz. So i got charged some fee and had to fill out a bunch of other forms. So a whole set of sparring gear weighing 3pounds 8oz, which is a MUCH larger box than the fork, cost me 11 dollars to ship. I believe that was british columbia too. Yet a fork weighing just over 4 lbs costed me 17. ANd the box is half the size :(.

Stacey 02-24-05 09:01 PM

Shipping costs are calculated by weight... size is fairly immaterial, save for oversized pzckages & the such. The "bunch of other forms" were customs forms for parcels weighing over four pounds.

If you're going to play the game... it helps to know the rules. :)

slvoid 02-24-05 09:44 PM

Try mailing a 5"x5"x5" chunk of iron hehehe.

phantomcow2 02-24-05 10:11 PM

i just didnt think it would go by weight, i thought size would make the biggest difference. Argh, all that extra work for 10 measly oz

slvoid 02-24-05 10:20 PM

What if you filled a thin cardboard box with a bag of helium such that the box would be barely hovering?

forum*rider 02-24-05 11:24 PM

the post office would have to pay you since it's lighter than air:D

MadMan2k 02-24-05 11:45 PM

Heh, there's a neat concept.

ngateguy 02-25-05 12:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stacey
Shipping costs are calculated by weight... size is fairly immaterial, save for oversized pzckages & the such. The "bunch of other forms" were customs forms for parcels weighing over four pounds.

If you're going to play the game... it helps to know the rules. :)

As a shipping professional I can tell you size does mater. There is what they call dimensional weight. It can be a factor when shipping to foreign countries. Shipping packages by mail is usually more expensive than UPS. And there is less paper work to do as far as customs is concerned. When shipping to a foreign country duties are the same no mater who you ust to ship it. When shipping to Canada (or Mexico) if the product is made in the USA they will not have to pay a duty. However you have to provide an document of origin to prove it. Easiest way to do it is declare it as a gift then there is no duty or tax.

Stacey 02-25-05 05:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ngateguy
As a shipping professional I can tell you size does mater. There is what they call dimensional weight. It can be a factor when shipping to foreign countries. Shipping packages by mail is usually more expensive than UPS. And there is less paper work to do as far as customs is concerned. When shipping to a foreign country duties are the same no mater who you ust to ship it. When shipping to Canada (or Mexico) if the product is made in the USA they will not have to pay a duty. However you have to provide an document of origin to prove it. Easiest way to do it is declare it as a gift then there is no duty or tax.


Geeze, muddy the waters now why doncha. I was going to mention that but thought it would only confuse the issue, and irrelevant to the discussion.

DW is something that could hace only been created by a republican bureaucrat... "Well theretically the box COULD hold this much weight."

CMcMahon 02-25-05 10:57 AM

I tried to ship a 4lb box (handlebars and a stem) to Australia. $80.

Stacey 02-25-05 01:12 PM

Yeah, sounds about right for expidited air service. Probably somewhere around $10 to do it surface... tho' it would take an eternity.

phantomcow2 02-25-05 01:21 PM

the guy said i ca ship it ground for 14 dollars or 17 air. but Parcel something would take 4-6 weels. Ide probably get negative feedback for that.

Stacey 02-25-05 01:23 PM

Probably not. Folks abroad that buy from the states usually understand it can take a while.

ofofhy 02-25-05 01:23 PM

Well, you charged the $17 to the buyer, right?


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