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Old 08-03-13, 11:10 PM
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Shipping prices have jumped again.

So about a month or so ago shipping got crazy expensive. Small Packages that i could ship to Thailand or Germany or so by International Air (usually arrives in 2 weeks) on Canada Post were anywhere from $18-$40 for something under the 500 gram weight. I just went to send out a derailleur in a 10cm squared box with a weight of 350 grams and they want minimum $40 just for ship method which takes 4-8 weeks, for the International air method it's about $68 dollars.

Has anyone else noticed a crazy increase in shipping to other countries?

Robbietunes just send me a package of about 1kg or so and it cost him about $10 or so, if i were to send the exact package back to him it's around $30

I'm shipping out of Toronto, Ontario Canada.

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Old 08-04-13, 04:44 AM
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USPS has to be the most expensive way to ship, for me at least.
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Old 08-04-13, 05:40 AM
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$27.49 to ship a 108 inch box coast to coast last week, USPS Parcel Select. $18 to ship the same size box to NYC a month ago.

I investigated shipping a priority mail flat rate small box to Malaysia last week, it was going to be $24 (someone else clicked the BIN while I was researching rates). Much of Asia was the same price.


Robbie got a deal on that shipment, the rates I have seen to Canada have been quite a bit more.

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Old 08-04-13, 05:42 AM
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USPS is by the cheapest for small packages overseas. 1 pound packages run me $18.
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"...if i were to send the exact package back to him it's around $30"

Canada has to pay for it's socialized medicine somehow.
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Old 08-04-13, 06:07 AM
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I paid $24 to send a 3/4 kilo package to The Yukon, last week. I'm shipping from México. Robbie sent m a small package also, for what seemed like a very reasonable cost. USPS.
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We went through this a few years ago. Then, I could ship a bike to California, or Texas, or Florida for under $100.00. Then, not long after 9/11, prices took a huge hike right at the beginning of the calendar year. And prices kept going up, each month, or so it seemed, since then.
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A set of steel hubs from Italy cost 45 euro ($60). Probably over 500g, under 1kg.

I'm eyeballing some tools, 445g. They are 19 euro ($25).
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I also just sent a small USPS package to Israel. $24.
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I'm shipping a frame to Denver, $20.24 with 2.20 Signature Confirmation.
I'm shipping a set of calipers to Tampa, 3.38 tracked 1st class.

However, a tentative sale of a complete bike to Vancouver, BC Canada is held until we can find a shipping situation. The buyer says the shipping cost is one thing, but that there are fees involved on his end, as well. He blames the shippers, but I'm not sure who collects those broker fees, or whatever they call them.

I am getting off of stamps.com. Despite the better software, it's not worth 16.99/month, even for the cool reefer scale.
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
USPS has to be the most expensive way to ship, for me at least.
What? I just sent you a 6.5oz package from Cleveland to Miami for $2.75, and sent another 12oz pack to Washington State's Olympic peninsula for $3.60. Both were sent USPS First Class mail. That's pretty darn cheap! Of course larger packages tend to cost more...
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I understand completely. Everybody in the US can ship cheaply with USPS, for some reason shipping from
So. Florida is expensive. Lately l have been using their padded envelopes $6.00 as long as you're able to fit and close it.
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Light weight stuff, 13 oz or less, always goes first class mail in the US. Over that, the priority flat rate padded envelope, if it fits.

Realize the USPS is losing about $25 million a DAY, so as a business model, I would not recommend other countries copy them...

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I print all of my shipping labels through PayPal. The discount for the USPS Parcel Select is about 20% and tracking numbers are free or almost free.
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USPS has to be the most expensive way to ship, for me at least.
It is the opposite here. UPS and FedEx both quote ground rates to AK, and it takes about as long as ground, but it is all flown, and you pay the 2-day rate.
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
I understand completely. Everybody in the US can ship cheaply with USPS, for some reason shipping from
So. Florida is expensive. Lately l have been using their padded envelopes $6.00 as long as you're able to fit and close it.
Flat rate is flat rate it doesn't matter if its Miami or Maine. There's no reason not to use Parcel Post (select)...
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Since I've moved to Canada I have noticed higher shipping. I received a box containing fd, rd, and shifters. From Massachusetts at 12 dollars shipping but for me to ship a t shirt to Toronto was over 15. I think it has to do with Canada Post being a privately owned company.
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An anecdote.....

Shipping a single rim in a cut down wheel box. USPS quoted $29 and change. Disappointment. I usually ship a frame and fork (under 108") for <$25.

Since I had to go by Fedex Ground on my rounds, I decided to see what they would charge. First agent quoted $27 and change. I stepped away, filled out the paper work and went back to the counter where a different agent stood. The second agent took me through the paces anew and quoted a price of just over $11. I held my breath until I had signed the credit card receipt.

I felt guiltily happy and a bit confused on the way to the car.

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An anecdote.....

Shipping a single rim in a cut down wheel box. USPS quoted $29 and change. Disappointment. I usually ship a frame and fork (under 108") for <$25.
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Must have been priority mail. Parcel Select would have been cheaper.
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Dunno, Bill. I pressed them to check again and again for the cheapest way. I always learn something from your posts.

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Must have been priority mail. Parcel Select would have been cheaper.
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Originally Posted by afilado View Post
I felt guiltily happy and a bit confused on the way to the car.

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I've had dates like that.

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On another note, has anyone shipped an entire bike to Canada lately?
From what I can tell, Parcel Select is out.
From what I can tell, Priority Mail International is the cheapest.
From what I can tell, 108" L+G total is the limit, 66lbs.

I just shipped a frame in a wheel box, and it was 114" L+G (36x32x7) for 20.49 to CO.
From what I can tell, I would have to cut that down to ship to Canada for 52.49.
From what i can tell, then I'd have to ship the wheels separately, trying for 52.49.
From what I can tell, then I'd ship the rest of the parts for about $30 (bars, etc).

I can find no on-line International pricing for USPS for a bike box.
I haven't tried Fed Ex or UPS because the buyer says they charge big fees once it arrives.
He said UPS fees to him were $50 minimum, and as high as $400.
The last time I shipped a complete bike overseas was Australia, $403.00

Anyone?
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Vancouver, BC? Buyer needs a facilitator in western WA, then take a road trip. Bellingham, WA is 84 miles. Point Roberts, WA is even better, just 34 km. Or Blaine, WA (49km). Or self facilitate by using one of the mail box type stores in Blaine or Point Roberts.

Take some tools, reassemble, take a ride and have lunch.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

However, a tentative sale of a complete bike to Vancouver, BC Canada is held until we can find a shipping situation. The buyer says the shipping cost is one thing, but that there are fees involved on his end, as well. He blames the shippers, but I'm not sure who collects those broker fees, or whatever they call them.
I have offered in the past to act as a mail stop for BC-bound bikes, and would be happy to do so for you. However, I'm more convenient to Victoria than Vancouver. Port Angeles WA 98362. If your buyer has any reason to be in Victoria, I'm just a ferry ride away, and the hotel I run is one block from the ferry landing. Plus I have all the tools onsite needed to build up a bike-in-a-box and ride it home.

PM me if I can be of service.
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Originally Posted by The_Joe View Post
Since I've moved to Canada I have noticed higher shipping. I received a box containing fd, rd, and shifters. From Massachusetts at 12 dollars shipping but for me to ship a t shirt to Toronto was over 15. I think it has to do with Canada Post being a privately owned company.
Sorry Budd, Canada Post is a crown corporation, paid for by taxpayers. I just shipping a sub 500 gram box to California from Nova Scotia for $10. Not bad for 4000 miles. Haven't tried other countries lately.
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Canada has to pay for it's socialized medicine somehow.
this, and canadians, IMHO, got the better end of the deal.
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