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    Just a question to sellers on the board. Why do some sellers put "only ship to US addresses"? I saw a pattern the other day that I would have bought, but I'm from Canada.I respect their decision, and I know that it costs more to ship to Canada, but I would have willingly paid the extra cost.
    Just wondering.................

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    I have the same question!

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    actually it is not a lot more....and we Canadians are always willing to pay the extra.....can`t understand either...curious to know as well

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    Because it can be a bit tricky to figure out postage and some people have had negative experiences shipping to Canada(me included).

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    In my case; Because it usually cost $14.95 to ship international and sometimes the seller cannot afford to pay the shipping of $14.95 fee.

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    I got stung once. I had a price of the shipping, then a lady from Canada answered and wanted item, not telling me she was from Cananda, and made me stick to that price. SO, I did, but ended up losing money, plus I had a hard time figuring out customs. I have sent things to Cananda, but want people to know that the price of shipping I quoted is only for USA so I dont lose money again.

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    but if we are willing to pay for the international shipping why would it really be an issue? I have an US address that I can use but it has to have a receipt attached to it and sometimes that is more of a hassel then just getting it shipped to Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    I got stung once. I had a price of the shipping, then a lady from Canada answered and wanted item, not telling me she was from Cananda, and made me stick to that price. SO, I did, but ended up losing money, plus I had a hard time figuring out customs. I have sent things to Cananda, but want people to know that the price of shipping I quoted is only for USA so I dont lose money again.
    That happened to me before on here, when I was first selling.

    I paid more for the international shipping than what I sold the item.

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    All the seller would have to do is list the item and say international shipping extra. Cost upon request or some such thing.

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    I think you can't ship to Canada from the self-serve/automated mailing kiosks. Standing in line adds to the hassle factor. Actually, I once mailed a giveaway to Canada, my treat, but that's because I love Canadians :) I was rescued off the highway after being hit by a semi in the Ice Storm of 1998. A family put me up for 3 days while I waited to fly home. The Rosseau/LeMieux family. "LeMieux" means "the best"- and they were, may God bless them.

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    Dakotamaid, thats a great idea. I will do that next time. I have had people pm me and say, can you ship to******, and I am willing as long as they KNOW the shipping will be alot more! Have mailed to Austrailia, Canada, Netherlands, but its so much more.

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    a very nice lady sent me two boxes of color catchers so i could try them out and it cost her just a bit over three dollars. True, sometimes the cost of shipping is not worth it but other times it is well worth it. I do agree though , there must be an understanding between the two parties....i was just curious to know if it is more trouble than mailing it in the States aside figuring out the cost of shipping?
    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
    actually it is not a lot more....and we Canadians are always willing to pay the extra.....can`t understand either...curious to know as well

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    that`s a good idea!!
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    All the seller would have to do is list the item and say international shipping extra. Cost upon request or some such thing.

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    I have sold fabrics to many all over the world, never had a problem. Wording in your ad is important.

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    I had a hard time figuring out the customs slips. A lady in Austrailia actually helped me do that. Not sure about figuring prices as I always go to the PO and have them do it, lol!

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    I have always shipped to Canada on here as well as in my etsy store. I know that my Canadian buyers are more than willing to pay the extra shipping but about 6 months ago I seriously debated not shipping to Canada because of the HUGE headache I received later.

    I made some crib bumpers that I had sold for 75.00 in my etsy store. The lady was very happy to find ones that matched the quilt that someone had given her as a baby gift :) Same fabrics and all! So I shipped them to her and she was furious about the horrendous fees that came due on delivery. She was so mad at me! She said that she had paid the shipping and did not think that it was fair that she should have to pay anymore. I paid the shipping fees on my end. Not being from Canada, I had no idea what the fees were for or why she had been charged them. It is not my country and I do not understand how the Canadian government does things. After numerous calls on both ends we fund out how the fees were all broke down. We were able to get the charge on delivery reduced but it was still a good size fee. We found out that it was basically a random search fee charge and brokerage fees or something else yadda yadda yadda. Not really sure. Part of the problem was that I shipped with UPS not through the regular mail. I didn't realize that it would make any difference. I had looked a couple places for a good sized box to fit them in since they are long and skinny and ended up just going there to buy the box and ship it there to avoid any more hassle. Anyways I ended up splitting the fees with her. Basically just to keep peace and to avoid a negative review by her. I lost hours trying to figure it all out. And after paying the additional fees on the bumper pads (which I had already discounted) I ended up losing money on the whole deal. It cost me in the end.

    I have since shipped to Canada but I have been really nervous about it every time. Honestly if I have another bad experience like that I probably wont ship there again. I know that it is unfair to you guys as the buyer but a huge headache is unfair to the seller too :(

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    UPS does charge very high brokerage fees. Shipping through the mail is a much better option

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    The only thing that is a hassle to me is when in line at the PO and you're shipping to Canada, you have to get out of line to fill out the customs forms. Then get back in line to finalize the mailing. That part is just a big hassle especially if you use a busy post office. If USPS could do a better job of providing info, it would help greatly. Mainly it's just a time factor when you're trying to mail out several things.

    I don't mind doing it at all but this could be one of the issues. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
    a very nice lady sent me two boxes of color catchers so i could try them out and it cost her just a bit over three dollars. True, sometimes the cost of shipping is not worth it but other times it is well worth it. I do agree though , there must be an understanding between the two parties....i was just curious to know if it is more trouble than mailing it in the States aside figuring out the cost of shipping?
    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
    actually it is not a lot more....and we Canadians are always willing to pay the extra.....can`t understand either...curious to know as well
    Several people have commented why it's harder. And truth be told, if I can sell something in the U.S. without the headaches I will do so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    The only thing that is a hassle to me is when in line at the PO and you're shipping to Canada, you have to get out of line to fill out the customs forms. Then get back in line to finalize the mailing. That part is just a big hassle especially if you use a busy post office. If USPS could do a better job of providing info, it would help greatly. Mainly it's just a time factor when you're trying to mail out several things.

    I don't mind doing it at all but this could be one of the issues. :)
    Next time fill out your custom forms at home first and this will speed up your timing; or grab a handful of Custom Forms for your future International mailing.
    I grab handfuls of Custom tickets and have them ready and filled before mailing. This practice makes you and Postal Clerk happy.
    You can also Pre-pay your future mailing for a Flat rate envelope/Priority mailing, or selected mailing with pre-paid postage from the Post Office


    *I like to mail international but Canada is different from the other Countries that I have been mailing to lately.
    No offense to the Canadians, but the postal system is different in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    The only thing that is a hassle to me is when in line at the PO and you're shipping to Canada, you have to get out of line to fill out the customs forms. Then get back in line to finalize the mailing. That part is just a big hassle especially if you use a busy post office. If USPS could do a better job of providing info, it would help greatly. Mainly it's just a time factor when you're trying to mail out several things.

    I don't mind doing it at all but this could be one of the issues. :)
    Here they give me the customs form and let me pay for the shipping and go off fill out the forms and just drop it back off at the front. no need to stand in line again. I also got a bunch of extra customs forms the last time I went so I could fill them out in advanced.

    We did just have a postal strike so that may explain some recent things that happened.

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    I have never refused to ship anywhere lol I try to keep the extra forms here or do it online. Most everyone outside of the US acknowlege that the shipping cost will be high and are willing to pay it. I have found that parcel post is sometimes alot cheaper than priority flat rate and it only takes maybe a day or two longer. I just go in and tell them I want the cheapest rate possible!!! yes sometimes it takes two trips - I like to let the buyer make the final decision on shipping costs. Now that I have a scale I can do it all from home and drop it off at po or even the local grocery store for mailing!!! I do usually take to po though so I make sure I put enough postage on it - dont want that package coming back. lol

    We welcome members from outside the US and use their ideas and enjoy their company - Isnt it worth it to go a little out of our way?? It is for me!!!

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    I have never had a problem shipping to Canada or anywhere. I don't post it in my ads that I will ship here or there, because I will ship anywhere.....hmmm....must have Dr Seuss on the brain!!! LOL

    I figure when they say they are from Canada, I tell them the shipping to Canada, they know before they ask that shipping will be more.

    I do special things for them occasionally, like sending the item for the cost and not charging shipping. Or only charging shipping that would be Stateside price. It's not their fault that shipping is so much more.

    The customs labels are usually just the green ones, they are smaller and easier than the A forms.

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    I can't really understand why either if the person is willing to pay for shipping. I have shipped scraps worth $10 to UK and shipping was about $14 and the buyer was ok with it. The only issue i guess would be the insurance since i can't get international insurance unless through a third party which is a hassle. Once i ship it won't be my responsibility and i provide tracking always for reference...IMHO

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    I don't mind shipping things to other countries as long as the buyer is willing to pay the extra shipping cost. I shipped an AccuQuilt Go! to Canada and sent it UPS. The UPS person did all the paper work, just asked me a few questions and I was good to go. And it made it without a scratch on it! Yeah!!

    I feel sad for those in other countries who don't have access to all that we do, fabric wise, that is, and have to pay such high prices. I am more than willing to help someone out.

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