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Subject: How do I send a game internationally for cheap? rss

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Matt Sims
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So I have now had two people order my games off of the marketplace from different countries. I have contacted FedEx, UPS, and USPS to see what their shipping costs would be and they are coming out to $60 - $120 to ship a package to Europe or Japan.

Am I doing something wrong? Is there a better way to get a cheaper rate? I would like to make something work so I can send these games off.

Thanks for any help.
 
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Joe Huber

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If you have a time machine handy, go back in time to when international surface mail was an option.

Absent that, anything under 4 pounds is expensive, and anything over is really expensive.
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G Schulteis
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That's about the size of it.
 
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Bryan Thunkd
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International shipping is expensive. Worse, if anything goes wrong, and the buyer doesn't receive the package or gets a damaged package, it's a royal pain to get resolved. I have no interest in shipping internationally after having two problem shipments.
 
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Kenny khek
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You can request your buyer to use package forwarding services like comgateway or vpost etc. It is way way cheaper.
 
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Newson Ly
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I live in Canada and it's expensive to ship the the US or vice versa, so I would imagine it's even more expensive to go overseas. Tough luck, you should let your buyers know that shipping is really expensive.
 
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Adam Trzonkowski
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As a side note, if you go USPS for international be sure you get the right kind of shipping for the options you want (tracking, insurance, etc). We used first class shipping for our Kickstarter, which was "affordable" but there is no recourse if a package goes missing.

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Justin Case
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What everyone else said!

Even shipping "in country" is no fun at all these days, but when you add in the outrageous costs, the hassle, the paperwork, and the dismaying tendency for packages to disappear when they cross borders, international shipping quickly becomes a total non-option for a lot of folks.

It's probably of no use to the OP now without a good deal of luck, but this problem is one reason why it's fairly commonplace to see forum listings looking for someone to do a favor and be a "game mule", bringing a US game to Essen, for example.

I wonder if there are enough of us traveling to make a subforum practical? Folks could post in a defined area, seeking to find someone to carry a game, or offering to carry a game. I know that if I were to be taking a trip of any length, I'd be quite happy to carry a few games in my car if that would help someone out.
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Carel Teijgeler
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Strange.

I recently bought something on line from the US and the shipping cost to Europe were under $24 for that package, sent via USPS International Surface Air Lift.

Perhaps web shops can get cheaper rates than individuals, but still...

Otherwise, you know where to go to for your next holiday. laugh
 
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