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Donald M.
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Often Kickstarter games are more expensive if they do not have a fulfillment center in my country. The difference can be significant.

Can someone tell me what a fulfillment center is and how games are shipped without the receiver having to pay duty and other taxes?

For example, I know American Kickstarters often have no additional shipping whereas Canadians have to pay $20 USD. I suspect it is the cost of international postage and where the game is produced, often China.

Explanation welcomed.
 
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It's just where your package gets shipped from. The further you are from the shipping point, generally, the more money it cost to ship an item. More shipping centers means more people are close to one. A kickstarter specific fulfillment center means the company you backed a project with doesn't normally ship from that location and they are pay another company to handle that portion of the shipping.



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Donald M.
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cormor321 wrote:
It's just where your package gets shipped from. The further you are from the shipping point, generally, the more money it cost to ship an item. More shipping centers means more people are close to one. A kickstarter specific fulfillment center means the company you backed a project with doesn't normally ship from that location and they are pay another company to handle that portion of the shipping.





I see, fulfillment centers are like "hubs" to forward the game in bulk once received from the place of manufacture.

If one does not live in a country with a fulfillment center then the shipping is much more expensive. If you live in an obscure or not covered country you may be the only one to receive it, thus the high shipping. That's the way I read it.
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Its a place that causes angst and irritation to kickstarter backers, lol.
 
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Oiler1 wrote:
cormor321 wrote:
It's just where your package gets shipped from. The further you are from the shipping point, generally, the more money it cost to ship an item. More shipping centers means more people are close to one. A kickstarter specific fulfillment center means the company you backed a project with doesn't normally ship from that location and they are pay another company to handle that portion of the shipping.





I see, fulfillment centers are like "hubs" to forward the game in bulk once received from the place of manufacture.

If one does not live in a country with a fulfillment center then the shipping is much more expensive. If you live in an obscure or not covered country you may be the only one to receive it, thus the high shipping. That's the way I read it.


Yep, that's pretty much it.
 
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A fulfillment center can also be a partnership with a store. For instance Tasty Minstrel Games has used the Toronto board game cafe/store Snakes and Lattes for some Canadian fulfillment (I believe they cover eastern Canada and Starlit Citadel may cover western Canada).

And the shipper still has to pay the cross border duty/taxes. This is included either in the shipping costs or the overall campaign cost.
 
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