I vote for keeping international shipping. I think most curlies are totally understanding about things getting held up in customs or just delayed in the mail.
Now me personally, I'm not as understanding about people mailing super late in the game. We all know the deadline, we all know things can take awhile this time of year, we should all make the effort to ship early (barring illness, emergencies, etc, of course).
I would actually like the name exchange to happen the first of November so I have more time to shop (since I do most of my shopping online).