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Old 09-16-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
 
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I'm selling a pair of shoes on ebay, and I listed the shipping charge as $8.95 Priority Mail. I had a user contact me asking what I would charge to ship to France, and I have no idea what to tell her. I don't know the exact weight of the shoes; they're platform pumps so heavier than, say, a sneaker.

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 AM   #2
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http://ircalc.usps.gov/
Good resource that I always have bookmarked, tho I don't do intl ship...too much of a pita...g/l!
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Only words of advice I have is to check the cost carefully because I find that it costs a fortune to have stuff shipped from the USA to England.
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It's hard to say, because I don't have a postage scale. My bathroom scale says the shoes are 1 lb, but I know that's not nearly as sensitive as a postage scale (and it's not even digital). Plus I don't know what size box I would need, or anything like that. I'm tempted to tell her sorry, I only ship to US, but I'd hate to turn away a potential bidder (I have 8 watchers and 1 bidder, and the auction ends Sunday).
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It's still early...no worries
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You could always box it up, take it to the PO and have them weigh it and tell you the costs.
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$8.95 is probably exactly what it will cost to ship the shoes US Priority, so you won't be making any money if you sell them domestically.

But I would def try to make some money for an overseas sale b/c there is so much more risk (and I don't believe you can do Delivery Confirmation overseas) and you have to fill out the customs forms. I'd quote her the 1.5 lb or 2 lb amount...and keep the difference.
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$8.95 is probably exactly what it will cost to ship the shoes US Priority, so you won't be making any money if you sell them domestically.
I don't mind that too much, since I'll get a free box by shipping Priority Mail, so I won't have to pay for any additional supplies. And I'm selling another similar pair of shoes, so if one person wins both maybe I can mail them together (and give a slight discount to the buyer).

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But I would def try to make some money for an overseas sale b/c there is so much more risk (and I don't believe you can do Delivery Confirmation overseas) and you have to fill out the customs forms. I'd quote her the 1.5 lb or 2 lb amount...and keep the difference.
OK using the site Wile E posted and saying a 2lb package to France, it says it will be $29.75 for Priority Mail International. I wonder if I should just say $39.75, to leave a little room for error and handling charges?
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You could always box it up, take it to the PO and have them weigh it and tell you the costs.
I'm too lazy

Plus, going to the PO is always a pain with a 2-year-old in tow so I'd rather not make extra trips. And I don't want to package them up until they're sold, in case anyone asks me any additional questions about them.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:14 AM   #10
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between 10-15$ for overseas shipping first class is about right. i use to sell stuff and used the site Wile posted to determine the cost. you also need to ask how fast they want their things. let the buyer know the shipping charges for priority, first, class overnight etc and let them choose. from my experience they always go for the cheapest.

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Pixie, this is a weird suggestion, I know, but do you have a food scale? If I have something that's less than 5 lbs., I weigh it on my food scale sometimes. I always round up to the next highest pound (and weigh the whole package, box, shoes, packing stuff, so that you get pretty close). I just put the box on its narrow side so that it fits on the scale.
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Pixie, this is a weird suggestion, I know, but do you have a food scale? If I have something that's less than 5 lbs., I weigh it on my food scale sometimes. I always round up to the next highest pound (and weigh the whole package, box, shoes, packing stuff, so that you get pretty close). I just put the box on its narrow side so that it fits on the scale.
That's actually a great idea, but unfortunately I don't have a food scale. I also don't even have a box yet, I plan to just get one when I'm at the PO to ship them, since I know you get a free box for Priority Mail (at least domestic, not sure about international).
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Ok, how about this...
weigh yourself without the package, then weigh yourself with the package?
have the po pick up the package?
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I don't mind going to the post office once to ship the package. While I am there, I will get a box (hopefully free with Priority Mail) and package up the shoes. So I won't be able to determine ACTUAL shipping until that point.

My bathroom scale (dial, not digital) said the shoes alone are 1 lb. So if I overestimate to 2lb (leaving a margin for error, and to include packaging materials), the USPS website says $29.75 to France for Priority Mail International. So if I tell the bidder that I charge $39.75 for shipping to France, that should leave some wiggle room in case I'm inaccurate plus a few extra bucks for me going to the trouble to ship internationally.
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Make sure to find out about duties and taxes...I got royally burned when I sold a very expensive piece of medical equipment on eBay recently. It was my own ignorance, having never shipped anything internationally before, but the buyer knew...and he knew I didn't know. He also knew about my job loss. And, when I told him about it, showed him the charges that I paid to his country's gov't...he demanded proof...when I showed him the irrefutable proof...I never heard from him again. It wasn't good enough that he got a great deal on a money-making piece of equipment.

He didn't care about all the trouble and extra cost I had to go through to ship something like that to him internationally--which I did as a favor to him.

Of course, they wouldn't be much on your shoes...jus' sayin'.
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Make sure to find out about duties and taxes...I got royally burned when I sold a very expensive piece of medical equipment on eBay recently. It was my own ignorance, having never shipped anything internationally before, but the buyer knew...and he knew I didn't know. He also knew about my job loss. And, when I told him about it, showed him the charges that I paid to his country's gov't...he demanded proof...when I showed him the irrefutable proof...I never heard from him again. It wasn't good enough that he got a great deal on a money-making piece of equipment.

Of course, they wouldn't be much on your shoes...jus' sayin'.
Damn, I already e-mailed her that it would be $39.75... let's just hope somebody else wins the auction so I don't have to worry about it.
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Make sure to find out about duties and taxes...I got royally burned when I sold a very expensive piece of medical equipment on eBay recently. It was my own ignorance, having never shipped anything internationally before, but the buyer knew...and he knew I didn't know. He also knew about my job loss. And, when I told him about it, showed him the charges that I paid to his country's gov't...he demanded proof...when I showed him the irrefutable proof...I never heard from him again. It wasn't good enough that he got a great deal on a money-making piece of equipment.

Of course, they wouldn't be much on your shoes...jus' sayin'.
Damn, I already e-mailed her that it would be $39.75... let's just hope somebody else wins the auction so I don't have to worry about it.
It won't be much, if anything at all. Don't worry. My item was in the quintuple digits, and the duties and taxes were in the quadruple digits, so you'll be ok either way.
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$40 Bucks sounds like a lot for international shipping on a pair of shoes...too much in fact. I've had stuff shipped from Europe (mostly clothing items) and never paid more than $20.
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We got burned by a sale to someone in Canada once so we never sell anything to international buyers. I highly recommend limiting to domestic buyers only in the future.

ETA: I mean burned in the sense of calculating shipping costs and the time it took to mail the item. We lost money on the deal.
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Yeah I can't imagine she'll be willing to pay the $39.75 for shipping on top of whatever the winning bid is for the shoes. They're nice shoes (Michael Kors) in a hard-to-find size, and I only wore them a couple of times, but it still seems like a lot to pay. I wouldn't do it, so hopefully she won't either and someone domestic will win the auction.
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