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Offline MidnightRarity

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I recently had people interested in purchasing some of my regular sized G4 ponies (like 1 or 2 of them, aka not that heavy). I was wondering how much the cheapest shipping (1st class us?) option would be, and a how much a rough estimate would be to ship to places like Canada and the U.K.? They would be shipped in bubble mailers!

I've seen some people use stamps on bubble mailed before, would that work?

I'm sorry, it's just that I've been looking online for an idea on the prices, but no to no avail! I just don't want to have the buyer be upset at a mistake I hope to not make!

Thank you so much for helping!!
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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 02:28:13 AM »
Gonna jump in and say it's a better bet to go and pay the postage at the post office if not through paypal. Stamps are worth 50 cents each right now, and with even domestic shipping my bubble mailers have been sent to a city away for $3.75, which would be 8 stamps and I'd be losing 25 cents. The amount of stamps needed to send postage above 3 oz does vary, but it's a better investment to pay the exact amount.
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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 02:34:08 AM »
I use the usps website.  There are various weight cut-offs so be aware of those.  For example, you can only send first class up to a certain weight and dollar value if shipping overseas.  Also, for example, lets say you are sending a package to the UK.  If it is 8 oz or less, it costs $14.00.  Any fraction over 8 oz and you are paying at least $23.50

https://postcalc.usps.com

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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 02:58:48 AM »
If you want a general idea without a specific country in mind, this is a link to the international rate chart showing all the possible first class rates (make sure you're reading the section for the package rates). https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#_c341

Using stamps should work, but you would still need a customs form.  (Not sure if you'd get any tracking that way though.)
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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 03:00:48 AM »
I recently began selling (just through eBay for now), but I use USPS First-Class Package International Service for any international shipping. Here is everything I researched beforehand to help prepare myself for international shipping (it's been extremely easy so far):

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So! That's a lot of information, but I believe it's all important and relevant. The Click-N-Ship tool will basically guide you through the whole process and set up everything for you, and the postal workers will be able to help you as well. I've done it several times, and I have yet to have a problem or be confused about what I'm doing. And all of my packages made it to their destinations safely.

I hope this can help you!


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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 07:03:45 PM »
I use the usps website.  There are various weight cut-offs so be aware of those.  For example, you can only send first class up to a certain weight and dollar value if shipping overseas.  Also, for example, lets say you are sending a package to the UK.  If it is 8 oz or less, it costs $14.00.  Any fraction over 8 oz and you are paying at least $23.50

https://postcalc.usps.com

Those are the prices I was going to mention for the UK. A single pony is basically $14 and then the next grade is $23.50.

They look less horrible in £ though :) I think for those of us who buy from the US a lot, that's the kind of rate we've come to expect. I bought a bunch of G4 from someone in the US before Christmas (3 or 4) and they were able to send them on the $14 rate. One did have very cut hair though.

Best option - if you have a small set of scales, weigh the ponies in the bubble mailer with a bit of extra packing then go calculate on the USPS site so you know for sure. Scales are really useful for pony shipping.
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Re: What are standard international shipping prices for bubble mailers?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2018, 06:18:36 PM »
Yes I agree if you are going to sell  you need some sort of scale.  It doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive thing out there. I actually use a food scale I already had for mailers of one or two ponies, but you will be surprised just how expensive it can be.  The thing is if you are shipping from the USA you will have to pay  more because a pony is more than 1/4 inch thick and that raises the price as whether its in a mailer or not it will then go box rate.  So, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these detail like size of the mailer, thickness of the mailer and the weight.  Once you put all of that in to the online website they will tell you exactly how much it will cost to mail whatever you wish to ship to where ever you want it to go.

Oh it looks like pikkupapupata mentioned this and it was under a spoiler and I didn't see it lol.  I need to read through the threads more before I post.  Sorry about that one.  Good luck with your selling. ;)
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