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Old 12-08-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I have no idea where to post this question, hope the moderator doesn't mind!

I've been sending b'day and Christmas gifts to my niece in Germany for over 20 years, always by USPS. Not to be cheap but it's so expensive to ship. I try and buy light weight gifts since I'm on a budget. Yesterday I brought her box to post office and it was $50! Usually it's between $15 and $25 which is a lot. There was a long line and the person helping me was insisting that's the cost so I just paid it. I asked has anything changed that it would cost so much and he said no.

I left there upset because I can't really afford $50 to send one gift. I still have several gifts to send to other states. So my question is; Is there a way to send her money instead? She is in art school and can use the money. I'm guessing it would be less expensive to send money but more important, she could have had that $50 instead of me spending it on shipping. How do you send money as a gift to someone with the conversion to another country? Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Postal money order? Gift card? Traveler's checks?
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Postal money order? Gift card? Traveler's checks?
I don't know, can they all be purchased and used in Germany? What worries me about that is someone stealing them through the mail. I've had gift cards stolen that were mailed, envelopes opened with checks in it and my mother just had a money order that was sent to her stolen. I can put in a box and send one of those but then that defeats my purpose and have to pay for a package again.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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I believe visa gift cards can be used anywhere. You can buy them at target
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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good luck mailing anything of value international with the USPS.. first class anyways seems to go missing when it gets to chicago (thats my experience).
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Buy a gift card that has a separate activation number. Mail the gift card and when she receives it she can contact you for the code.

Or find a local (German) store that she likes to shop at and see if they sell their own or other branded gift cards. You might be able to make that purchase online.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Buy a gift card that has a separate activation number. Mail the gift card and when she receives it she can contact you for the code.

Or find a local (German) store that she likes to shop at and see if they sell their own or other branded gift cards. You might be able to make that purchase online.
Good idea.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I have no idea where to post this question, hope the moderator doesn't mind!

I've been sending b'day and Christmas gifts to my niece in Germany for over 20 years, always by USPS. Not to be cheap but it's so expensive to ship. I try and buy light weight gifts since I'm on a budget. Yesterday I brought her box to post office and it was $50! Usually it's between $15 and $25 which is a lot. There was a long line and the person helping me was insisting that's the cost so I just paid it. I asked has anything changed that it would cost so much and he said no.

I left there upset because I can't really afford $50 to send one gift. I still have several gifts to send to other states. So my question is; Is there a way to send her money instead? She is in art school and can use the money. I'm guessing it would be less expensive to send money but more important, she could have had that $50 instead of me spending it on shipping. How do you send money as a gift to someone with the conversion to another country? Thanks!
The USPS question:
Use the online click-n-ship for a discount and only use Flat Rate boxes to ship items.If they do not fit then consider a different type of gift. You can see the rates at USPS.com and click calculate then make the inputs for Germany.

Regarding sending money- Western Union. You can elect to make it payable in USD or Euros. No deducts on her end.

Paypal is doable as well if both you and the young lady have Paypal accts. No deducts if it is sent as a gift.
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