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Old 01-12-2019, 07:03 AM
 
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Sorry another shipping question. Despite the rapidly shrinking physical media industry I've been successful with selling DVDs, CDs and books in America and would like to expand my client base. Single items wouldn't make sense for the cost, but I would be interested in selling bulk orders. Like orders of 10-20 DVDs or so which would weigh from 3 to 7 pounds or so. I've read some options that I would have looked into otherwise may not be possible given the weight of my items.

What would be my absolute cheapest option for shipping and is there anything else I should have in mind as far as international selling?
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:13 AM
 
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Why focus on absolute cheapest, why not just let your customers decide? Some don't want to wait months for a package.

We let our online international customers decide from 1st Class - extremely slow, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express or UPS.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:37 PM
 
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You can price USPS shipping, domestically and internationally, on usps.com.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:40 PM
 
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You can price USPS shipping, domestically and internationally, on usps.com.
It's very expensive these days. I used to ship quite a few books, and it was about $5 for US Priority, maybe $6 for Canadian Intl Priority, and $10 to most European destinations. I could charge a few flat rates and eat a bit of the cost for the convenience and customer satisfaction.

Now I ship Media Mail to the US and at-cost everywhere else.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:58 PM
 
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Why focus on absolute cheapest, why not just let your customers decide? Some don't want to wait months for a package.

We let our online international customers decide from 1st Class - extremely slow, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express or UPS.
I think Amazon offering free shipping on everything ruined a lot of people’s expectations. I’ve had cases where I had things sit around for months unsold. Then I actually marked up the prices, but labeled them as free shipping. They weren’t sitting around much longer after that.

Offering different shipping options on my own website is one thing, but when you sell across multiple platforms where competition is much more obvious anything other than free just isn’t an option.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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Purolator is an efficient option for eastern Canada, Canada post is an option that is slower but may be cheaper. I would offer an option for Canadians who live close to the border and have a mailbox in the US.

If you sell on Amazon you may want to send some FBA products to Canada in bulk. Or you can activate the multichannel fulfillment where Amazon takes care of your shipping, even if the CD orders are placed on your own website, etc.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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Purolator is an efficient option for eastern Canada, Canada post is an option that is slower but may be cheaper. I would offer an option for Canadians who live close to the border and have a mailbox in the US.

If you sell on Amazon you may want to send some FBA products to Canada in bulk. Or you can activate the multichannel fulfillment where Amazon takes care of your shipping, even if the CD orders are placed on your own website, etc.
Thank you for your insight!

I heard good things about Canada Post. How does it work exactly if you’re shipping from the US? I would guess you can just print out the labels from their website, but after that is it okay just to throw the package in a big blue mailbox?

I sell a little bit on Amazon, but haven’t used FBA yet. I’ve heard some negative things about it and right now the expense would dig too deep into my profits. I’m by no means ruling it out, but have to grow more to justify it.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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Thank you for your insight!

I heard good things about Canada Post. How does it work exactly if you’re shipping from the US? I would guess you can just print out the labels from their website, but after that is it okay just to throw the package in a big blue mailbox?

I sell a little bit on Amazon, but haven’t used FBA yet. I’ve heard some negative things about it and right now the expense would dig too deep into my profits. I’m by no means ruling it out, but have to grow more to justify it.
I'm honestly not sure how that would work, to print Canada Post labels and mail something from the US, may not be possible. I had a distributor within Canada (which is too darn expensive), and they took care of that. But you can ship via USPS and once it gets passed Canadian customs, then Canada Post will finish the delivery and the tracking number is transparent, giving more details on canadapost.ca once it reached into Canada.

FBA eats into profits but the listing will become more attractive on Amazon if FBA ships it. I agree that the goal long term should be not to rely on Amazon, but for gaining reviews and credibility Amazon may be a good route to begin with if you're in this for the long term. But never rely on Amazon, one competitor can bash your product and it happens all the time.
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