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#1 2013-02-25 6:33pm

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Canadian Members: Share your experiences shipping to the US

As many of you know, the USPS recently raised shipping rates across the board for both domestic and international shipping. Last week I shipped a Profile 5 5/8" GDH spindle in a small bubble-wrap envelope from New York to British Columbia. Total cost was $9.15, USD. If the package had not had more than a 1/4" variation in thickness, it would have been $4.35.

This service is known as International Parcel and it does not include tracking once the parcel leaves the states. Approximate shipping-time is 7-10 days. The next higher level of service is Priority International, which would have been $19.95, and estimated at 6-10 days. Again, no tracking once the item passes the US border.

Express Mail International--the highest level of service-would have been $34.95 and expected delivery is 3-5 business days. This option comes with tracking.

My question to you is: what does it cost for you to send various packages this way, and does it include tracking door-to-door? A variety of items and experiences would be greatly appreciated--even though it will not change anything on our end. In the end, it's about perspective.

Out of respect to your superior beer and sport, I will continue shipping your way, but I wonder when the shipping costs will become too much for you to bear?

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#2 2013-02-26 4:07pm

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You guys are now pretty much on par with Canada Post for rates now. I send packages to the USA by Small Packet Air (not frames, bars, forks ect) and that will take 2 weeks to get to the destination in the USA. No tracking but it is insured. This method has never let me down yet. The odd time there is a delay and it takes 3 weeks but that could simply be a customs issue and is rare.

If I was to send a pair of grips to the USA, which I'm about to do tonight, it will cost me $11 for a small 9" x 6" x 4" box. If I was to send that with tracking, it would probably cost me $20 and take 2 weeks.

Frames cost me around $85-$95 to send down there with tracking and insurance. Bars and forks I'd send insured/trackable too and that is roughly $37 shipping charge for around 2 weeks or slightly less.

I don't mind the higher cost of shipping for parts coming up here. It is what it is and I don't mind paying actual shipping. Just don't make cash off me for shipping and I don't mind. Nothing sucks more then getting nailed $10 extra for shipping for a small item and then seeing the $3.25 postage stamp.

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#3 2013-02-26 5:21pm

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The idea of making a profit on shipping really bothers me, too. It's a major issue with Ebay and one of the reasons I try to never buy using that method. Too many people there up-charge on shipping to recoup the fees that they lose when selling on the Bay.

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#4 2013-02-27 9:36am

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Coco wrote:

You guys are now pretty much on par with Canada Post for rates now. I send packages to the USA by Small Packet Air (not frames, bars, forks ect) and that will take 2 weeks to get to the destination in the USA. No tracking but it is insured. This method has never let me down yet. The odd time there is a delay and it takes 3 weeks but that could simply be a customs issue and is rare.

If I was to send a pair of grips to the USA, which I'm about to do tonight, it will cost me $11 for a small 9" x 6" x 4" box. If I was to send that with tracking, it would probably cost me $20 and take 2 weeks.

Frames cost me around $85-$95 to send down there with tracking and insurance. Bars and forks I'd send insured/trackable too and that is roughly $37 shipping charge for around 2 weeks or slightly less.

I don't mind the higher cost of shipping for parts coming up here. It is what it is and I don't mind paying actual shipping. Just don't make cash off me for shipping and I don't mind. Nothing sucks more then getting nailed $10 extra for shipping for a small item and then seeing the $3.25 postage stamp.

Always print your shipping label through paypal (it's cheaper)
I shipped a frame and fork to California yesterday for $43 smile
Chainrings, padsets are generally around $6-$9 in a bubble envelope.
Wheels and tires seems to be the most costly... wheels and are up in the $45-$50 area and tires around $30.
Complete bikes are around $75, i even shipped a 24" complete with wheels and all and it was just over $100.

For forks, cranksets and similar are borderline, the price is less if you can keep the weight under 1kg (2.2 lbs)... once it goes over that the price goes up a lot.

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#5 2013-02-27 1:13pm

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Thanks for the feedback, Johnny. It's also cheaper to get USPS postage online than it is to pay for it in the PO.

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#6 2013-02-27 1:44pm

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Johnnny wrote:

Coco wrote:

You guys are now pretty much on par with Canada Post for rates now. I send packages to the USA by Small Packet Air (not frames, bars, forks ect) and that will take 2 weeks to get to the destination in the USA. No tracking but it is insured. This method has never let me down yet. The odd time there is a delay and it takes 3 weeks but that could simply be a customs issue and is rare.

If I was to send a pair of grips to the USA, which I'm about to do tonight, it will cost me $11 for a small 9" x 6" x 4" box. If I was to send that with tracking, it would probably cost me $20 and take 2 weeks.

Frames cost me around $85-$95 to send down there with tracking and insurance. Bars and forks I'd send insured/trackable too and that is roughly $37 shipping charge for around 2 weeks or slightly less.

I don't mind the higher cost of shipping for parts coming up here. It is what it is and I don't mind paying actual shipping. Just don't make cash off me for shipping and I don't mind. Nothing sucks more then getting nailed $10 extra for shipping for a small item and then seeing the $3.25 postage stamp.

Always print your shipping label through paypal (it's cheaper)
I shipped a frame and fork to California yesterday for $43 smile
Chainrings, padsets are generally around $6-$9 in a bubble envelope.
Wheels and tires seems to be the most costly and are up in the $40-$50 area.
Complete bikes are around $75, i even shipped a 24" complete with wheels and all and it was just over $100.

For forks, cranksets and similar are borderline, the price is less if you can keep the weight under 1kg... once it goes over that the price goes up a lot.

Good info that I did not know.

I was unaware we could print shipping labels now in Canada. Good news since I'll be listing some hubs and forks for sale soon.

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#7 2013-02-27 5:12pm

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teachbmxcharlie wrote:

Thanks for the feedback, Johnny. It's also cheaper to get USPS postage online than it is to pay for it in the PO.

No worries. This section is going to be helpful for lots of members. cool

Coco wrote:

Johnnny wrote:

Coco wrote:

You guys are now pretty much on par with Canada Post for rates now. I send packages to the USA by Small Packet Air (not frames, bars, forks ect) and that will take 2 weeks to get to the destination in the USA. No tracking but it is insured. This method has never let me down yet. The odd time there is a delay and it takes 3 weeks but that could simply be a customs issue and is rare.

If I was to send a pair of grips to the USA, which I'm about to do tonight, it will cost me $11 for a small 9" x 6" x 4" box. If I was to send that with tracking, it would probably cost me $20 and take 2 weeks.

Frames cost me around $85-$95 to send down there with tracking and insurance. Bars and forks I'd send insured/trackable too and that is roughly $37 shipping charge for around 2 weeks or slightly less.

I don't mind the higher cost of shipping for parts coming up here. It is what it is and I don't mind paying actual shipping. Just don't make cash off me for shipping and I don't mind. Nothing sucks more then getting nailed $10 extra for shipping for a small item and then seeing the $3.25 postage stamp.

Always print your shipping label through paypal (it's cheaper)
I shipped a frame and fork to California yesterday for $43 smile
Chainrings, padsets are generally around $6-$9 in a bubble envelope.
Wheels and tires seems to be the most costly and are up in the $40-$50 area.
Complete bikes are around $75, i even shipped a 24" complete with wheels and all and it was just over $100.

For forks, cranksets and similar are borderline, the price is less if you can keep the weight under 1kg... once it goes over that the price goes up a lot.

Good info that I did not know.

I was unaware we could print shipping labels now in Canada. Good news since I'll be listing some hubs and forks for sale soon.

Yeah man, once you start printing online you'll never look back. I just use a $10 scale i got off ebay, works great plus you don't have to deal with the lineups... you just walk on up and say "this is ready to go" and they say "Thanks!" tongue

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#8 2013-02-27 5:43pm

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Re: Canadian Members: Share your experiences shipping to the US

Our rates went up recently here as well, and lost one service into the US. On Feb 11 Canada Post ended Small Package Surface, which included no tracking. I could send just about anything I could fit into a 4x6 bubble envelope for $5.67. Now all small packages into the US will have a tracking, and the cost for the same envelope is now $8.67.


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