Wednesday, April 21, 2010

International Shipping

So did I mention that I sent my first package for international shipping overseas? And I shipped it quite awhile ago, or so it seems. I'm wondering - How long does it take to go from California, USA to Singapore with mail? The winner of my first ever giveaway, as you might remember, was Crafty Pixels owner, Lucile. She is from Singapore. So I had the first package to travel overseas. To date, I've only had one other international order, and it was to Canada (and I had no problems with that). That order was received pretty quickly too. But I don't think Lucile has received her package yet. Hhhmmm...

I'm thinking about going to the Etsy forums to ask about this international shipping stuff. I don't think she's received it just yet (but maybe it's too soon), and now I'm wondering about things like insurance for the package and all that. I've heard people in the forums talk about "marking as a gift" for international orders, but I haven't seen any threads about lost packages, or length of time, or anything like that.

I'm trying to remember how long it takes regular mail to arrive internationally. I remember sending a postcard from Thailand to the U.S. when I took a trip there (a long time ago). I think I got back home a few days before the postcard arrived (and my trip was about a month long). So, if a postcard takes that long to get here from Asia, maybe a package (no matter how big or small) would take just as long...I wonder if the package would get there quicker if I had chosen a different method of shipping (like priority, instead of first class)? Probably. I guess these are things that I'm going to have to ask the post office. Or maybe my fellow Etsians can help me out in the forums as well.

If you're an Etsy shop owner, and you have some experience with international shipping, maybe you have some pointers for me? Feel free to leave me comments! I read comments, even if I don't always comment back (but I'm starting to do that now). I LOVE COMMENTS!!!

6 comments :

Art and Clasp said...

I also just sent my first international package, from California to Finland. On the USPS website, it said priority mail was going to be $14 and the estimated delivery was 6-10 business days, or first class was around $2 but no estimated delivery time (it just said "varies.") I gave the buyer the option and they chose first class. It arrived in 7 days, so she was very happy. I haven't sent something to Asia though so I can't advise there...

The one thing that drove me crazy about mailing internationally was physically going to the post office - I had to wait in a line for 30mins with 14 people ahead of me! It seems the post office near me has that kind of line almost any time of the day, even first thing in the morning people are queued up outside the door...

just B you said...

Wow! Thanks for the input, Art and Clasp. It's much appreciated. Seven days to get to Finland isn't bad at all! =)

I know what you mean about Post Office lines. Are they ever short???

I'm hoping more Etsians will comment on this. I've started a forum thread, but so far, not too many posts there. Right now I'm off to go stand in line at the post office...Shipping to Canada again. =)

Dyche Designs said...

I've sent items to the UK and Australia and they've typically taken about a week to get there, is there any way you can track the package to see where it is? Good luck.

Crafty Pixels Design said...

Hi Kim, I have not received the package. From my experience with Ebay, usually it will take about 1 month to reach Singapore... But I did receive a package less than a week by UPS Saver.

picciolo said...

hello! I've had those priority boxes delivered to me (in the UK) from the US, they can take a week but if they get stuck in customs it can be four weeks. I don't think you can add insurance to these either but they are a good cost effective way of sending things internationally
: )

just B you said...

Thank you all for commenting. Crafty, I hope you'll receive it soon. Just let me know when you do! =)
Thanks again, everyone.