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International Shipping : questions and comments on shipping internationally

re: question about BMing out of Canada

@Ellelarondelle, I don't think it makes a great deal of difference for most countries where in the country, it's pretty much the same for the whole country. The States you may want to have a zip code to check, because it might vary a bit, I'm not sure.


@Melanie, My assumption was that the moocher was attempting to get a deal for the three books

Cara
6 months, 15 days ago
re: question about BMing out of Canada

It, of course, depends on what country you are mailing to, but generally it is better to mail internationally than domestically in Canada. I would go to the Canada Post webpage and figure out how much it will cost to mail the package at the cheapest rate (surface to Europe, airmail to the States). Or, if that seems too difficult, go to the post office with the package and get the best price you can. You do not want to spend more than $3 per point (closer to $2.50 is better), so if the package is more than $18 to mail I would say no, and explain that you will only send them for the full 9 points. I sometimes offer deals for multiple mooches, but usually to the States if I know I will be driving over the border to mail the package or for quite small books.

Cara
6 months, 16 days ago
re: Patience! International shipping takes time

Yes indeed. The Canada Post donkey cart and rowboat system can take the entire 4 months allotted for international mooches if not more.

Cara
2 years ago
re: Bye bye padded envelopes

Do you have Tyvek envelopes available in France? I have received quite a few books in them and the reused them to mail others. They are waterproof and seem really strong. They don't cushion against bumps but when thickness is an issue (as in our domestic postage) or weight, they are great. I have cut them and used them to wrap books tightly as well. When I have had to mail books without the extra padding of bubble wrap because of weight or thickness issues I have always let the moocher know that before accepting the mooch and it has always been okay.

Cara
2 years ago
re: France - overseas economy rate abolished?

@MM35 go to Member Home ----> Account ----> Your Profile Scroll down it's at the bottom. You an select either world wide or ask first.

Cara
2 years ago
re: Buying online instead of shipping myself - waddaya think?

@jacquie I think the reason it might make sense for some people financially, were if they were in a country where English used books are hard to get and expensive to order through the Internet. (Prior to Betterworldbooks free shipping to Canada, for example, Amazon.com shipping added $7 to the price of a used book). If they bought a book from Amazon.com or Betterworldbooks to mail to a U.S. address, it would be cheaper than the cost of postage from their country, and they would get three points that they could, in turn, use to mooch a book internationally from someone in the Bookmooch community who would be willing to mail a book to them. Hope that made sense.

Cara
3 years ago
re: Buying online instead of shipping myself - waddaya think?

When you add a book to your inventory, the message is "this book is now listed as a book you own and are willing to send" or something like that. I think the expectation is that people are not listing books they, in fact, do not own. I am not sure how anyone would be able to tell if that is what someone was doing. If ordering books online and having them sent to people who mooch from you works for you financially, and everyone is happy with the transaction, I don't think it would cause a problem, but I don't speak for the people in charge and others might feel differently.

Cara
3 years ago
re: Buying online instead of shipping myself - waddaya think?

I personally wouldn't mind, although you would have to only do this with books you actually had a copy of otherwise since you can't offer books you don't have a copy of. I would make sure you have the full agreement of the moocher because you can't actually guarantee the condition the same way you can in you have the book in hand. You could also send new books from Bookdepository for less than the cost of postage for many books. I've been tempted to do that with domestic mooches here in Canada when the price to mail the book has exceeded the cost of the book new. If the moocher doesn't have a concern about condition, Betterworldbooks has free shipping to many places as well. I don't know whether TPTB would feel that this is against the TOS of Bookmooch.

Cara
3 years ago
re: International Sending from Canada

Hi, welcome to Bookmooch. If you send surface the prices are not usually that bad, especially if you encourage multi-mooches. If the books were coming *from* the States, wouldn't it have been Canadian Border Services checking the packages? Once the points for an international mooch go up to 3 it is going to make less and less financial sense for Canadians to use Bookmooch (sadly). Cara

Cara
3 years ago
re: International Sending from Canada

Hi Eunice, welcome. Absolutely mark the books as "gift". That way no one has to pay duty. Send the cheapest way (surface). Up to 500 grams to the U.S. and up to 1 kg to anywhere else is quite reasonable so multi-mooches are a good idea. Within Canada, the only cheap option is for books 2 cm or less. Package as flat as possible in a envelope with flap, seams and edges reinforced with tape. If you are lucky, the postal clerk will let you send it as "letter". Otherwise, mail within Canada is crazily expensive. Outside your province is around $10 for paperback. I usually ask that my fellow Canadians mooch 3. Larger books I put in the condition notes that I will not mail them to fellow Canadians. If you live in the Toronto area you can go to a mooch meet and trade books that way, or arrange to meet another moocher somewhere to exchange books. The only other place in Canada I have heard that happening is in the Vancouver area. There aren't enough of us elsewhere. Check out my bio for other ideas and happy mooching!

Cara
3 years ago
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