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Old 02-25-2010, 10:01 AM   #43
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artsy, a lot of companies do not "offer" tracking, but they use it and include it in the cost of shipping. This is also what I did when I shipped a lot of goods. I currently do most of my shopping online and have noticed in recent years that most companies are now using tracking (actually Delivery Confirmation) when they use USPS.

The point i was making with the PTI situation, is that their business choices (adding tracking and insurance) exclude them from utilizing the cheaper forms of mailing when shipping internationally. That is why the cost is so much higher. The price is starting around $19-$20 for the first weight increment of under one pound.

The only way they can get the price down for international packages is to forgo those protections. As I said, some companies may have decided to take the risks. And yes, that is the actual rates being charged by USPS. They cannot go Fedex or USPS because then Canadians get hit with huge brokerage fees at the border.
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