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Old 07-31-2007, 05:59 AM   #1
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I am selling some retired stamps on Ebay. I have listed that I will ship only to USA addresses, but someone from Australia sent me message requesting that I let her bid on the item. Has anyone shipped items there? Did it cost alot more? Is there anything I should know before doing it?
I would certainly like to be able to let her bid on the set - I just don't want to run into a lot of hassles with shipping and I don't want to end up paying extra out of my pocket to get it there.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:06 AM   #2
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I have shipped to Australia. If you go to usps you can see what it will cost.
Look under international shipping, put in the weight and the shipping choices will come up. I usually ship first class international.
If you have any other questions, please pm. me.
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I ship things to Australia all the time & have been doing it for about 10 years. Shipping to Australia is one of the most expensive countries to send things to. You will need to know the exact weight of the item and how you want to send it, air or ground. If you send it ground, it can take up to 3 months to get there. Some postal workers have told me 4-6 weeks, but I sent a Christmas gift one year at the end of October and it arrived the first week of February. I only send things airmail now. You will have to complete a customs form (there are 2 different types of forms & both are very easy to complete) they are provided free of charge at the post office. You will have to declare the entire contents of the package and indicate whether it is a gift (which is tax free to the receiver) or if it is goods that will require the receiver to pay additional custom taxes. It's really not any different than sending a package to someone within the U.S. it's just the customs forms that you need to complete. You should be able to find information on international rates on the US post office website. www.usps.com. hth!
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i buy form usa all the time as we are getting a good exchange rate especially at the moment....... I buy from a couple of scrap shops and usually cost me about $12(us) ...which I think is reasonable
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