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Lady Clara


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:35 am    Post subject: Postal type charges - help!! Reply with quote

I'm having to quote courier costs to get a piece of leather to Ojai, CALIFORNIA, USA (No idea why she used capitals for the last bits).

Cheapest I have got (for a lump of dead cow in pretty colours weighing 1.5 kg) is....

Parcel force
International Standard 27.55 Delivery Aim 5-8 Days
International Datapost 44.35 Guaranteed 3 days
International Economy 23.05 Delivery Aim 28-30 Days

Is that cheap or would it be easier for me to send a cow and a paint brush?

I really have no idea what I am doing here. Help!!!! Sad

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds pretty reasonable to me - anything weighing over 1Kg starts to get expensive to mail.

Have you tried DHL and FedEx - they may be slightly cheaper but not by much.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, scrub that DHL and FedEx bit - they seem to specialise in the "get it there as soon as..." market, so they're more expensive.

Your best option would be the Standard Parcel Force one. I used it a couple of years ago to send a hardback book to Australia - cost about 12 and it arrived in 4 days.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you hero! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is said lump? I'm assuming it has no chance of qualifying as a "small packet" - they have separate charges for those.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolled up as small as I could get it for packaging - which I am learning is rather hard to do with leather it is 62 inches long and 6 inches in diameter. So not really a small package I fear.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried TNT or UPS? They both offer Economy services, so may work out quite cheap (can't give you a price as we have contract rates with both).
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Random Me wrote:
How big is said lump? I'm assuming it has no chance of qualifying as a "small packet" - they have separate charges for those.


Once it gets above 1Kg in weight it becomes pretty much the same rates for small packages as parcels - i.e. it doesn't matter what shape it is, it's the weight that counts, especially for air mail.

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