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« on: April 19, 2008 11:39:09 AM »

I am on the verge of having an Etsy shop ready to open this summer.  Now, all of the sudden I feel like I have gotten ahead of myself.  We are a military family and are expecting to be stationed overseas this January.  There will be access to USPS, shipping prices remain the same but shipping times are seriously increased and no reliable estimation of delivery can be made.  I'm pretty sure that that would turn off almost any buyer.  Would it be worth it to even try?  Has anyone done Etsy (or any other web business) this way - successfully or otherwise?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008 07:30:21 AM »

I'm not in the military, I live in the Netherlands and I often ship to US (using Dutch postal services) and have never had any complaints about the delivery time, even though parcels take a minimum of 14 days because I ship them flat rate to reduce costs.
You haven't said where you are going to, but once there perhaps you could use the local postal services instead of US through the military. I now for one thing sending a parcel flat rate with the Dutch post is a lot cheaper than from US to here (depends the weight a bit - in some cases it's equal). At least I would check out and compare the costs. And then at least you do have a fair estimate on the delivery time. As long as the buyers are informed on it, they usually don't mind at all how long it takes.

It wouldn't stop me from trying. After all Etsy is all about going international. You could even try to interest local buyers and ship to them with the local post for local fees!!!

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008 06:09:53 AM »

Thanks Le-Chat!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008 03:37:49 PM »

Hope you're still following this thread. Just found something for you. Once you join Etsy joining a Street Team can be a great aid in promoting your shop. Well here's the one just for you:
All military wives and moms, I didn't check into it but big chance there are some more stationed abroad as well.


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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2008 05:02:56 AM »

Thanks again Le-Chat.  Your reply came on the same day that we found out where we are going.  Japan in February.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2008 06:20:15 AM »

how great of a move is that??? all the culture and arts that will totally influence your designs..have fun with your shop and your move..

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