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« on: March 08, 2014 03:01:02 PM »

I would like Canadian partners more often, but, the cost of shipping usually prohibits me.  Does anybody know the cheapest way to ship to Canada?  Thank you in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2014 10:07:33 AM »

As in all things postal, much depends on the size, weight and how fast you want to ship.  I'm in Canada and have noticed that there is a huge difference in my own shipping costs to the USA between Express Priority and Priority- there is usually a $20 difference in price and although they claim Express is so much faster it really only saves a day or two.  So I try and do a combination of smaller, lighter package size and choose the mode of shipping that won't give me a heart attack Cheesy  Other than that if shipping costs are a concern its probably best to stick with the One Tiny Thing, ATC and paper swaps etc. 

It is also a good idea to become familiar with the site for your country's postal service which will list all the weight/size guidelines and give you a good idea of what it might cost before you package everything up.  I invested in a second hand kitchen weight scale (yard sale!) and weigh my package as best I can before I tape it up-sometimes one small thing will put it to the next price level weight wise. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014 11:49:07 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2014 11:57:47 AM »

You're very welcome, hopefully someone from the USA will chime in and share some tips Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014 05:57:46 PM »

I just finished a swap where I shipped to Canada from the US for the first time. I used a regular Manila envelope and sent a hoop, so it was quite light.

My options for shipping were about $6 with no delivery time frame or $20 for a 6-10 day delivery time frame.

I went with the more expensive option because I didn't want my partner to have to wait forever and because I was worried the cheap option wouldn't fulfill the swap requirements.

That's all I know, hope it helps! Smiley
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