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« on: February 17, 2006 10:57:56 AM »

I was wondering what the etiquette on postage due swap packages is?

 Yesterday I found a little card in my mailbox saying I owed money on a package in order to get it. There wasn't a last name on the card, only my last initial....so I knew it was a craftster package. It wasn't a lot of money I had to pay (under two dollars).....but it is still a pain because I'm living off of financial aid money (from college)...and  right at this moment I don't really have extra money to pay for other people's swaps.   I know the speech about not taking on swaps you can't handle...but that isn't the issue. I plan out my money before getting into a swap. I'm sure I have the supplies in my stash to craft and the money I'll need for postage. All other money is spoken for ....for bills, not enjoyment.
  So it puts me in a pickle when I have to pay to pick up stuff made for me. I know I could have said No and had it sent back....but I figured since I made the 45 minutes trip to the post office, I might as well have something to show for it.

 Now in this situation, the person put my swap goods into a Priority mailing envelope.....went to a kiosk and paid for First Class shipping. CONFLICT!!!   So the post office mailed it priority....because container trumps postage I guess.....and I had to pay the difference. So I guess this was just an oversight.......but in general....what do you do about having to pay to pick up your swap stuff?
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006 10:02:17 PM »

i don't know. but i've wondered that too. and what about customs fees if your partner writes the wrong thing on the slip? i know someone who got $25 in customs fees! she shouldn't have had to pay that, her partner was the one who wrote the wrong thing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006 08:05:52 AM »

I had to make up the difference for a swap package- it was only a 1.50, but... they did the click and ship printing and it mismeasured.

That seems kind of rude, though.  I paid for her package's shipping...
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006 08:41:28 AM »

I had to make up the difference for a swap package- it was only a 1.50, but... they did the click and ship printing and it mismeasured.

That seems kind of rude, though.  I paid for her package's shipping...

  It didn't mismeasure....the person just...put the stuff in an envelope that was for a specific kind of mail.....and then at the kiosk bought a cheaper mail time (Priority vs. First Class).....and so the post office send it Priority becuase that's what kind of package it was in...a Priority envelope. So I had to pay the difference. But yeah...it wasn't a lot of money but still....
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2006 09:04:33 AM »

I had to make up the difference for a swap package- it was only a 1.50, but... they did the click and ship printing and it mismeasured.

That seems kind of rude, though.  I paid for her package's shipping...

  It didn't mismeasure....the person just...put the stuff in an envelope that was for a specific kind of mail.....and then at the kiosk bought a cheaper mail time (Priority vs. First Class).....and so the post office send it Priority becuase that's what kind of package it was in...a Priority envelope. So I had to pay the difference. But yeah...it wasn't a lot of money but still....

That's weird. But... hhhm... I dunno. Still kind of sketchy.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2006 07:59:52 PM »

I had to pay a customs fee once because my swap partner didn't put that it was a 'gift'. my husband picked it up for me and was shocked when asked to pay an additional $12.50 US. He almost cut off my swappin'. I still hear about it everytime I send out a package lol! I always tell my partners to keep the value under $20 and check that 'gift' box! d Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2006 08:13:53 PM »

I had to pay a customs fee once because my swap partner didn't put that it was a 'gift'. my husband picked it up for me and was shocked when asked to pay an additional $12.50 US. He almost cut off my swappin'. I still hear about it everytime I send out a package lol! I always tell my partners to keep the value under $20 and check that 'gift' box! d Smiley

 Damn. That's crazy. I've always been checking the gift box but from now on I think I'll change my value to $20 because I've been putting $25.....and I'm sure that $5 difference can make a world of diference depending on where it's going.
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2006 08:26:10 PM »

If you keep it under $20 it seems to fly through customs. I dread the day when I receive a package with no value stated and customs decides. I did call customs that day btw. They told me even in trading everthing has a monetary value. Even if what I sent to her was of equal value to both of us, 'as in trading'. Thankfully, when I opened the package it was fabulous! Smiley I think with experience, most swaps go smoothly. d Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2006 09:22:21 PM »

Yes, for those using Click N Ship do make sure you weigh your package. I use my digital bathroom scale and round up a little. I sit it on the scale about 3-5 times too in order to make sure it reads the same weight each time. So far so good, unless no one has mentioned having any postage due (I sure hope they would, I'ld want to know and find a way to make that up to them for certain!)

This thread was a good reminder to make sure everyone in the swap I'm running remembers to mark gift if it needs a customs form and to make sure they are using the correct packaging!
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2006 04:54:24 PM »

hey guys....it was me.
i was not being sketchy...it was an accident.

thanks for letting me know!
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