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    International shipping from the US

    For those of you that privately sell watches here and ship them from the US overseas, what service do you use? I see some ads offer to ship internationally for only a few dollars more, but I can't figure out where that is offered. USPS's priority service is reasonably priced, but the insurance tops out pretty low for most watches. Am I missing something?

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    Re: International shipping from the US

    Whatever service you use, make sure that any insurance will actually cover a watch. Every carrier is more than willing to insure a package for whatever amount you want, but if you need to collect you then find out that jewelry isn't covered for very much if at all.

    Also make sure that that you can send a specific item to a specific country. Some countries have a rather long list of items you can't send. Some countries will not allow any leather items, so the watch strap could cause a problem.

    I've used USPS Global Priority, but only for rather inexpensive items. There's no sort of tracking with that. USPS Global Express does offer tracking and that's what I've used for watches in the past. I've never had any problems with Express, but a few items sent Priority never got there. Do remember than the local country's postal service actually delivers the packages, and some country's postal services work better than others.

    I've also used FedEx a few times without any problems. However, I suspect that in all cases had something gone wrong the insurance wouldn't have covered the loss.
    USPS Registered is probably the safest way to send something as it needs to be signed for every time someone touches the package.

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    Re: International shipping from the US

    I've used the USPS with good results. Some countries are dicey, like Italy or Russia, and you should use Registered any time you are really serious about the shipment.

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    Re: International shipping from the US

    Canadians hate shipping with anything other than USPS.

    FedEx, UPS etc. cause us all sorts of grief. With those carriers we ALWAYS pay tax and duties (i.e. around 20% of the value) PLUS they decide they want a cut as well which is usually as much, often more than the taxes and duties. For example, on a cheap item around $150, I have often been charges another $70 by UPS , $30 in taxes/duties and $40 from UPS.

    If addition they aren't nearly as easy to deal with compared to Canada post.

    Just an FYI for when a Canadian asks for USPS or as a kind gesture if they don't know better.
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    Re: International shipping from the US

    Quote Originally Posted by Drez View Post
    Canadians hate shipping with anything other than USPS.

    FedEx, UPS etc. cause us all sorts of grief. With those carriers we ALWAYS pay tax and duties (i.e. around 20% of the value) PLUS they decide they want a cut as well which is usually as much, often more than the taxes and duties. For example, on a cheap item around $150, I have often been charges another $70 by UPS , $30 in taxes/duties and $40 from UPS.

    If addition they aren't nearly as easy to deal with compared to Canada post.

    Just an FYI for when a Canadian asks for USPS or as a kind gesture if they don't know better.
    After more than ten years on eBay buying and selling (I registered in 1998 when they started out; it was called "Auctionweb" then!) I can say that, the previous post is 110% correct when it comes to us Canucks.

    Please use USPS for us, with tracking and insurance if needed. :thanks

    I have never had any bad experience with USPS. Never in more than ten years!

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