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Re:Shipping out of U.S.

I have shipped items to France, Italy and Spain via USPS Parcel Post and 
they have all arrived in less than a week!  I was told that Parcel Post was 
via air.  One item shipped to Rome Italy arrived in four days.  The 
recipient was so pleased he call me on the phone to let me know how happy he 
was with the fast service.

I also prefer PayPal for payment.  It works and is fast and secure.  The 
fees charged are a good investment in my opinion.

Rich   WA8DBW
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Reicher, James" <JReicher@hrblock.com>
To: "G8IFF/KC8NHF" <nigel@ngunn.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Obsolete Transistor Needed

> We're getting away from the original issue:  Why do Americans hesitate
> to sell outside the US?
> I've sold items to people (hams) outside the US, to Canadians and
> Europeans.
> Here's my experience:
> Recently I sold a Primestar dish to a Canadian (Luke, I hope it has
> arrived).  To ship it via one of the commercial carriers (the US Postal
> Service wouldn't take it), the least expensive rate was listed as $44.
> This was for and item that I could ship to Hawaii for just $20.  Once I
> actually arrived at this carrier, they couldn't seem to locate the rate
> I'd found on their website, saying it would cost me $243 to ship it
> 2-day air.  I went to the next place where it cost me $57 to ship it.
> With the packing supplies, I ended up spending about $69 to ship a dish
> that the buyer had sent me $84 to ship.  Nice margin there, eh?  I'd
> bought it 2 years ago, paid $48 (with shipping) for it and sold it for a
> net price of $15, thanks to the shipping.
> Another time I sold a Kenwood 930 to a French ham, via eBay.  The US
> Postal Service took this one.  Shipping was $80 to ship it surface, with
> expected delivery date to take 6 weeks.  Because it was taking so long
> to get there, this guy was screaming "wire fraud" and took the case to
> "Square Deal", or some such group, saying I'd ripped him off.
> Then there's the endless paperwork and other aggravations.
> No offence to our non-US hams, but from now on I'll sell and ship to US
> addresses only.
> 73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO
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