I recently had to change my shipping costs, so I’d like to explain why. I hate it when I go to a website and see an item I’d like to buy and I see the price of that item and think “that’s a reasonable price for that” and then when I go to check out, it’s an additional $7.95 for shipping. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m old fashioned, but I hate to pay for exorbitant shipping costs. Now, I want to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that is what it really costs them to ship me that goody I just bought, but with large companies, I don’t always believe it. I also think it’s a “hidden” cost even though I’m supposed to be smart enough to know it’s coming.
I decided, when I started Avie Designs, that I would never charge money on top of the original price you see for an item. I think you should be able to look at an item, see the price and make a judgment call on if it’s worth it right then without having to do all that messy figuring. So that’s how it’s been. I padded my price just enough to cover my shipping costs so that you don’t have a “hidden” cost when you check out.
But recently, I have had a ton of orders and a lot more international shipments and have been monitoring those costs very closely. My policy used to be that you needed to contact me after placing an international order so that I could figure out the postage and then send you a revised invoice, but very few people ever did that and I just went ahead and shipped it in the interest of customer service. So I have finally decided that I need to charge a little extra to cover international shipments.
I know, finally, the point. All international orders will have an additional charge of $2 and then an additional .50 for each extra item. This does exclude Canada because it is just as cheap to ship there an the United States. Any questions?