Shipping to France?

ValleyO

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An ebayer just asked if I would ship the Chanel I had listed to France and I don't know what to do. I always ship my bags through the scheduled UPS pickup at my mom's office- I get the corporate discount and free use of their packing supplies :lol: Problem is, I don't know if I can even ship internationally that way, with all the cutoms paperwork and whatnot. I'd be willing to go to the UPS store to ship it, but I checked rates online and the cheapest method they had was Expedited 5-day for $117 from CA to France for a 5lbs package :wtf: Can that be right? Sure I overestimated the weight by a pound or two but I had a friend ship something much heavier to Belgium for me via USPS and it was only $28!

Help! I don't know what to do :shrugs: If I were a buyer and the seller came back at me with a three-figure shipping estimate I'd be running for the hills!
 

mooks

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That would be correct, UPS is very expensive for international. Why not use USPS for this? You can use a fully trackable service
 

Varied_obsessions

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If I had to choose, I'd go with EMS(express mail service)that's fully trackable through USPS. Make sure that her paypal addy is confirmed and if you have a lock with combination or security tag, attach it to the bag so that if she decides to return, you don't get a fake back.Also inform the buyer, if the tag or lock is removed, you will not be accepting it back. Take plenty of pics(for your secuity). Good luck!
 

lvgodiva

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Try USPS Global Express Mail :smile:

My USA sellers always use it. It has tracking number and insurance. Normally, takes 3-5 business days.
 

olivia56

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Most couriers other than USPS is 3 digit figure :sad:
Be careful with USPS, some countries they only allow up to certain amount insured packages. If you check the USPS site, the site says only up to $650 amount insured to France. You may want to verify with your local post office if this is the case. So if your bag is worth more than that amount, I do not recommend using USPS.
 

ValleyO

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Why not use USPS for this? You can use a fully trackable service
Well it's not so much that I can't use USPS but rather I don't want to because my post office is a mess to get to and always busy, whereas UPS is convenient :lol: I guess I could though- the French buyer probably won't win anyway.
 

angelah

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Ship by EMS (USPS) it's the best option.
UPS has a budget service cost slightly more than EMS but I'm sure it's not as high as $117. You will need to use your mom's office account to qualify for this service I forgot what it's called, but only available to business customers.
 

mmmsc

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USPS Express Mail. Do insure bag for full value. You get a tracking number with Express Mail. Takes 4-5 days and is the least expensive and most reliable shipping in my opinion.
 

ValleyO

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***Update***

The Frenchman did indeed bid but retracted on the last day because I apparently altered the description :rolleyes: