Every now and then, I get requests to ship my book out of the U.S., and typically, I refund the buyer’s money (go Paypal), and call it a day.
But last month, this nice fellow talked me into shipping a couple books to Canada, and I hesitantly did so, explaining that the postage would be a lot more than the $5 charged at the website.
He agreed to pay the extra shipping cost, which turned out to be $25.15! And – this is much worse – I couldn’t “click and ship” and send the books out via my mail box, but I had to peel off the bunny slippers, put on real shoes and GO INTO THE POST OFFICE and engage with society.
Unfortunately, Nice Fellow couldn’t get quite manage the extra funds via paypal, so he sent me a money order for $25.15 in American dollars.
Last week, I took that money order to my local bank (again, sans bunny slippers), and I think there would have been less commotion if I’d handed the teller a hastily scribbled note with the words “Give me all your money now.”
After much consternation, I was given $25.15 in cash, per my request.
Today, the branch manager called.
“M’am, did you know that there’s a $50 fee for cashing an international money order?”
I replied as one might expect.
Fortunately, the bank waived the fee this time but it cements my theory that shipping anything internationally is simply not worth the effort.
It just made me appreciate Paypal even more.