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I have some mouthpieces to sell. What's the usual way to ship them? Padded envelope?
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Small box, packaged so they can't move in the box. Don't use an envelope.

Flat rate small boxes will fit mouthpieces, but are much more expensive than finding your own small boxes.
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If it's more than one mouthpiece you may end up paying Priority rate even if you're trying to save a couple dollars by using your own box. The Priority boxes are free, and the perfect size.
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Has anyone found a cheaper way to ship them internationally? I have two mouthpieces I’m planning to ship to Australia, and it’s looking like the cheapest option via USPS is $39 for first class international. The box weighs 1.1 lbs and is 8.5” L x 4.5” W x 4” H.
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PirateShip would likely save you some shekels on that quote.
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A box that size is adding too much weight. It's probably cheaper if you can get it under 1 lb. Bubble wrap and a plastic padded envelope.
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Bubble wrapped in a padded plastic envelope is enough protection for international shipping? I just assumed a box would be most durable for the trip internationally, but I might give your suggestion a shot if it’ll cut the cost significantly.
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Yes, international shipping has become crazy expensive. I recently sent a mouthpiece to Australia, using PayPal's "discount" shipping. Per instructions from USPS: Large sturdy "flat rate" envelope (had to be large enough to accommodate international label & customs form), modestly padded, less than 1 pound: US$45.57 including tracking. Used to be much cheaper. :horror:

At least the (unboxed) mouthpiece in the padded envelope arrived in perfect condition. :shuffle:
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Posaunus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:42 am Yes, international shipping has become crazy expensive. I recently sent a mouthpiece to Australia, using PayPal's "discount" shipping. Per instructions from USPS: Large sturdy "flat rate" envelope (had to be large enough to accommodate international label & customs form), modestly padded, less than 1 pound: US$45.57 including tracking. Used to be much cheaper. :horror:
Damn, hearing that makes me think I’m getting a great rate at $39. Do you know if it was $45 for priority service or for their first class shipping?
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This is why I straight up try not to ship anything overseas. Even if you quote a ridiculously high price for shipping, they will come up with a way to make it more expensive, and then everyone is upset. I have never even broke even shipping anything overseas. I'm usually out $10.
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HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:45 am
Posaunus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:42 am Yes, international shipping has become crazy expensive. I recently sent a mouthpiece to Australia, using PayPal's "discount" shipping. Per instructions from USPS: Large sturdy "flat rate" envelope (had to be large enough to accommodate international label & customs form), modestly padded, less than 1 pound: US$45.57 including tracking. Used to be much cheaper. :horror:
Damn, hearing that makes me think I’m getting a great rate at $39. Do you know if it was $45 for priority service or for their first class shipping?
Perhaps I should have gone to USPS directly, instead of relying on the PayPal shipping label.
I believe it was First Class, not Priority. $200 insurance included. Arrived safely within 10 days.

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HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:27 am Bubble wrapped in a padded plastic envelope is enough protection for international shipping? I just assumed a box would be most durable for the trip internationally, but I might give your suggestion a shot if it’ll cut the cost significantly.
I do that from time to other when I'm out of my nice foam padded boxes. Only had one mouthpiece damaged that way and it has probably been opened by customs.

Luckily shipping from Switzerland is still quite cheap. Even to Australia.
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Posaunus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:54 am
HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:45 am

Damn, hearing that makes me think I’m getting a great rate at $39. Do you know if it was $45 for priority service or for their first class shipping?
Perhaps I should have gone to USPS directly, instead of relying on the PayPal shipping label.
I believe it was First Class, not Priority. $200 insurance included. Arrived safely within 10 days.

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Flat Rate Envelope
No signature required
No delivery confirmation required
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SwissTbone wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:03 am
HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:27 am Bubble wrapped in a padded plastic envelope is enough protection for international shipping? I just assumed a box would be most durable for the trip internationally, but I might give your suggestion a shot if it’ll cut the cost significantly.
I do that from time to other when I'm out of my nice foam padded boxes. Only had one mouthpiece damaged that way and it has probably been opened by customs.

Luckily shipping from Switzerland is still quite cheap. Even to Australia.
I’m thinking of going the padded envelope route and adding some packing peanuts for further protection.
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HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:41 am
SwissTbone wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:03 am

I do that from time to other when I'm out of my nice foam padded boxes. Only had one mouthpiece damaged that way and it has probably been opened by customs.

Luckily shipping from Switzerland is still quite cheap. Even to Australia.
I’m thinking of going the padded envelope route and adding some packing peanuts for further protection.
Perhaps, for extra protection and peace of mind, fold a small piece of corrugated cardboard over the shank, and tape it closed to itself. That’s what I’ve done when shipping a mouthpiece in the past, and heard no complaint against damage.
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Peanuts don't provide anything, especially in an envelope.

And USPS insurance is less than worthless. Good luck trying to get anything from them.
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Welp, the padded envelope idea is a no-go. I was messing around with trying different weights with the USPS system and for it to drop down in price to $21, the package can weigh no more than 8 oz. I weighed two similar Laskey small shank mouthpieces since the ones I plan on shipping are already boxed up, and they already weigh 11 oz combined.
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HawaiiTromboneGuy wrote: Tue Feb 27, 2024 10:43 pm Welp, the padded envelope idea is a no-go. I was messing around with trying different weights with the USPS system and for it to drop down in price to $21, the package can weigh no more than 8 oz. I weighed two similar Laskey small shank mouthpieces since the ones I plan on shipping are already boxed up, and they already weigh 11 oz combined.
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