Local post offices in Canada have made it very difficult for Canadian small businesses to compete online in today’s international market place, due to the high cost of shipping.
If you sell online on eBay, Etsy or Amazon.com, you should know how expensive it is to ship parcels from local post offices even without a tracking number.
The fact is that you risk losing out money and cost of parcels without a valid delivery confirmation/tracking number.
Even if you do not have a delivery confirmation, you should still seek a Proof of shipment in the event of any charge back from buyers’ credit card.
PayPal will protect you from any unauthorized payment charge back only when you have a valid Proof of shipment.
However, the cheapest tracking service available for shipment of smaller parcels to USA is Canada Post’s Tracked Packet (minimum charge is $16.90 CAD) and the more expensive Expedited Parcel for bigger parcels.
These parcel services are extremely expensive when compare to USPS’s local services.
If you sell video games or t-shirts to the USA, it costs only $1.93 USD (6″ x 4″ x 3″ and weight 3 oz [85 gram]) with tracking by USPS First Class Mail. DYK Post charges $1 CAD to take this package to USPS.
In terms of international shipping, the cheapest USPS International mail service is by First Class International Mail. USPS’s First Class International mail has full tracking to about 35 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
1. Shipping a video game (6″ x 4″ x 0.25″ and weights 3 oz [85 gram]) by USPS First Class International Mail to Brazil costs only $4 USD with full tracking (delivery time is 2-3 weeks). DYK Post charges $1 CAD to take this package to USPS.
2. Shipping a 1 lb (0.45 kg) package by First Class International Mail to the UK costs only $14 USD and it comes with full international tracking (delivery time is 2-3 weeks). DYK Post charges $1 CAD to take this package to USPS.
Packages over 4 lbs to international have to be sent by USPS International Priority Mail and they come with full international tracking.
1. It costs only $49 USD for a 5 lb parcel to the UK (about 2 week delivery time) by USPS International Priority Mail. DYK Post charges $3 CAD to take this package to USPS.
If you are to ship this package via Canada Post, they want $276 CAD by Priority worldwide, $163 CAD by Xpresspost or $89 CAD by International Parcel – Surface (by boat, 2 month delivery time).
2. For heavier packages such as 10 lbs and above, it is even cheaper to ship by US FedEx or US UPS as you automatically get discount from eBay.com and Amazon.com, respectively. We simply drop off to UPS/FedEx for your Amazon.com FBA or eBay orders.
DYK Post understands the difficulty of doing online business from Canada and we are here to help you!
If you print USPS postage via eBay, you will get about 15-30% discount off the USPS published rate.
This is about 10-15% discount on top of the USPS Commercial Plus pricing.
Your eBay.com account must have the correct setting before you can print USPS labels since you are registered in Canada.
Contact us and we can walk you over about your settings.
Printing USPS label is easy if you sell on eBay.
You can get USPS labels sent directly to your printer at home and then attach them onto your parcels.
We will then take your parcels to USPS for as low as $1.00 CAD per parcel.
You have to get the correct settings in your eBay account before printing USPS labels. Contact us and we can help you.
Finally, you can setup your eBay business as a seller who ships from the USA.
You will then be able to increase your sales volume and compete online with other US sellers.
Come talk to other sellers who have been using our service and see how much sales volume increase they have achieved after switching to us.
We also offer advice on how to increase your Ebay sales.
Contact us and we are here to help!