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Old 02-28-2008, 04:04 AM   #1
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Canada and USPS - outrageous rates!
I wanted to order a bag of Elann Esprit, which was only 15$, but the shipping prices are too outrageous for me to even consider ever buying from them. Just the shipping by airmail is 28$! And what should a girl with no normal LYS in the whole country do ? The post rates in US and Canada are making it almost impossible to shop online. I ordered a bag of SWTC Twize and 2 balls of sock yarn from LittleKnits yesterday and paid 38$(!!!) for the shipping. What do all the sales worth if i pay so much for shipping? I haven't bought myself any clothes in the past 2-3 months, so i could afford to spend some money on yarn and then i spend half of it on shipping! Sorry, just wanted to vent...
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:19 AM   #2
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The prices does seem a bit OTT. is there no companies closer to Israel that offer online shopping. Maybe the shipping would be less. Although there are quite a few yarns in the US that I have never heard of here in the UK. Hope you find somewhere closer to home so you don't have to give your hard earned cash to the post office.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:55 AM   #3
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Any idea of shipping from UK to you? I live in the UK with US po box, and I order online all the time. I would love to help if I can.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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Poor you It was like that with my anniversay Peaches and Creme, the shipping cost more than the actual order!
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:09 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by msmelody View Post
Any idea of shipping from UK to you? I live in the UK with US po box, and I order online all the time. I would love to help if I can.
Thank you, Joanne! Usually shipping from UK is lower, but the selection of yarns is different. I can't always afford Rowan and Debbie Bliss. I checked and the Small Packets Mail is about 15$ for a 700gr package (1.5 lbs=bag of yarn), so it's more reasonable. How much do you pay to get stuff from US?
Places like Elann.com and KP or Peaches and Creme are great for good cheap yarn. And i definitely can't find closer places to order from. I'm in the Middle East, Europe is the closest place to look for yarns and then US.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:26 AM   #6
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I usually pay around $5 to $10 depending on weight. When I order, I usually do a large order once every 3 or 4 months so shipping is spread out. Of course if I order more than a certain amount at different stores, I get the free shipping.
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:05 AM   #7
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Check out the shipping from this place
http://www.knittingzone.com/catalog/shipping.php
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Originally Posted by msmelody View Post
I usually pay around $5 to $10 depending on weight. When I order, I usually do a large order once every 3 or 4 months so shipping is spread out. Of course if I order more than a certain amount at different stores, I get the free shipping.
That's the good thing about having US PO box, because you get the free shipping...
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:21 AM   #9
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I know how you feel! I rarely use online stores in the US for that reason too. Most of the times, shipping prices are just ludicrous. I've seen an ad for Yarnmarket that says something like "we ship to Canada" but their prices are just insane. I did a test with them once: 26$ of shipping to Canada for 5 skeins yarn. Do they use a limousine or what? Needless to say I got my yarn elsewhere!
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I have to add that I just mailed a manila envelope with paperwork in it for hubby and for the cheap mailing it was $6. This is inside the US. Then the clerk told me that if the address was wrong or delivery could not be completed it would cost $6 when it was returned. Priority mail was going to be about $9. It was maybe a lb. at best of paper.
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