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Hi there,<br>
For all you Canadian mamas out there, do you think its worth it to buy/sell/trade your diapers, considering how expensive the shipping is (to anywhere) from here?<br><br>
This just occured to me as I was coming back from the Post office. I just spent $50 mailing out 5 packages. The postage ranged from $5.60 to a place about an hour away from me, to $11.75 from Vancouver to New York.<br><br>
I see all these adds on the TP where the American mamas sell/buy/trade their dipes and most of them include the postage. The prices, are very reasonable. I've even seen a diaper with postage sell for $5. We could never do that here, $5 wouldn't even cover the postage alone!<br><br>
I had thought that once I'm done with my dipes (or should I say once the baby is done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), that I would pass them on, but who would pay for the diaper when the shipping is so expensive? You can get better deals from the American mamas.<br><br>
What do you all think? How would you/ do you, do it?
 

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I agree the shipping is really expensive. I sell on Ebay and have lost LOTS in shipping costs by underestimating the weight/dimentions & ending up in the next bracket.<br>
I also prefer to buy from the US, because of that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
ETA I would prefer to buy USED from the US...I prefer to buy NEW from Canada, especially on larger orders when the shipping isn't so much an issue, but duty/taxes/broker fees would be.
 

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I totally agree. I don't mind buying from the US since shipping here isn't usuallymore than a couple of bucks, and the odd trade is OK, but in order to cover my shipping costs I have to sell for a MINIMUM of $5 or $6. If I bought a dipe and shipping was a couple of bucks, and then try to sell it used, the depreciation plus the shipping costs mean I make no money back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I may as well ffs them or give them away to someone locally.<br><br>
I rarely sell anything, but when my kids start to grow out of stuff I will be seriously bummed, I think. That's also why my stash is full of stuff I never use. Maybe I'll sell it all at once, drive down to Buffalo and mail it all from there. How's that for an inspiration? I think it might be illegal, too. *sigh*
 

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Well, I don't find that shipping to the US is very expensive. But I always ship surface as opposed to air, unless the item is thin and can go airmail letter post. One fitted diaper usually costs $3.85 to send surface, or $5.60 air. As long as you can get it there at the 'small packet' rate it's not too expensive. If you're sending a big package (it needs to be quite huge to get out of the small packet range, like 4-5 diapers) it gets more expensive.<br>
Shipping within Canada is insane. It costs less to ship overseas! Unless you are shipping within your own province - that is usually not too bad.<br>
So in summary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I think it's reasonable, but it's worth getting to know your post office staff and finding out all the tricks - like NEVER mail ANYTHING in a box if you can help it, it is so much more expensive (it's usually bigger and always heavier).<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Why does it cost so much for you guys to mail stuff within Canada? What do the fees go to?<br><br>
Our mail seems so reasonable in comparison. If you mail first class its usually under $2 (which includes delivery confirmation) for one diaper - sometimes 2 if they are small or trim.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why does it cost so much for you guys to mail stuff within Canada? What do the fees go to?<br><br>
Our mail seems so reasonable in comparison. If you mail first class its usually under $2 (which includes delivery confirmation) for one diaper - sometimes 2 if they are small or trim.</div>
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Insurance, everything is insured and trackable. EVERYTHING. You cannot ship something without it already in place.
 

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Kathleen, is that really true?? I mean I get the receipts and all from the PO staff, but half the time they don't even bother to write down the particulars of the package on the slip they give you (when you're mailing to the States), so if it came down to a dispute and the info isn't there, am I really insured?<br><br>
Also, I didn't notice any insurance on stuff we mail within Canada...no documentation, I mean.<br><br>
I grumble about the "Fuel Surcharge" too. Seems that there is a surcharge when you mail anywhere in Canada, but not to the States. Spent $0.65 on 2 packages that way today. Not a lot of money, but still!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Kathleen, is that really true?? I mean I get the receipts and all from the PO staff, but half the time they don't even bother to write down the particulars of the package on the slip they give you (when you're mailing to the States), so if it came down to a dispute and the info isn't there, am I really insured?<br><br>
Also, I didn't notice any insurance on stuff we mail within Canada...no documentation, I mean.<br><br>
I grumble about the "Fuel Surcharge" too. Seems that there is a surcharge when you mail anywhere in Canada, but not to the States. Spent $0.65 on 2 packages that way today. Not a lot of money, but still!</div>
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Everything going airmail automatically has $100 cdn coverage, everything going expedited automatically has $100 cdn coverage and you can buy more if need be. I have claimed more then my share of them so I know forsure.<br><br>
Yes and we pay the fuel that the planes and trucks use to get this stuff to where ever. Canada is like going down the tubes. WE need a new government. One with big balls that will make our military huge and our system work for its people!!! Darn it all to hell!!! :LOL
 

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I'm seriously considering closing shop due to this postage dilema<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Seriously it is THAT bad. I can't compete. The only way I can is for me to pitch in some shipping myself and it's really cutting into the little profit I make<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I offer free shipping on orders over $85 to compete with US sites and I don't know that I can afford to do that anymore<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It makes me sad and I expect I'll be out some business because of it. It costs me OVER $20 to send out a dozen diapers which leaves me with very little profit. And say if I send out 4 or 5, it's costing me 11.75 (or around that I don't have the paper in front of me.) It's not TOO bad with single diapers but I don't send out too many of those.. but via Airmail it's at least 5.60 MINIMUM. No one likes to wait for Surface mail, it can be sooo slow. If any Canadian mamas have something that works for them, I'm dieing to hear..it's all really depressing thinking about this...<br><br>
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I just moved to canada from US and haven't had any experience mailing diapers yet (hopefully someday soon!) but I've mailed a lot of other homemade stuff to the US (knitted scarves, etc) and agree the shipping is horrible and have learned my lesson. If you are mailing several diapers you might want to experiment by breaking it up and sending each in a large (non padded) envelope via letter post (<20 mm thick) (i smash all the air out as I'm standing in line too so they can slide it through that gauge. I've done this several times now and found it's cheaper than sending it all in one package/box. I actually learned it by watching some woman who was in front of me one day, she has an in-home business, and that's how she does it. I guess the disadvantages are using more envelopes and increases chance of something getting lost, but it's worth a shot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Crystal,<br><br>
Don't close up shop! I've been patiently waiting for you to start doing custom orders again so I can buy something from you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> (I'd even drive out to pick it up, I'm only 1 hour away, I love your stuff so much).<br><br>
Postage rates in Canada suck. I find I'm really having a hard time selling off some of the diapering stuff I don't use anymore. I've had lots of people interested but as soon as they hear the shipping cost they change their minds.<br><br>
I have to admit I tend to buy used stuff from the US because it ends up being cheaper in the long run. I usually try to buy new from Canada though (hate paying duty).
 
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