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Why CONUS?

 
Brad999
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Aug 25, 2011 19:19 |  #1

How come when people want to sell something, they only want to sell it to CONUS?

What is the reasoning behind this?




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Aug 25, 2011 19:24 |  #2

Shipping charges?


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Aug 25, 2011 19:38 |  #3

A lot of times it has to do with fraud and the ability to get protection from a scammer.




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Aug 25, 2011 19:42 |  #4

Yea, mostly fraud and shipping charges. Try FedExing a $1,200 lens to SIngapore and you find out it costs a ton and if the buyer disputes the charge what are you going to do?




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Aug 25, 2011 19:48 as a reply to Kronie's post |  #5

It costs more to ship to Alaska and Hawaii. Personally, I'll ship there, but I'll charge more to cover my costs.

I've shipped to Canada and even though I shipped it USPS International Priority, it still took two weeks to clear through customs. I've also shipped to Puerto Rico before, which is technically domestic, but it costs a little more and takes more time to get there as well.

Shipping to places in Asia, Europe, or Africa don't have much appeal to me because of the extra time, expense, and chance for things to go wrong.


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Aug 25, 2011 19:57 |  #6

TabulaVicious wrote in post #13000499external link
It costs more to ship to Alaska and Hawaii.

Depends on the method. Priority Mail is the same cost to Honolulu as it is to Boston.




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Aug 26, 2011 16:01 |  #7

mike_d wrote in post #13000530external link
Depends on the method. Priority Mail is the same cost to Honolulu as it is to Boston.

Exactly!

Shipping to Alaska and HI (PR/Guam and others for that matter) are all USPS Zone 8. This is the same price as shipping from NY to CA or FL to WA.

The old days of HI and AK being huge amounts more for shipping are gone as long as you use the Postal service. The problem is that most people haven't realized that, or for convenience they prefer UPS/Fedex which are still pretty $$.

For the things I've bought here, I've had sellers who said "CONUS only" agree to ship to me without any problems.

But, I have skipped adds for things that I might have bought frivolously because they said CONUS only.


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Aug 26, 2011 16:10 |  #8

ddmitchell wrote in post #13005251external link
But, I have skipped adds for things that I might have bought frivolously because they said CONUS only.

I suspect that in many cases the people who say CONUS do not realize that they are restricting themselves to the lower 48 and that they really meant to say "US Only". We Americans are not known for geography skillz, after all.


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Aug 26, 2011 16:41 |  #9

For me, I usually restrict to the US primarily for cost and ease of shipping reasons. I know some people say shipping international (especially to Canada) is easy, but for the most part that has not been my experience. It's too much hassle when I know I can usually get the same price within the US without the hassle.

Now, I have made exceptions, though rare. I have shipped items to Britain, Germany, Canada, etc. Sometimes people catch me in a good mood, or whatever. It's not carved in stone.


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Aug 26, 2011 17:08 |  #10
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Most of the time people just aren't educated on how to deal with international shipping. Saying it costs more is BS, I don't know any canadians (using that as an example since I am one) who wouldn't expect/be okay with adding extra for shipping. I know I always ask how much shipped to where I live so people can check in the USPS calculator. As long as payment isn't gifted, tracking number/delivery confirmation is bought, and the forms are filled out right, there's really no risk involved.


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Aug 26, 2011 19:23 |  #11

ThatJamesGuy wrote in post #13005557external link
Most of the time people just aren't educated on how to deal with international shipping. Saying it costs more is BS, I don't know any canadians (using that as an example since I am one) who wouldn't expect/be okay with adding extra for shipping. I know I always ask how much shipped to where I live so people can check in the USPS calculator. As long as payment isn't gifted, tracking number/delivery confirmation is bought, and the forms are filled out right, there's really no risk involved.

I don't know where you're looking, but it does cost more to ship to Canada from the US. I can ship a 3lb box to Buffalo via Priority Mail for $13.20 but its $24.95 to Toronto. A Priority Mail small flat rate box is $5.20 within the US but $11.95 to Canada and they impose a 4lb weight limit and max insured value of $400.

And don't even get me started on the hassles I found when trying to ship something via FedEx or UPS. With all the paperwork and declarations, you'd think I was trying to ship to North Korea. I finally wound up at the post office and yes, it was more than shipping domestically and they made me replace my plastic packing tape with paper tape from 1965.




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Aug 26, 2011 21:13 as a reply to mike_d's post |  #12

About three years ago I bought a 2nd hand 20D off a fellow POTNer. Shipping from the US to Laos was around 40 bucks, eight day delivery time.

Everything went as smooth as silk.


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Aug 26, 2011 23:38 |  #13

Most people have nO clue about what there doing when it cones to shipping, intact it's a well documented fact 80% of the is population don't know the current cost of a 1st class stamp

I ship from Hawaii all the time and would much rather use the postal service then ups or fed ex BECAUSE my packages get there intact and there insurance is cheaper as easier to claim against


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Aug 27, 2011 01:10 |  #14
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mike_d wrote in post #13006029external link
I don't know where you're looking, but it does cost more to ship to Canada from the US. I can ship a 3lb box to Buffalo via Priority Mail for $13.20 but its $24.95 to Toronto. A Priority Mail small flat rate box is $5.20 within the US but $11.95 to Canada and they impose a 4lb weight limit and max insured value of $400.

And don't even get me started on the hassles I found when trying to ship something via FedEx or UPS. With all the paperwork and declarations, you'd think I was trying to ship to North Korea. I finally wound up at the post office and yes, it was more than shipping domestically and they made me replace my plastic packing tape with paper tape from 1965.

Did you read beyond the first line? I said it's BS because international people know and are fine with paying more, it's not like you have to eat the extra cost.


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