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Old Oct 5, 19, 9:12 pm
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Old Oct 6, 19, 7:19 am
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It is this and I apologize as its balsamic vinegar, not vinaigrette technically, as you make it into one!

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Old Oct 8, 19, 7:59 am
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USPS First Class Mail vs Priority Mail

I usually mail my international packages via USPS Priority Mail for better tracking and hoping for better speed and safer handling. The USPS Priority Mail service has gone up significantly in price this year for international destinations so I'm looking for cheaper alternatives to get my packages to my Santees safely and in a timely manner. Does anyone have experience mailing international packages via USPS First Class Mail vs Priority Mail?

I usually like to get my international packages out in mid November to avoid the Black Friday logistical insanity and winter weather issues, again hoping that the package arrives on-time and in decent shape.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by tcl View Post
I usually mail my international packages via USPS Priority Mail for better tracking and hoping for better speed and safer handling. The USPS Priority Mail service has gone up significantly in price this year for international destinations so I'm looking for cheaper alternatives to get my packages to my Santees safely and in a timely manner. Does anyone have experience mailing international packages via USPS First Class Mail vs Priority Mail?

I usually like to get my international packages out in mid November to avoid the Black Friday logistical insanity and winter weather issues, again hoping that the package arrives on-time and in decent shape.
I've had good luck with several countries except Costa Rica. I mailed family a package last November using 1st class. I know the address is correct since I've used it multiple times. The package finally came back to me 9 MONTHS later as "undeliverable" Nuts.

But I'm looking for other ideas/experience too. Oftentimes the cost to mail internationally with tracking ends up being close to $100!
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Old Oct 8, 19, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by Redhead View Post
I've had good luck with several countries except Costa Rica. I mailed family a package last November using 1st class. I know the address is correct since I've used it multiple times. The package finally came back to me 9 MONTHS later as "undeliverable" Nuts.

But I'm looking for other ideas/experience too. Oftentimes the cost to mail internationally with tracking ends up being close to $100!
I'll admit to relying on Amazon to ship my international packages. Not as personal, but also not as costly.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by kipper View Post
I'll admit to relying on Amazon to ship my international packages. Not as personal, but also not as costly.
+1 for that. I look for what I want to send the recipient on their local Amazon site (India has been the most challenging one since most e-tailers don't have a presence there) and it usually ends up costing a lot less than shipping from the states, even if the items have a markup.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by diburning View Post
+1 for that. I look for what I want to send the recipient on their local Amazon site (India has been the most challenging one since most e-tailers don't have a presence there) and it usually ends up costing a lot less than shipping from the states, even if the items have a markup.
It isn't quite as personal, but it much easier and the shipping costs are far less.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by diburning View Post
+1 for that. I look for what I want to send the recipient on their local Amazon site (India has been the most challenging one since most e-tailers don't have a presence there) and it usually ends up costing a lot less than shipping from the states, even if the items have a markup.
This definitely works in a pinch (or last minute)
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Old Oct 9, 19, 12:12 am
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It isn't quite as personal, but it much easier and the shipping costs are far less.
Amazon lets you add a gift note.

I also mail out a handwritten card.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by diburning View Post
Amazon lets you add a gift note.

I also mail out a handwritten card.
I didn't think about a handwritten note. I always add an Amazon gift note.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 11:34 am
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Unfortunately Amazon is not available in all countries and sometimes even international chains (Sephora) are not as international as they appear to be. Plus, it's a little nicer to open a box to find wrapped presents and a handwritten card.

I have in the past gone shopping with a few USPS boxes just to see if the item I wanted to buy could be packed safely inside.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by tcl View Post
Unfortunately Amazon is not available in all countries and sometimes even international chains (Sephora) are not as international as they appear to be. Plus, it's a little nicer to open a box to find wrapped presents and a handwritten card.

I have in the past gone shopping with a few USPS boxes just to see if the item I wanted to buy could be packed safely inside.
That's another idea! That said, I think one of my recent international shipments was $75 or so, in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box.
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