I shipped out a few hundred international packages today, along with a few Adventurers’ Club boxes (I have to personally verify mailing addresses for those) and some complimentary interviewee copies (same). The postage for this run was $1,100, in case you’re wondering how all that goes.
I estimate I’m up to all international orders up to December 24, 2009, and all domestic orders up to August 5th. That international date sounds absolutely horrible but you have to realize there were a metric ton of pre-orders when I put out that special ‘blind fan’ price (buy it with no information about the final product, at a discount). Once that hump hops over, it shoots through the months rather quickly.
I’ve looked into various online postage for international packages, and it’s just too weird and heinous. The method I have is tedious but not entirely bad, and the resulting package is cleanly marked and looks like just the kind of thing that should go through with no problem.
If you’ve never done it, international mailing in the US is one of those things that’s basically setting up a process, no matter how weird and strange, so that it does what you need to do, and in my case, then doing it a couple thousand times. Choosing the right things to declare, the value to place on the items, and the rest… it’s all part of the big setup. And then the tedium.
All the internationals up to about July 18th are already packaged – it’s just a matter of labeling and going to the post office. Against all odds, I found a post office that is excited and delighted (really) about this many packages and this much postage going through them – I think they’re worried about budget cuts and the sudden influx of thousands of dollars in postage is going to make things very good for them. They’ve even given me a phone number to call to let them know I’m coming in so they can have staff waiting for me.
Isn’t life weird.