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George Hunter
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Well, I bought a handsome prop for about $150 from TCC n China, but before it ever arrived here in KY I decided to return it. So, I took it to the PO, who told me it would cost about t170 to ship it back.

I emailed TCC, adn a staffer said "I think" one can return it via a California address he gave me. I took the chance and mailed it there for $26, without much assurance that it would reach TCC, that I would get some store credit etc.

Here is the issue. Many of us value buying a book, effect, or prop from the creator rather than a retail outlet. I still plan to continue that with North American creators. But with the serious rise in international shipping costs, I am wondering how far that policy should extend.

I'd appreciate the community's thoughts.

George
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Buy from the retailer you are comfortable with (price, value, support, shipping, return policy, etc...)

That may mean supporting a creator directly or supporting them indrectly through your favorite vendor. Either way is a win for magic!

That said, I do like to support a creator directly when it makes sense for me to do so logistically and cost wise...
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I just sold a rare deck of playing cards to a woman in England. I am from the US. Shipping costs from the USP, USPS, and Fed Ex ALL were approximately the same; $145! I looked online and people recommended "Pirate Ship." It is legitimate, but there were hidden charges.
1. The cost to ship seemed to be only $48.
2. When the box (6"x 6" and less than a pound in weight, I was charged an additional 8.40.
3. I found out that to accept the deck, the person had to pay the UK an additional $50 for import duties and taxes!
The buyer was willing to pay whatever for the deck, but the process and costs are ridiculous!

I will no longer be shipping outside the US. Smile
Slim King
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It's an extremely sad situation. I've been working on a project but it would require shipping something from the UK to the USA. The person I envisioned working on this project is extremely good at his work but these shipping costs are going to force me to seek someone here in the states. I do have some friends who do it here but it's not their forte so to speak. SAD TIMES!!!!
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George Hunter
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Looks like my process with TCC ends very positively. I sent TCC the tracing number for the package I sent to the recommended address in California. TCC wrote back, reporting that they were in the -process of restoring the full purchase price to my credit card. I am, of course, out the cost of shipping to California, but TCC showed they want good customer relations. Though I do not return products very often (this was only my second), I will probably buy from a North American shop from now on..

George
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So is this a new thing or has it always cost money to ship things internationally?
Danny Doyle
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<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
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