I just shipped my first international sale. Is it really that easy? I printed the shipping label from home, as usual. I was surprised (and happy) when I was able to take care of the customs form at the same time. I read through all of the info and saw that I couldn’t drop it in the USPS box like I usually do (not a surprise). My usual PO is closed on Saturdays, and I could only imagine that the main PO would be a zoo, so I tried out a location that is part PO, part gift shop.
First off, there were two customers being helped when I walked in and no one waiting in line behind them, so that made me happy. And then a THIRD employee came out and helped me! Crazy. Obviously not a “normal” Post Office. Wonder how many people actually shop in their gift shop, and how they make enough $$ to stay open? Anyway, I handed the guy my package and the shipping label which I had not yet affixed to the package.
“Is there something more I need to do?” I asked, telling him I’d never done this before.
“We don’t do this either,” was his response.
Say what?! “Well, we take the packages after they are ready to go,” he clarified.
O-kay . . . I signed and dated the label. He read over the rest of the paperwork that had printed out as I taped the label on. He said it looked good to him. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get sent back to me!
On the info that printed out it also said you could schedule a pick-up and just hand it to your carrier. I think that is what I will do next time, when I’m hopefully a little more organized,.
So . . . is international shipping really that easy? If so, everyone should be doing it!