View Full Version : Physical Product - Battling Shipping Costs? (Canada)
08-24-2011, 08:33 AM
I am thinking of developing a product and selling it through my website. Fairly lightweight - maybe 200-500g.
As I live in Canada - I was worried about shipping costs/time to ship to the US.
If anyone currently ships products from Canada - do you have any recommendations? Which shipper do you use? What are the costs?
08-24-2011, 01:59 PM
Hi Turk! :)
Try googling Compare Shipping Companies (Or something along those lines) and see what comes up! We have them here in the UK so I'm sure they are in the US and Canada.
I'd also like to add that if:
You're going to manufacture the product yourself then: I'm guessing you wont be selling a lot of the product and I would suggest either using a compare shipping company or trying to outsource the manufacturing.
You're not manufacturing the product yourself then: I would suggest using a Fulfilment service such as Amazon! Which will be very helpful if you're tying to automate your income as well.
Good luck! :-)
08-29-2011, 12:24 AM
I import my manufactured product from China. So manufacturing is ridiculously cheap.
To cut back on shipping costs I then use a freight fowarder which is cheaper rather then a shipping company like DHL,Fedex,etc. Just make sure they handle customs, don't do customs yourself it is a pain.
If you don't want to have the complications involved with a freight fowarder, I recomend DHL for international shipments.
Also, it helps if you ship in bulk to the U.S. and then have fufillment done in country. So for example rather than shipping one unit at a time, ship like 100 to a fufillment center (like Shipwire, what I use), all you do is send them the orders and you can kick back.
Don't know if that helps with your situation. Good luck.
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