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Shipping PCBs?
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:50:35 PM »
Hi All. 

I've decided to unload some of my backlog of unbuilt PCBs.  However, Canada Post has told me that I can't tape them inside greeting cards and ship to the US anymore.  Instead, I now have to ship them as parcels ...  Seems to me that would make the postage worth more than the circuit board ...

Before I post a list of circuits for sale in the forum, I'd appreciate it if folks could let me know how they're currently shipping PCBs and what I might be looking at for cost?  I'm not looking to make money, just recover some costs and move along boards that I likely won't get to.

Thanks!

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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 11:14:36 PM »
I'm shipping boards with the cheapest small parcel option at the local Post Shop, it works out to maybe $15NZD per parcel, with no tracking.
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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 11:22:58 PM »
I'm shipping boards with the cheapest small parcel option at the local Post Shop, it works out to maybe $15NZD per parcel, with no tracking.

Ouch!  Yes, that seems in line with what I saw at Canada Post.   :(

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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 01:48:33 AM »
They still seem happy to let me send in a greeting card from Australia.  That's $1 domestic, $3 international.  I'm kinda expecting them to crack down on it soon, based on what's happened everywhere else. 

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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 03:58:26 AM »
Just do it anyway.

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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 03:16:05 PM »
the problem is on our end ... USPS is upcharging for items that won't machine sort ... I can't remember the exact specifications but basically if your letter isn't flexible from one end to the other then you get the upcharge.
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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 08:19:36 PM »
Hi All. 

I've decided to unload some of my backlog of unbuilt PCBs.  However, Canada Post has told me that I can't tape them inside greeting cards and ship to the US anymore.  Instead, I now have to ship them as parcels ...  Seems to me that would make the postage worth more than the circuit board ...

Before I post a list of circuits for sale in the forum, I'd appreciate it if folks could let me know how they're currently shipping PCBs and what I might be looking at for cost?  I'm not looking to make money, just recover some costs and move along boards that I likely won't get to.

Thanks!

Is this what you were told by Canada Post or did you mail something off and have it rejected/returned to sender? I'm in Canada too & for a brief period of time, mailman.
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Re: Shipping PCBs?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 10:05:54 PM »
Hi All. 

I've decided to unload some of my backlog of unbuilt PCBs.  However, Canada Post has told me that I can't tape them inside greeting cards and ship to the US anymore.  Instead, I now have to ship them as parcels ...  Seems to me that would make the postage worth more than the circuit board ...

Before I post a list of circuits for sale in the forum, I'd appreciate it if folks could let me know how they're currently shipping PCBs and what I might be looking at for cost?  I'm not looking to make money, just recover some costs and move along boards that I likely won't get to.

Thanks!

Is this what you were told by Canada Post or did you mail something off and have it rejected/returned to sender? I'm in Canada too & for a brief period of time, mailman.
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Just what I was told davent.  Canada Post wouldn't accept a letter that wasn't fully flexible (because it contained a PCB) unless I sent it as a parcel (i.e. small packet, tracked packet, etc.).

Thanks for the replies all.  Going to post a whack of circuits in the buy & sell.  Hope the prices are reasonable.  Shipping will be $15 unless you're in Canada; doesn't mater how many or few PCBs you want.  Just hoping to break even on the shipping and recover a portion of outlay on boards. Let's see what happens!