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Subject: International
Date Posted: 7/8/2011 5:37 PM ET
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Hi!  So I have a friend that wants me to send her some books...problem is she lives in Germany! I was wondering what it costs to ship a book there?

Can you send media mail? or is it different because it is international?

 

Thanks,

McKenna

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Date Posted: 7/8/2011 5:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/8/2011 10:24 PM ET
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There is no such thing as media mail internationally. There's no surface/sea mail option anymore either. It's airmail or nothing. As Scott said, you can look up what the postage would be at the USPS website.

There is also the option of a flat-rate envelope or box, which sometimes can be cheaper than using your own packaging, depending on the country you're sending to and how the items fit in a box/how much they weigh.

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 11:01 AM ET
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1 pound is $11.39 first class to Germany.7 ounces is $6.39. You will need a customs form.

Weight matters and as Scott mentioned, if it is a miltary address. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 8:48 PM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:05 PM ET
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does she have a Germany address or an APO/FPO address? If its an APO/FPO (military) you can send mail with domestic rates. You can use media mail or any other class of mail.

No matter if its international or domestic, you will have to fill out customs forms.

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 7:22 AM ET
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You can fit multiple books inside a padded flat rate envelope, and they are $13.25 to ship to Germany if you purchase the postage online at usps.com. You also can only get the padded flat rate envelopes online, they are free from usps.com (the local post offices are not supposed to carry them). 

 

If she wants a LOT of books, there is a media option. They are called M-bags and it starts at $37.95 or so to Germany for up to 11 lbs. You have to have a LOT of books to make it worth it. I just sent 15 books to Italy, and they ended up all fitting in a medium flat rate box for about $43, so I went with that as M-bags can be really slow. 

 

Bookmooch is an international book trading website, she may enjoy that if she likes books.

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 5:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/6/2011 2:50 AM ET
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McKenna - I noticed you bumped your post - it seems to me you have already had your original question answered fully. Is there something specific more you are looking for?



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Date Posted: 8/8/2011 9:34 PM ET
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Just looking for other perspectives of people who have actually mailed internationally SUCCESSFULLY

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 10:10 AM ET
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I sell on eBay and ship stuff internationally all the time with no problems.  I ship thing both International first class and priority.  Is there something specific you need to know?

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 12:07 PM ET
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Has anyone posted here who was unsuccessful? I'm also confused about what you want to know.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 1:54 PM ET
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If you would answer the question I asked you almost 2 weeks ago, We could give you more specific information. 

I am a window clerk at the post office, I mail out foreign mail daily, and 99.9999% gets there SUCCESSFULLY

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 10:22 PM ET
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I sent the package yesterday and hopefully it will be recieved. Thanks for all of the help!

And Brandy- The book is going to a house address, not an APO, which by the way, what is it? I have never heard of the term APO before.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 4:07 AM ET
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APO/FPO are for US Military/US Gov't Employees working outside the 50 states. We get an "American" address assigned to us so shipping is only to the port in the US and then handled by the US military. We don't have to pay international rates back and forth, just domestic rates as well as some special rates specific to our destination (SAM, PAL, etc.).

Date Posted: 8/13/2011 5:49 PM ET
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Cool! I've just never heard the term before.

And the book was recieved succesfully yesterday! Thanks to all for the helpsmiley