Can anyone provide some insight into shipping and tax costs for a bulk order, made using your publisher's discount, for perhaps 30 to 50 books, shipped to Canada, the UK, and/or Australia? Approximately what does the shipping cost amount to per book if you're sending 30 to 50 copies? I would like to ship the slowest, cheapest possible way.
Does CreateSpace automatically deal with taxes, and what would the approximate tax assessed per book, if my publisher's discount price is about $3.00. Is there any paperwork or other export nonsense I'd have to deal with, or does CreateSpace handle everything?
I ordered 10 copies of my book to be shipped to Canada. The shipping came to about $3 each. I get the idea that the per-unit shipping cost reduces as the quantity increases.
I just ordered 14 books to be shipped to Australia (each book is 8x10", 72pp) and it cost US$3.15 per copy for shipping. I did not have to pay any customs/import taxes.
Prior to this I ordered 20 books (same title as above) and it worked out to US$2.64 per copy, and 80 copies = US$1.80 per copy.
If you want slow shipping, though, you got it. My latest order was placed a week ago and is still in "transmitted" status. I'll be lucky if I get them before Xmas.
I would like to order a single proof of my book, but the shipping to where I am in South-Western Ontario, Canada, is $23 for economy or $35 for expedited...are these prices in line with what you paid for your proof? I really have a hard time thinking that it costs that much for one book when obviously you paid about $30 for all ten, and I expect your book was much thicker than my daughter's 80 page novel.
Adoreabull, I think that as a Canadian resident you simply have to resign yourself to paying an extra $10-$20 for the proof copy of your books. That's what happens when you ship a one pound package to Canada.
The good news is that this is a one-time expense and once you've approved your proof, it sounds as if per-book shipping costs on orders of thirty or more become quite reasonable.
I am in Pennsylvania, within a mile of the Lake Erie shore. I can see lights in the Long Point Ontario area at night. I just ordered my proof and standard shipping was $6.30. It seems kind of high for one book but I will wait to see where it is printed and shipped from before I get too upset.
I ship books every day in my publishing house (outside CS stuff). It cost $6.22 to ship any book anywhere in Canada or the united States. I don't know what CS is on about, but their shipping method is way out of whack from what the industry uses.
Hi William, what shipping company do you use?
What I did with my proof, was have it shipped to a store just across the border. That saved me the extra $20, a weeks worth of shipping, and all it takes me is a 40 minute drive to the border. When I come back across, I'm going to ask how much customs and such will be if I have my major orders shipped there as well and just clear them through customs myself. I'm not sure how close to the border you are, but there's generally some of those kind of postal services on the US side. I find it really useful when I want to order something online and they don't ship to Canada.
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