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Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« on: December 29, 2018, 06:45:20 AM »
Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019 due to changes in worldwide postal law. Goods shipments (such as CDs) may no longer be sent by letter, but must be sent as a package. The costs of shipping a CD worldwide increase in my case from 6.20 € to 9 € - 20 €. Especially for my American fans (who will have to pay 20 € postage in the future) that is no longer justifiable. I'm thinking about stopping my CD productions. I am very sad and disappointed with these developments.
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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2018, 09:19:46 AM »
Hi Jana,

Yes, it's one of the reasons that I stopped producing the silver discs, It's a shame indeed.

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 12:43:56 PM »
20 euros for shipping a CD to the US from Europe is completely insane.
It is sad how the shipping cost for small items has gone up and up over the years.
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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 01:41:20 PM »
It seems the little things are systematically destroyed and carried exclusively on the backs of the private people. I am devastated, because I wanted to offer "Through the belt of Orion" as pressed CD next year. But the shipping costs in the US are to much. I only could reduce the price for the CD to the minimum (my production costs)....

Thanks very much for your answers/understanding: Pete, Anthony !!!
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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 03:01:54 PM »
An option, Jana, would be to find a US distributor, so you send them a package of many albums and they sell and ship them in the US.
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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 06:22:46 PM »
Ugh, what a nightmare.

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2018, 07:17:11 AM »
An option, Jana, would be to find a US distributor, so you send them a package of many albums and they sell and ship them in the US.

On APK's recommendation I contacted Dennis at Databloem and sent a a good handful of cd's.  It workout well as these crazy mail prices has been going on for a while here in the USA.  I don't have any stock with Databloem currently but what I sent did sell out. 
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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2018, 08:33:38 AM »
Yes Chris, a nightmare. Anthony, Julio: Thank you for your ideas. I must think about it because I have to stay under a tax-free allowance. This could be a problem when I take a distributor.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2019, 03:42:42 PM »
Interestingly, the Maxibrief International at 3.70 Euros still does exist, it can weigh up to 500 grams. There is no info to be found as to what may or may not be shipped with it.

Need to find out whether I can ship merchandise with it -- hey, after all it's a gift when it crosses the border.

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2019, 04:15:20 PM »
Stephen, not for private senders. Here you find the info:

"Hinweis: Ab 01.01.2019 können nur Dokumente in Briefen ins Ausland versandt werden. Für den Warenversand können Geschäftskunden die Warenpost International nutzen,
Privatkunden stehen die Produkte von DHL Paket zur Verfügung. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unseren FAQs."


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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2019, 03:23:42 AM »
Let's start shipping around magazines with CDs as bonus material included...

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2019, 03:54:23 PM »
Kind of smuggling...  ::)

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2019, 06:12:57 AM »
Won't the price increases kill the shipping sooner or later? I wonder what's going through their heads...

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2019, 08:01:04 AM »
I suspect shipping has been killing it for some time - I used to order lots of C Ds from abroad, but not done for a couple of years now.... >:(

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2019, 09:45:27 AM »
They have two reasons: They take control on unregistered shipments of goods and they abolish costs for sorting mail by hand. The loss of small trade and art, they don’t see it or accept it.

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2019, 12:59:10 PM »
Sadly, another nail in the coffin of cd/cdr and small indie artists and labels.

I personally prefer digital - but I'm saddened to see an option being taken out of people's hands due to the price increases over the years.
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2019, 03:23:57 PM »
Cheer up, folks -- there is still hope: Buy more CDs!

Seriously, there is an option to become "commercial international vendor" (or whatever they call it) -- it takes five shipments in three months to countries outside Germany (that would be 20 shipments a year) to be able to ship CDs at reduced rates. More info can be found on their respective websites.

Having a "small business licence" ("Kleingewerbetreibender"/"Gewerbeschein") helps a good deal, though.

Well, then, let them come in, those orders.

Stephen

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Re: Shipping costs increase for private senders from 1.1.2019
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2019, 01:49:42 PM »
I thought about the small business license, Stephen. I already had it 20 years ago....

But somehow I feel I don’t like this anymore for my music. Music is free, every business and tax weights on me  :) But of course it is an option.