International Shipping Sucks

December 20, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Family, Photos, USA 710 views

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I’ve sent a few packages abroad lately, and for every single one of them, the shipping cost more than the value of the items being sent. That’s pretty frustrating, but I guess it’s obviously true for the base case of a single sheet of paper, so maybe I can’t complain. And something simple like a cookie or a cigar that is easy to purchase here goes up in value when sent to a place where it can’t be easily purchased. Perhaps my annoyance is irrational.

I received packages of Christmas joy from my Uncles Neil and Steve today. I haven’t opened the wrapped present from Uncle Neil, but I loved the photo attached to it and I thought the envelope was pretty funny.

Stamp Mania!

These stamps look just like this one, which costs $0.41. By my calculations, that brings the total stampage on this package to $7.20. I love how the guy that stamps that red seal over the stamps, in Schroeder, MN, in this case, had to go all crazy on this package. I can just hear the THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! as he hammered out red ink enough to cover all the stamps.

My scanner doesn’t have drivers yet for my shiny new operating system, so I had to take a photo of the photo he sent.

From Uncle Neil

The description given for the photo:

The sunrise over the water vapor over Lake Superior as seen through our window. December 8, 2007, -8° F, Grand Marais, Minnesota

There’s something very intimate about sharing the view out your own window.

Thanks to both uncles for sharing.

 
  • http://www.smattery.com andrea

    Nice photo! I love Grand Marais. I try to get up to the north shore of Lake Superior a couple times a year. I’ve never been there in the dead of winter, though.

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    It helps if you have sled dogs, I suppose.

  • http://www.isoglossia.com sgazzetti

    The shipping thing really is out of control. It breaks my heart to see how much my family has spent on getting packages to us lately. Last week a few birthday presents arrived for Adam from his North American grandmother, and the shipping costs and declared value were nearly identical. And Jane’s generous spreading of the Old Bay joy has run into some serious postage, too.

  • Heather

    If you are a MN native like myself, you don’t need any stinking sled dogs, that’s what snow mobiles are for :)

    I love Lake Superior…….

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    sgazzetti, yes, it’s hard to find items that are worth more than their weight in shipping. From now on I’m only shipping diamonds and high-end microprocessors.

    Heather, snowmobiles are just sled dogs that don’t poop as much. Crazy real men, like my uncle, don snow shoes, tread out onto the frozen lake, poke a hole in the ice and fish for lunch. The fact that humans, who are best adapted to running naked on the African plains, can survive, and thrive, in such an environment is truly amazing to me.

    Personally, I’d rather drink my eggnog on a beach in Hawaii, but that’s just me.