My first question, when looking into international shipping, was; “Where do I start?”
I decided to solve this problem by starting with the end, and working my way back. So I started with my Kickstarter page.
Kickstarter provides two options for reward shipping. The first option reads: “Ships anywhere in the United States”; on the reward page. The second option reads “Ships anywhere in the world.”; on the reward page.
I decided to offer my product worldwide. So I began searching for international shipping costs.
Originally I searched the internet for phrases such as; “international flat rate shipping”. But, unfortunately, I found very little useful information.
I wanted an answer, but instead was asked many questions. Most of which the answers to would likely change.
I came across terms like “customs” and “foreign regulations”.
The whole time I’m wondering if one little check box could make the difference between $2 and $20.
How much time can I spend sifting through information that will possibly change, significantly?
In an effort to move forward, I decided to offer option one instead; “Ships to anywhere in the United States”.
Less than 12 hours into my campaign I received my first $1 donation; abruptly followed by a comment from the same $1 donor, reading; “No international shipping?? :-(“.
That’s a sad face, by the way.
“Uh-oh!” I exclaimed. I gotta solve this problem fast!
With haste, I dawned my thinking cap, and began sifting through possible solutions.
My first thought was that I could literally spend the time searching for, and calculating each country, one at a time. That would get the job done. But I still needed to generate more content, make my media kit, find a manufacturer, reply to comments, not to mention; go to work and make ends meet.
I had to act quick, and think creatively.
So, I reminded myself of what modern customers want; “Options, entertaining information, and engagement.”
That is when I came up with the idea to create a “daily installment”.
I stated my offer: “...I will update with one new more specific shipping destination price each day. However, if anyone has a location they would like me to add, simply comment below or send me an email at my email address: email@example.com. “
I titled my daily installment; “Today’s added location”.
Since then my initial commenter has replied with a smiley face and a like.
And I give the same right back; for it is because of them that I was inspired to initiate “Today’s added location”, and am able to offer Stripop technology to almost every location in the world.
And if I could mention one more thing; I received the best result when calling my local post office, than I acquired from any website or 1-800 number. Not to mention, the international shipping charges are about one tenth of the cost.