Thursday, October 10, 2013

UK Figures Without Shipping Charge!

Ordering figures from U.K. manufacturers can be expensive for those of us in the U.S.A. or "Rest of the World."  Some charge as much as 40% shipping but rates have come down to an average of about 25-30% per order value.  Not outrageous but still a fair amount of overhead to swallow when purchasing from the U.K.  I should note that many U.S. manufacturers and distributors charge around 15% for shipping within the CONUS.

By examining the overseas package when it arrives, the 25-30% shipping charged is usually quite close to the actual shipping expense incurred.  No overcharging for postage from the vendors with whom I trade.

Probably not new to many but I recently discovered a means to bypass these shipping charges on select U.K. figures.  

How?  Order your figures from Caliver Books



On select ranges, Caliver ships for free.  Yes, free!  As a test, I placed a small order for Artizan, Crusader, and NorthStar figures and accessories.  Indeed, the order was post free! The order arrived within one week too.  As a bonus, Caliver's prices are up to 12.5% less than the Artizan web price for their figures. 

Nice!

Now, gone are the heady days when Crusader figures could be had at 40% discount through Old Glory but every little bit helps, right?

7 comments:

  1. Bookmarked and thanks for sharing. I'm pretty thrifty and high shipping charges is a dealbreaker for me. This fixes the problem!

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    1. High shipping usually bends but doesn't break my deals. I do like saving money, though. Caliver has a number of good ranges too.

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  2. I placed an large order with them for some minifigs and matchlock figures only to cancel it later because the postage was ridiculous! But that's another story!!!!!

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    1. Ouch! I have had the same experience with other UK vendors. Shipping costs to the states can be a real drag on movitation.

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  3. Now, this is a great tip. Thanks for passing along this information. I shudder to think how much postage I pay in a typical 'hobby year'.

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