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