image by: Worldmapper. This one shows countries proportionate to the amount of toys they import but there’s a heap more on different subjects on the Worldmapper site.
International shipping is now live. UK sellers can now ship to the rest of the world and we’ve got high hopes of making a dent in the balance of payments deficit for the next quarter ;)
As we talked about a while ago we’ve enabled shipping to the rest of the world. The list of countries in the drop down to choose from has been kept to ‘main markets’ but you can select to “ship to other destinations” which will enable you to ship to every single destination in the world. Keeping specific shipping costs to main markets allows for a far easier way to select competitive shipping costs.
So what does International Shipping ‘do’?:
- You can choose which countries to sell to around the world
- Folksy calculates the price of the item in a variety of currencies and…
- You can now see the price of the item in the currency of your choice (it’s based on the country you sign up from and you can also change this in “your account”)
- The price of items in non-UK currencies is calculated across the eighteen currencies that Paypal supports. It is approximate, however and the price you pay on Paypal may differ very slightly.
We’re working on better ways to present shipping destinations to buyers so you’ll be able to select items that ship to your country.
I’m sure most buyers will be now going to edit their item listings to enable shipping to foreign destinations. Do let us have your feedback and any suggestions via the usual channels. Please also bear in mind the new US policy (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or CPSIA) on imports for children’s products which require you to prove that levels of lead in the materials you use are acceptable. There’s more information on KitschyCoo’s blog about this ruling which is won’t be actually policed until early 2010 but which is law now. (more on CPSIA on the US Govt site and on this Etsy thread.)
Next steps: perhaps we should start Folksy trade missions? I’m sure the Bahamas needs a visit :)