As you may know from our previous blog post about shipping that we are constantly brainstorming about possible ways to help our customer lighten the shipping cost load. Free Shipping through all its different versions have been enjoyed by our customer in the contiguous U.S. for many, many years but those outside the lower 48 states always ask what about us the international (and AK/HI) customers?
The obvious reason free shipping can't be offered to all is that shipping cost differs greatly once outside the invisible lines of the 48 states. For example, we have many Canadian that asked "I live just a few minutes from the US border, can I get free shipping?"
Let's take a look at what happens in this situation. Let's just say a customer that lives in Washington state 5 mins from the border and another that lives 5 mins from the border on the British Columbia side with both making the same $100 item order.
Washington shipping is about $18 to $20s with FedEx (at