A lot of people are curious as to what goes into working out the price of international postage for YouShop parcels and when it’s best to use YouShop over a merchant’s own shipping options. We hope this post will help make this clearer.
Using YouShop when direct shipping is offered by the merchant
This is one of the most common complaints we get about YouShop pricing.
YouShop didn’t set out to replace conventional international shipping – we’re here to help get Kiwis the things they want to buy from the US, UK and EU stores that don’t ship to New Zealand. If the merchant offers direct shipping to New Zealand, it may well be cheaper (and sometimes faster) than using YouShop because of the merchant’s commercial agreements with their shipping company. The merchant might also be able to off-set the shipping cost in the price of the product.
Generally speaking, YouShop has the same price bracket as the majority of our competitors and is even cheaper than some.
Use the YouShop international postage calculator to get an idea of how much your international postage is likely to cost. Remember this will only give an estimate and final costs are determined based on the actual parcel when it arrives at the warehouse.
Volumetric weight is a postal term used when working out how big your item is.
Volumetric weight is sometimes called dimensional weight, as it measures ‘weight’ based on an items length, width, and height. If shippers used actual weight only, this would make light yet bulky packages unprofitable due to the amount of cargo space they require. Volumetric weight is used by the shipping industry to determine a minimum charge for the cubic space a package needs. (You can find out more about volumetric weight on Wikipedia.)
The international postage is based on the greater of how much space your item takes up on the plane to New Zealand (volumetric weight) or how heavy your item is (actual weight), because they’re the rules by which we’re charged to bring it here.
- Use our International Postage Calculator, to get an idea of what your item’s international postage could be.
- Note, this often catches people out when they order a small item which is then packed in a larger than necessary box by the merchant – where possible, we will repack items like this.
- We also recommend you check the estimated postage for large and lightweight items, as these items tend to have a much higher volumetric weight (over their actual weight).
We hope this helps you get more out of YouShop. We’re keen to hear your feedback.