I was a little shocked when I took a bear to be posted to America to find that I had to pay a AUD$9 surcharge because it weighed more than 453grams. This is apparently to fund the USA's newly introduced package scanning operation - maybe that should read 'scamming' operation - what an outrage! It is almost like another import tax in disguise. As if the richest country in the world can't afford to do this as part of their normal operations as every other country in the world does - without surcharge. Is this the FREE trade we keep hearing about from America?
Not exactly something that you can ask the collector to pay on top of the already high postage. Not a happy bunny when I have 2 more packages to send to America
Actually I think that if you know there is a fee like that then you do have to ask the collector to pay. I know that when I send overseas the to the UK the collector has to pay a very large custom fee. I just make sure I state that so they know it is their responsibility before they purchase.
As far as being the richest country in the world. I think those days are long over for the US. We are in major financial trouble over here.
This is a brand new fee that I got hit with as well. The lady at the post office told me that it had only just been bought in two weeks ago. There was no advertising to tell people about it all she handed me was a photocopy of a notice released by Australia Post to explain what it was. I can understand the additional expense in this day and age. Australia Post should have had a campaign run to inform the puiblic of the changes so we had the information to pass on to the collector. I don't believe $9 would deter a collector when it's something completely out of the control of the artist.