Strictly Short–Pucaing Internationally from the US

Fear of the unknown holds us back from trying new and rewarding things in all aspects of our life.  Until recently, I had never sent an overseas package on Puca Trade. I didn’t know what I was missing.  Once I opened myself up to the idea, cards that were not readily available to me suddenly became available.  I’m currently awaiting a playset of WPN Promo Path to Exiles, in Italian. (Whoo!)

Today I am hoping to remove some of the mysticism around sending cards overseas and hopefully open a new world of recipients and senders to you.

Receiving

The is only reason to block other countries from sending you cards, is if you are on a deadline for your cards.  (Honestly though, If you are on a deadline and need cards fast, why use Puca to begin with?) PucaShield and sender responsibility covers you from anything that can go wrong.

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Sending

This is where things get complicated.  As far as I know there is no easily accessible shipping guide for sending cards from the US to other countries. The most important question is cost. It costs $1.15 to send a 1oz envelope to all international countries, Canada is an exception.  The Canadian Postal Service and the US Postal Service have an arrangement, which allows you to send up to a 2oz envelope to our Canadian Friends. This $1.15 cost can be paid with any amount of postage you have to reach that amount, or you can purchase a single International Forever Stamp for the same cost from the Post Office. It’s also a good idea to keep a supply of $.21 ‘extra ounce’ stamps on hand, and add them to any package that is over 1oz.  I use a food scale to ensure that I’m within the weight limits. With Pucashield, there is no need for additional insurance.

Some other tips for sending cards overseas:

  • Write Air Mail on the envelopes, this helps the letters get sorted faster.
  • Use Greeting Cards to smooth out the thicker envelopes, as it will help the envelope not get torn when being processed.
  • Secure the envelope as tightly as possible, using tape to hold down all parts of envelope that could get open/torn. Remember International shipments touch many different hands, so I try to secure them as much as possible.
  • Always pay the extra $.21 if you are unsure.  Its safer to pay .$21 then to pay to reship.

There’s so much more to cover regarding proper packaging and postage, and I’ll be going deeper on this in a future post. For now I wanted to touch on something that I get asked daily. If you have tips for international shipping / receiving please leave them in the comments.

Drive a Tranquil Bargain Friends.

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