A lot of Blurbarians have told us, both in blog posts and through customer support, that our shipping prices could be lower. In response to this feedback coupled with the introduction of our new book types, we’re happy to introduce shipping rates that benefit both U.S. and international customers.
For our U.S. and Canadian customers, we no longer offer fixed shipping rates (e.g., $8.95+$2.95 for Ground, $12.95+$3.95 for 2nd Day Air and Canadian Standard). Instead, we now conduct a real-time cost calculation with UPS after you specify your delivery address during checkout. This seamless experience returns a custom quote based on the weight of your order and destination you specified. Implemented last Friday, early results from over the weekend show a significant cost savings for shipments within the U.S.
In addition, we’ve recently finalized a rate renegotiation with UPS. UPS responded with a more aggressive rate for many international zones without sacrificing the ability to track your order or deliver in a expedited manner. These new rates are now in effect.
Even though we’ve taken important steps to offer you the best shipping rates possible, we’ll continue to explore new ways to make these rates even better. We’ll have more leverage to negotiate better rates as we continue to grow and expand. In the coming months we’ll focus on setting up an overseas print facility, and continue to evaluate additional shipping alternatives. More to come on both fronts as we have additional information.