The last few straggling Cool Knitters Finish in Style books, mailed on November 1st, seem to be arriving in the US at last (Nov 16th). It’s amazing how slow letter mail is between Canada and the US! I am hoping that they have all arrived safely and in good condition. We had a considerable debate here at the office as to how best to mail and package them. Just for your entertainment, here are our factors in making final choices when mailing:
We were happy that the book weighed in at just over 400g, which put it into the category of an oversized letter, provided we didn’t pack it in a padded mailing envelope which would make it too thick for this class. Letter shipping would then be $7.00 per book to the US. Mailing by this method, the envelopes could then be run through the postage meter before stuffing. But would this envelope protect the book sufficiently? In order to try to prevent damage, I looked for heavier paper envelopes but came up empty-handed, so decided to fold the excess envelope over and tape the envelope end for end and side to side for protection, and then to hand the fate of the package over to the whims of the postal gods.
Remaining under 500g but with a padded envelope would boost the price to $9.50 (plus the envelope cost), and if that made it go over 500g, it would become the next category of small packet at $14.50. An additional cost of small packets over letter mail is that all small packet mail has to have the address and mailing information re-entered into the Canada Post shipping program. We have not been able to find a way to enter this data into our accounting software (Quickbooks) and then to share it with Canada Post. Canada Post’s software is quite remarkable: with every upgrade it becomes more cumbersome and difficult to use. Working with Apple products has evidently spoiled me!
So my questions to you are:
Did your book arrive in a satisfactory condition?
Would you have liked the option to spend more on shipping for a padded envelope and the consequent increase in postage rate?
I hope you feel that we have made the right choice for you. I felt that spending $10.50 to have a $19.95 book shipped is not what you would like.
If you are lucky enough to have one, please support your local yarn store and save on the shipping.
This book is also available in a green and economical format as a .pdf, either directly from us or from Patternfish. Save time in line with gift-purchasing: we’ll be happy to send your gift of the book to third party recipients on your behalf.
Thank you for your support and Happy Thanksgiving stitches to our US readers.