by Flatlined Games
today's been a good day, couple more days like this and we'll get over 15k
I asked my US partner more info on the shipping prices to see how grouping orders affect shipping costs for various parts of the world.
It's more complex than it seems : if you ship all orders individually, the pricing structure is known and the various costs (cartons, stuffing chips, ...) are known as well. You can bulk order cartons in a standard size too and get some savings.
When you start to make custom shipments with 2-12 game boxes with various extras, it becomes a bit more complex to calculate. The main cost is the shipping itself of course, and it varies depending on size, weight, and destination.
And at the end you realise you forgot to factor some costs in and end up paying so much in shipping that the campaign gross doesn't cover the printing of the game anymore. (Check this great post : http://albinodragon.com/shipping-call-it-the-fastest-bankrupt-kickstarter/ )
So if you factor in shipping 1 to 12 boxes to locations all over the world you end up with dozens of scenarios to cover. Since this eats up time better spent advertising the campaign I try to stay clear from such things during the campaign.
In this case however, i's clear that providing better international grouped order options will help the campaign so I will take the time to investigate the matter in detail.
I think the biggest issue is shipping / group buy options. Getting 6 copies of the game to some areas shouldn't cost $720 ($55 for the game, $65 for shipping = $120 / game)... Even if the price of the game in a group buy was only dropped by $5 or so, the savings on shipping should make it considerably cheaper and more accessible. The fees to get 1 item vs 6 individual items shipped are considerably different. Taxes and tariffs get calculated based on the total, including the shipping fee, so they go up as well. Get the shipping down, the taxes go down, overall price per item down, and more people will buy it. Especially if you can get it under $90 once all is said and done.