IMPORTANT NOTE ON EXPORT SHIPPING
Important note on export shipping
In most Kickstarter campaigns, shipping is charged during the campaign and (as Kickstarter tells us), “Funds that backers pledge to account for shipping costs will count towards a project's funding goal."
This leads to two problems on export packages:
(1) Kickstarter + processing fees take 10% of the postage. Thus I would need to charge 10% above actual postage costs to cover those fees; that's a bad deal for you.
(2) With postage counting towards achieving the funding goal, a campaign could reach the goal without raising enough to cover manufacturing costs. That is bad for me.
The solution I’ve successfully used on my last two Kickstarters is you will PayPal me directly for the cost of the shipping after the campaign ends, around the shipping date.
(USA postage is charged by Kickstarter at the time this project funds)
Here's something new which will help Europeans save a lot of money on shipping!
I've noticed on my recent campaigns that I have fewer European backers; I suspect the expensive cost of shipping is the big consideration. Did you know it now costs $14 to ship a CD from the USA to Europe, and $24 for an LP? And sometimes backers end up having to pay a local customs charge as well.
Shipping often costs around the same as the pledge for the premium.
To deal with this problem at Projekt (my label), I partnered with a German webstore. All fulfillment for “Projekt’s European Webstore” is handled by the very helpful Jan at Dee Jay Dead in Siedlinghausen. He ships over 1000 packages a month across the wide selection of music he stocks; he's a pro at fulfillment!
For this campaign, Jan will ship The Gesture of History's European premiums (in the $100 and under tiers) from Germany. Here's an estimate of shipping & handling costs:
High-end premiums (over $100 with extra-special bits) ship from Portland at actual postage rates.
If you have any questions, message me here at Kickstarter or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of packages getting stolen on the way to Mexico, I require Priority Mail Shipment for your package. Unfortunately that can be a bit expensive, I know! The upside is I've never had a problem with a Priority Mail package getting lost. You will PayPal me after the campaign ends, around the time I am ready to ship to you.