So I mentioned in my Hello! post that I was testing out a shipping company called comGateway because less and less wax vendors are offering international shipping and if they do, shipping fees are really expensive and generally charged at USD25 per package for Priority International. What comGateway does is that it gives me a US shipping address (in Portland, Oregon) to shop at US-only retailers and provides the option of repacking and combining packages to save on international shipping fees. Registering for the US shipping address is entirely free and I am only charged for the international shipping of my packages (by DHL) according to volumetric weight, fuel surcharge and insurance.
The last of my three packages finally arrived in Portland last Friday and I immediately set about combining my packages and getting them out for shipping. For this first shipment, I applied a complimentary coupon code for Express Shipping (est. 3-5 days).
The Bathing Garden
Shipping: $6.5 (International - $24)
Two Timing Tart
Shipping: $8.98 (International - $24)
Shipping: Free (International - $24)
CGW shipping fees: $34.85
Total with individual international shipping: $146.20
Total with comGateway shipping: $124.53
As you can see, the savings are rather substantial which makes this a win-win situation for me. The more packages I ship together, the more I save, which means ideally I should always plan for 3 orders to maximise my shipping savings. Not going to complain about that! Delivery was facilitated by DHL and the shipping info was constantly updated, I was tracking my package from Portland to Cincinnati to Hong Kong and finally Singapore! Now, it's time for me to go roll around in my new wax!