I belong to a group of people on Yahoo Groups that swaps boxes of items that you have used within the past 6 months in your artwork. If I buy some items or find things at the flea market I will sort out a bit into a baggie and place it it the box that I keep under my desk so that when the send date is announced, I am ready. I sort out large paper bits, napkins, charms, etc and lots of foreign text to send to my swapee. I know that my receiver does lots of watercolor and not being an artistic sort myself, I wanted to send her a watercolor pad that I knew for sure she could use.
I sort out, wrap little bundles ( If you are ever lucky enough to receive a package from M I C H E L L E or the missing, but beloved Miz Smoochy Lips ´you will definitely understand the added flair with packaging 😉 .
I tape and secure, said package, lable and drive to the post office. Miss Postal puts it on the scale to tell me that it will cost $79.06 to mail this 3 kilo box to America. After I asked for my package back, she then informs me that if I go to the local market which is next door, they sell a larger box that costs roughly $6.00 that I can pack to weigh as much as 5 kilos and will cost $57. 06 to mail. I am sweating bullets because not only am I signed up for several other personal swaps, I am doing a lot on the groups. This is nearly my entire postage budget for 2 months…INCLUDING EBAY.
I am feeling so deflated.
I know that the things that I am sending are nice but not $63.00 nice. I would almost rather send someone a gift card from their favorite store than do this again… why…?