Quoted from Jazman:
You obviously don't do much international shipping do you. Also, it's more than just the cost of the courier as there is more paperwork required. International shipping is a real PITA. I know.
And sure, it may be cheaper to ship to the UK than say Australia, but what are you expecting different rates to each country for a small company like spooky?
You idea about a membership without the hard goods is a good one. If people are joining the club for the soft benefits, it would be a good option. It will be interesting to see what they say to that!
No, with friends and family all around the world I do plenty of international shipping, particularly to and from the States. I’ve also been responsible for the shipping of medical equipment between New Jersey and London on a very time sensitive basis. It doesn’t cost $50 to ship a key ring and a poster - in fact, I literally just had four posters shipped to me from Illinois for $25 from a Kickstarter campaign.
The other thing to consider is that for US customers who pay $45, shipping is included - so if you assume that for US shipping there is a built in cost of say $5, it’s actually more like $55 for for shipping for international customers. I recognise that international shipping is a pain, and I wouldn’t expect different rates for each and every country, but it may make more sense to have one cost for Europe, another for Asia, another fo Australia etc.
Normally I wouldn’t mind so much as you always have a choice as to whether you feel an item is worth the cost, but the main benefit of fang club membership is access to early pre-orders and the ability to select the BS edition. Overseas customers are already paying more for the machines themselves, so it stings a bit to have to pay more than double than US customers do for the ability to order in the first place.