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    Default Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Does it really cost 200 usd to send a mandolin from US to Europe or are the sellers(or the site calculators) charging for handling as well.

    I often see a nice mandolin for sale in the US but the shipping price is prohibitive. A Mandolin for 550 USD and shipping 200 USD!!

    I can send 5 kg door to door in 2 days for 80 USD from Denmark.

    We got the internet so people in the whole world can interact and exchange ideas and knowledge but when it comes to interchange of goods, the prices have gone up and up and on top there is customs and VAT.
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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Yes, it's expensive to ship. I shipped a mandolin to Australia a few years ago. It took forever to get there and it was very expensive. I probably could have flown over there for about the same.

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    I would try Transglobal. They told me they give so much business to DHL they get up to 75% discount. Yed you may have to open an account with them but they seem happy enough with that.

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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Try Parcelmonkey.com . I have gotten good deals on shipping a mandolin from the UK to the US recently through them and they make any paperwork easy.
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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Last September I sent an old F-5 to Germany and want to say it was a little under 200 bucks?

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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    Last September I sent an old F-5 to Germany and want to say it was a little under 200 bucks?
    How much?

    The problem is that most sellers don't want to discuss shipping, they just do as usual, as the customer pays!! And he does, twice, because VAT is calculated from the buying price PLUS shipping!!
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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    Shipping a mandolin to Europe used to run around $125 for the lowest-priced option through the Postal Service, but rates and services have changed.

    I had a customer in the UK not long ago who bought an electric mandolin and a tenor guitar. I gathered he was rather well off and didn't mind paying the higher fees for "Priority Express International" for the mandolin and "Global Express Guaranteed" for the tenor (the only option available, due to either the size or the amount of insurance required, or both ... I forget exactly), which came to more like $400.

    Once in the UK, the mandolin was handled not by Royal Mail but by some shifty-sounding freight company that went on a little adventure before finally delivering to the preferred address. With the tenor, the partner agency was FedEx or UPS, which was less of a hassle.
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    Default Re: Cost of sending a mandolin from US to EU?

    I've recently sent an mandolin to Australia. But since the US Postal Service has suspended delivery there, we ended up using a service based in Hong Kong that aggregates packages in its own US warehouses and loads them out when it has enough to fill a container, I guess. I have no idea how long the mandolin will actually take to get there.
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