Up until now, ordering from the iMore store, if you live outside the U.S., has been a big bag of hurt. Many times shipping, customs brokerage, tax on shipping and brokerage, and tax on tax (?!) has worked out to an anger-inducing amount.
The answer is couriers and countries want to get paid. We've worked hard to get around this by opening Canadian stores, like Blueshop.ca but now we're taking things not just a step, but a giant leap further.
The iMore store helps support iMore, and helps us bring you great content, day in, day out. When you support the iMore store, you're supporting iMore and our content. That international readers couldn't express that support, frankly, sucked. But not any more!
Starting today, the iMore store -- and all the Mobile Nations stores -- are offering better, cheaper support for international customers -- and are also rolling out free shipping to AFP/FPO destinations around the globe!
It's been a long time coming, but here it is:
More global shipping options
The iMore store is going truly global and now supports 30 countries world wide!
Cheaper shipping options
Previously, the only way the iMore store could ship internationally was with UPS Express, which was fast but hella expensive, especially if you were only ordering one, inexpensive accessory. Nw the iMore store offers three levels of USPS shipping and two levels of UPS shipping, which provide more options, and cheaper options!
International shipping starts with USPS Internal First Class mail, which takes 1 - 2 weeks (note, no package tracking is currently available on orders less than $100). The second USPS option is Priority Mail, which takes 6 - 10 days. The fastest USPS option is Express Mail, which will get you your order in 3 - 5 days.
UPS shipping is also available. UPS Worldwide Expediated has a 3 - 5 day shipping tme, while Worldwide Express/Saver is at 3 days.
A Note on Shipping Lithium Ion Batteries using USPS for shipping: Here's the bad news. Due to current Postal Regulations the iMore store is unable to ship items overseas via USPS containing Lithium Batteries at this time. It sounds like this rule may change in the not so distant future to allow for smaller items that contain lithium, but in the meantime these products are off the table unless you go of UPS shipping.
Here's a few examples to put the savings and options into perspective:
- Australia / Japan: First Class $11.95, Priority $32.95, Express $38.95
- UK: First Class $11.95, Priority $36.95, Express $40.95
- France / Germany: First Class $11.95, Priority $30.95, Express $38.95
- Mexico: First Class $9.95, Priority $27.95, Express $36.95
- US Territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam: Just $5.95 Priority Mail or free shipping if your order is greater than $50 !
United States APO/FPO FREE SHIPPING!
The iMore store now offers FREE Priority Mail shipping to all US Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office destinations around the globe!
New for US Customers - $3.95 Budget Saver
Along with all the new shipping options for international customers the iMore store also recently introduced a new $3.95 Budget Saver shipping option, available on most orders, for those in the continental US. This is shipped via First Class Mail with a tracking code. This a great option for those looking to buy just one or two items. Remember - there's still free shipping within the continental US on orders over $50.
##Let the International Shipping Begin!
There you have it. FINALLY better international shipping options from the iMore store. Spread the word! Give us your feedback. The Mobile Nations e-commerce teams are always working to get better and better, and that's what they'll continue to do.
Your iPhone or iPad accessories purchases, now or in the future, help ensure we can bring you the very best coverage in mobile, and we and the iMore store really appreciate your support. And we really appreciate your helping us spread the word, and letting your friends and family in the U.S. and around the world know that the iMore store is now offering affordable shipping to more places than any before!