If at all possible we recommend you use a USA delivery address – maybe a friend or family. Some destinations seem more reliable than others but no international destination is certain to be fast and reliable.
By default we ship world wide via USPS due to the low cost.
Please note that we do not refund international orders for long shipping times. If you would like to use a more reliable and faster international shipping solution (that is more expensive) then we recommend ComeGateway.
You register with them, they provide you a USA shipping address, and then they move the package to your country and then deliver to your international address.
ComGateway will provide you a USA shipping address
With USPS, packages seem to be arriving at your customs in 7-10 days. International USPS tracking stops at some point after the package leaves the USA. I will never know if your package was or was not delivered, international tracking does not extend to your door.
If you know that you live in an area where you can’t generally get USPS international mail, you should arrange an alternative like ComGateway.
On the Bling Your Band website, choose to ship to a different address
Register with them and use the USA shipping address they provide as you checkout. They notify you when the package arrives at their location, and you decide how fast it should get to you.
*** Do not use the “Buy for me” service of ComGateway. Just use their USA shipping address when you checkout on BlingYourBand.com. Please please please don’t! The proofs for the order will not go to your email address!
We will not take responsibility if you use their “Buy it for me” service, you don’t get the proofs, and then you don’t like the results.
Then they deliver in your country with DHL/FEDEX. YOU RELIABLY GET YOUR PACKAGE IN 1-2 WEEKS.
On the Comgateway rate table they charge a base price for 0.5Kg. All of my decals fit into the base rate. Their facility is only a few miles from me so packages get from me to them in 1-2 days.
On the BlingYourBand.com checkout page, choose SHIP TO A DIFFERENT ADDRESS, and use the USA address given by ComGateway.com. It may be a little different than my example.
Last, do not waste your money on the 1-2 Day Express shipping option. I am very close to the ComGateway.com facility and it won’t be worth the money to you.
Shipment to Canada tracking information
International Shipping time
International shipping times are as difficult to guess as winning lottery numbers. Shipments to Canada can easily be four days, or two weeks. Here is a recent example of a shipment to Canada.
The customer ordered on July 24 and we shipped on July 27. It reached Vancouver Canada on July 31.
On September 5th, 36 days later, the customer emailed to say he just received the package and due to the long shipping time, he would like a refund.
We had to say no, which was a disappointment to the customer.
We do not want anyone to be surprised by our policy. Most shipments to Canada take less than two weeks. But some take longer. International shipping time can’t be predicted.
We do not refund for long international shipping times. International shipping time is an act of God and out of our control. We do not want anyone to be surprised by this, and then post bad things about us to mommy groups.
All international shipments go via USPS. Some people wonder why we don’t use Fedex or UPS for international shipments. We find that very few people want to spend $50-$80 on shipping charges when the postal system usually works, albeit a little slower.
This order spent 36 days INSIDE CANADA before being delivered. We do not know why.
Our stated policy is we do not refund international orders for long shipping times.
We warn about the possibility of long shipping times as clearly as we can. Please don’t bash us for long shipping times or our refund policy when we boldly warn about this before you order.
So why don’t we refund international orders?
1. No tracking information. In the USA, tracking information will tell me when the package was delivered. And if it wasn’t, was it due to bad address or if the post office just lost the package. I can’t track international packages to your door.
2. The delay might be because of a local tax that needs paid. I can’t refund orders because of a local tax issue.
3. Orders to Outer Mongolia might just take time. Do I judge which countries are ‘reliable’ and refund in those, but not others?
4. Your international address is not verified. Inside the USA credit card orders are verified against your address. And at shipping time, inside the USA addresses are flagged for many errors.
5. International shipments do not have address verification and a typo in your shipping address may prevent delivery. All packages have to clear customs and customs is a government function. In some places, government workers go on strike for long periods of time or the government is understaffed and packages wait for customs clearance for long periods of time.
5. Every time I hear from a Fraser, I question even offering international orders, but then I remember that the majority of international shipments seem to be successful. But if I get a negative review every time something out of our control goes wrong, I have to end it.
I can’t refund for long international shipping times because there are too many potential problems that are completely out of my control.
Also, please note when tracking an international shipment that a package may appear “stuck” at a transient point but it is not stuck, it has reached the point it exits the USA and is not being scanned by the USPS anymore.
So again to be clear, we do not refund for long international shipping times or lost international packages.
Another example. This package shipped on 2/11/2020 and I can track its arrival in the UK on 2/18/2020. On 4/10/2020 the customer notified me that they had not received the package and asked for a refund.
I again made clear that we do not refund international shipments and got a series of threats. The threats do not work, we still do not refund international orders.
I won’t know a package didn’t arrive unless you tell me.
Some countries have import duties that may apply. We won’t warn folks subject to them because we don’t know the tax responsibilities of your specific country.
International shipping times are very uncertain, and can take long times. Packages may never arrive, for reasons we will never know. Tracking stops when a package leaves the USA, so it may be many weeks with no knowledge of where a package is, or when it will arrive.
It is just how the international mail system works, and that is beyond my control. Therefore, I do not refund or replace international shipments for non-delivery, or long shipping times.