Since the Tact-Tiles Kickstarter began, the one thing that has constantly come back to haunt me is the price for international shipping. Simply put, people cannot believe it costs that much to ship a set of tiles outside the United States. Some have even implied that we're intentionally inflating the price and ripping people off.
Well, we're not. The USPS, using a Flat Rate Box, is the cheapest possible way to ship a set of Tact-Tiles. And even then, in some cases, we're going to take a hit to absorb some of the costs.
Don't believe me? This is a screen capture straight from the USPS website...
Now tack on what we're paying for packaging and handling with our fulfillment partner, and we're actually out a few bucks.
We've looked at UPS, FedEx and DHL, only to find they are FAR more expensive. We've also looked at different distribution methods, and potentially using Amazon for fulfillment. No luck there either. Our volumes don't simply don't justify the added expense, and the fact that Tact-Tiles are produced 100% in the US keeps us from being able to cut corners by distributing straight from an overseas factory.
So there you go. Now you know why it costs what it costs.
That said, we very much appreciate everyone who has backed Tact-Tiles, despite the excessive shipping costs.
Please continue to help us spread the word!