If you live somewhere other than the US or Western Europe, you know how expensive international shipping can be, right?
Especially when you want to buy something as heavy, big and unusual as a Go board. It’s just hard to find them locally in most places.
And we all know the postal services keep increasing prices every year, so saving money is a challenge.
Go players want to save on shipping
We get so many emails from Go players around the world asking if we can help them to save on shipping – so many, in fact, that it was hard to keep up with it.
Our store already tries to calculate the best value shipping options it can find for you (based on geography), but today we expanded the range of shipping carriers we support and also added a new option to ship most Go equipment directly from the factory.
When shipping from the factory, you can take advantage of cheaper shipping rates and choose between seamail, aimail and express international shipping.
Now you can save time, with a better selection of instant shipping quotes, and we can save time too and spend more time talking about Go!
How much cheaper is shipping now?
Obviously, how much you can save depends on where you are and which shipping option you choose. Here are some examples of today’s best shipping rates based on a 2.4” agathis Go board – a popular board which has some weight to it (though we sell many heavier boards too):
- South Africa – Before:
$105.93– Now: $25.70 – Savings: $80
- Brazil – Before:
$78.34– Now: $25.70 – Savings: $52
- Mexico – Before:
$70.04– Now: $25.70 – Savings: $44
- Canada – Before:
$61.30– Now: $22.30 – Savings: $39
- Finland – Before:
$39.58– Now: $22.30 – Savings: $17
- Singapore – Before:
$32.37– Now: $18.90 – Savings: $13.
The examples above are all in different regions (and in countries where we don’t already have a warehouse).
Here’s how you can can check the exact shipping rates for your country. Please be patient when checking shipping rates – they can take around 10 seconds to display because they’re calculated in real time.
The new, cheaper rates are available in many countries, based on where the shipping carriers can ship to. If it looks like they’re not available for your country, please let us know and we’ll look into whether there are other options we can add to the store.
Save another 5% with factory shipping
Another thing that’s great about shipping from the factory is that it saves us money too, because we don’t have to ship the products twice!
Because of that, we can give you a further 5% discount on orders that ship from the factory, to help you further reduce the reduce the cost of your international order.
This discount is now applied automatically at the checkout to all qualifying orders.
Save yet another 5% with bitcoin
And something else that can help some international customers to save money is paying for your order with bitcoin.
Bitcoin isn’t for everyone and currently requires you to be a bit tech savvy to use it properly, but you can save quite a bit of money by getting better currency conversion rates and avoiding international transaction fees if you know how.
Orders paid for with bitcoin also save us money. The payment processing fees are lower and we don’t have to worry about people using stolen credit cards at our store.
Every store has to build the above costs into its prices, but bitcoin helps to reduce those costs, so we pass the savings straight back to you as another automatic 5% discount.
If you don’t know what bitcoin is, or you don’t know how to use it, you can learn about it hare.
(Please no ultracrepidarian comments about bitcoin if you haven’t taken the time to properly research this technology. Sensible discussion and questions are always welcome though.)
That’s $93 in total savings!
So, in this particular example, one customer was able to save over $80 on reduced shipping fees, plus another $13 in savings which we passed back to them.
That’s a total saving of $93.
While it’s true that not everyone will be able to save that much money (if you live somewhere where shipping is already cheap, you’re lucky), savings are available for all Go players and there are Go players all over the world.
Which products are included?
So which products qualify for the new shipping rates? The answer is, almost all Go equipment.
There were only two products for which we haven’t yet been able to get the cooperation of the factory. They are:
If you live close to one of our warehouses, those two products are among the cheapest Go equipment you can buy.
However, for international orders, we always recommend the Featherweight Go Set and this Folding Go Board as better alternatives. They’re lighter and smaller to ship, so you can easily save enough on shipping to pay for the difference in price anyway – and you end up with a better quality product.
Books aren’t included
Books aren’t included, and can confuse our order routing logic because they only ship from our warehouses. If you’re trying to save money on Go equipment, please check the prices before adding books to your order.
If you want to ship books in the same package as Go equipment that’s fine, but be aware that it will reduce the number of shipping options available to you. In some cases, it can be cheaper to make two separate orders.
We’ll keep doing our best…
Since starting Go Game Guru, we’ve kept looking for ways to save money and provide better value for customers.
That’s why we ship from multiple locations around the world and that’s why we’ve taken the time to setup this direct factory shipping option for you today.
We’ll keep doing our best to make good quality, well made, safe Go equipment available worldwide.
Later this year, we hope to be able to add a new shipping location in Canada, and hopefully we can go local in more countries after that…
…as long you keep shopping with us
So next time you want to buy something Go related, please remember to have a look at the Go Game Guru Store (and thanks to everyone who already shops there!).
People often tell us that they didn’t even know we had a store, because we don’t advertise it aggressively. And we’d prefer it if we could keep the advertising low key.
However, the store is what helps us to keep providing all the free Go commentaries, news and more.
So, if you like what we do here, please tell your friends about our store and think of us next time you want to buy something.
In return, we’ll keep providing new and better services to the worldwide Go community – most of them for free.