With excited enthusiasm I jumped into editing images, uploading files, and trying to feel my way through some simple HTML code. Late that same night, I had a pretty decent looking apparel shop. Awesome. I shared the link to the Artisan 82 Facebook Page, asked my friends and family to help promote and got some really encouraging feedback on the designs.
And then... and then...
I went to order the shirt that had started me down the apparel shop road and encountered an $18 shipping fee. Gah! $18 to ship a t-shirt. Are you kidding me?!?
This is the bane of the Canadian online shopper's existence. In a world where so many of the products we want to buy are sold from the USA, it is so frustrating to painstakingly pick out an item you want, only to find out that shipping is cost prohibitive.
As an online seller, I've faced similar frustrations with shipping items out. For instance, it is cheaper for me to ship an item from Ontario to Southern California than to southern British Columbia. I hate that I have to charge Canadian shoppers more for an item that originates in their own country.
The great news is, I've got a new apparel shop, with awesome international shipping rates. This shop is hosted by spreadshirt.com and these are their shipping rates: