Shipping update, 1-18-11
All international shipping is now completed, and that catches me up at last. I sent off the last eleven packages in an epic 1.5 hour schlep to the post office.
Velvet Ackbar and I had spent most of an evening filling out customs forms and packing/addressing/autographing books (well, I did all the autographing). But I discovered when I got to the PO that I had the wrong customs forms. We'd spent an hour or more painstakingly filling out these really long forms that it turned out were only for priority mail. Nowhere on the form does it say "priority." Nowhere in the PO were the non-priority customs forms; these were the only ones available.
So I had to start all over and fill out eleven more, different, customs forms. My hand cramped; it took well over a half-hour, and I'm not used to ballpoint pens any more.
When I tell you how much it cost, you will understand why I had to save up to get the last packages out: $162 and change. Next pre-sale I will know who bought packages first so I can ship out the internationals in clumps as I have the money, rather than waiting. I should've done that this time, maybe alphabetically or something, but I waffled on how to do it fairly. Dopey Mei.
Also now dopey Mei has the right customs forms on hand so VA can help her fill them out. I was at an unattended cashier's post. There was a rack that looked like it was for employees only, but there was a big stack of the proper forms in it. Reader, I stole those forms. They're in my shipping supplies right now. Take that, you PO you.
IF YOU ARE DOMESTIC and you have not gotten your package by the end of this week, please contact me. Some packages I know have gone amiss.