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  • Birthday 08/12/1984

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  1. Joseph Fireborn

    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    After a good nights rest, and a few hours of calming down (my school workload is intense). I still plan to sell work overseas. I will just make sure they are aware that they will probably face additional fees when picking up their package if their local government has duties or taxes. I just have to figure out if Etsy has a way to make that prominent for overseas customers. I don't think they do, but I will figure out something. I appreciate everyone's opinions and stuff, and I am sorry if I started a political sidetrack here. Just was mindboggling, but that's my own ignorance for living in my little pond here in the USA. Cheers!
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    Haha. Makes me happy.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    For me, it was more for the joy of selling my best pieces to people who wanted them and had been asking for them through direct messages and such. I am not trying to make any kind of living selling pottery online, it was just a way to pay for materials and get some pottery out into the world for people to enjoy. I really liked getting back the pictures of people using their pots with food and drink in them. It was nice to sell my work... I am a hobby potter and not a professional one, so I didn't mind the 10 minutes here and there to sell a $35-45 yunomi or mug. I wouldn't want to make mugs and pack them for a living online by any means. My long-term plan for pottery is to slowly build my work, aesthetic and following over my lifetime of enjoyment, fulfillment, and relaxation. I am not sure what I am going to do with my pots now. I think my hammer is going to get used even more. On the bright side, winter is almost here and I don't pot much during the winter so I will probably just let this absurdly overpriced tax thing fade from my mind.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yes. That is exactly right. Which they did not expect to pay or I assume they didn't by their response when I followed up on delivery of the item tracking USPS. None of them were upset with me by any means, but it still seems bleh for the customer. They already paying a lot for international shipping for a single cup.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Protectionism is useful for some situations, but for pottery? It seems a bit redundant, although I guess if it's a large portion of their economy. Anyways. I appreciate all the comments. I was just curious if I was doing something badly wrong in my shipping labels.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea I am not going to commit any crimes. I don't want to skirt the borders of what is legal, I just don't understand the rate at which items are being taxed. It makes no sense that it is nearly 50% of the value marked on the box. How can any government be okay with that rate? I don't want to get into a political discussion here. I have taken down my items to avoid selling anything else overseas. Bleh.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I declared it as the worth that I sold it for on the package slip. It seems a bit insane. My last customer paid 25 euro. The one before that 20 euro.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea it is a really sad moment, I had no idea, nor did my customers apparently. I guess I am done shipping internationally. It is a real shame. Blahhhh.
  10. Hello. I have a question regarding import taxes and how they work. I have sold several pots to international customers and they have all been forced to pay import duties and taxes. Is there some way I can mail packages that avoid this type of charge? Or is this a normal thing? I really hate that they have had to pay these taxes and it makes the price of my work to international people more than I want to sell it for. They end up paying another 25-30 dollars to pick up their package. Does anyone have any solutions to this problem? It seems like there has to be a better way? I am not trying to cheat their countries, but if this is the case then I am just going to have to completely stop selling to international people. The tax seems outlandish! I can understand a few dollars or even 10%, but nearly 100% of the price of my work. It is something I need to figure out because it opens about a few billion more people to sell to.
  11. I just do this. Go to sink in house. Get piping hot water. Fill up bucket. Throw pots. When bucket of water gets cold. I toss it outside. Go to get piping hot bucket of hot water in the kitchen. Usually a few hours of warm water. I feel that getting up and tossing it outside and walking around is good for my back anyway. I don't think I would ever use a thing with my hands in it. Sure warm up the water then take it out, but leaving it in there with your hands. No thanks.
  12. Is this safe to use with your hands in the water? I feel like it might be a danger?
  13. Joseph Fireborn

    180 days along, run of 40 mugs

    Looks pretty darn good for 180 days in. What weight of clay ball are you starting with and what is the final size of the wet mug from that clay ball. That will tell us a lot about the pot as well. Pictures can be hard to see the thickness and height of a mug. When I first started I felt like 1# of clay was not enough for a good mug. Now I feel like 1# of clay makes a gigantic mug.

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