International Shipping Suspension

As you probably noticed from the notification at the top of the page, I have suspended international orders. I have done this for a few reasons.

First, international orders are more prone to disappearing en route, and this leads to expensive refunds (in these cases, I refund both the product and the shipping). This doesn't happen all the time, but definitely more than domestic shipping.

Second, international customers are sometimes unaware of customs fees and tariffs charged by their home country for imported goods. Some countries can charge as much as 50% the value of an order in taxes and fees. Some people are angry at me, though I have tried to warn people in my FAQ and really have nothing to do with the costs, and some people simply don't accept the item and it is returned to me a month or two later. Again this results in an expensive refund.

Third, recently I cut my Instagram audience by about 60% due to that platform's algorithm nonsense. In doing so I anticipated a drop in traffic and sales, and I tried to accommodate this by lowering prices. If an international order is lost or returned it is an out of pocket expense. Normally, my prices are reasonable enough that I could eat that loss, but not so much now.

So, for the time being I am suspending international orders. I will re-explore shipping internationally when my prices return to normal after my audience is stable. When I do, I'll make an announcement here and through social media. In the meantime, thank you so much for your understanding and your continued interest in my work!