For the love of all that is sacred and holy… USPS shipping option. Priority mail takes about a week to arrive, AT MOST. It automatically includes tracking. Two liters of resin can be put into a large flat-rate shipping box (that’s about $15-$20, with tracking AND insurance). Did I mention that priority shipping boxes are free? It’s really convenient.
I’m in Puerto Rico, where FedEx, UPS and DHL regularly gouge shipping costs.
Shipping for one resin tank to Puerto Rico is $63.
If I try to ‘save’ on shipping and order multiple tanks, two tanks are $76 in shipping, three is $84, four is $96.
For comparison, same order to the states (Minnesota, I used to live there and still have the zip-code handy)…
One tank, $8.76
Two tanks, $12.39
Three tanks, $12.39
Four tanks, $12.39
One tank, $44.43
Two tanks, $55.70
Three tanks. $63.18
Four tanks, $71.81
One tank to Puerto Rico STARTS at the three tank mark of the two day shipping. I’m feeling more than a little jipped here. Since I’ve accidentally torn the silicon layer at the bottom of my tank, I can’t really do much other than pay MORE in shipping than the tank itself costs to get a new one…
It’s not like Formlabs hasn’t used USPS. I recently upgraded my Form1 to a Form1+ and the new unit arrived via USPS Priority mail. They probably went that route because it was the most economical, imagine that. I will openly admit, the reason I try not to have to make purchases through formlabs is BECAUSE of the crazy high shipping costs, and have located a third party resin that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to keep in stock. Granted, not like that’s going to do me ANY good since I apparently can’t keep a tank intact.