Regarding Mailing a Flute from England to the US

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Regarding Mailing a Flute from England to the US

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Well, I seem to be getting back into Fluting.
Ive got my Eye on a Flute in Birmingham, England
The store, and this is not their Mail order Department says shipping should be about 79 Pounds!
I'm looking to email the Mail Order Department and see what they say
This seems like a lot
Anyone know what the Shipping should be in general?
Does 79 Pounds seem about right?
General Post, the best option?
or maybe FedEx ?
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It depends upon the value of the flute and whether they are including insurance (likely). When I ship to the U.K. from California, I use USPS Priority Mail and that is $65 without insurance. If you are talking about a flute that costs more than $1000 and insurance is being added, that can jump quite a bit. It would be easy to hit the $100 mark if it is a valuable flute, which is pretty close to the 79 pounds.
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Well, a lot of factors can be at play, but I was quoted a shipping price of 33GBP a couple of months ago for an order of a composite flute and extra headjoint that totaled about 750GBP. I ended up going a different route but that seemed reasonable. Seems like you'd have to have a lot of insurance involved to get up to 79
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A keyed flute with a declared value of $3000 would cost me 83 pounds ($112) to ship to the U.K. I don't know what the ticket price is of the flute the O.P. has their eye on, and if it is a $500 flute then the shipping charge is rather high, but they may also have added in some "handling" charges.
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