In the last couple of years, shipping outside of your own nation took a significant jump in price, I believe there was some kind of conversation between mail companies world wide and pretty much all of them bumped there prices up at the same time. I know in the Uk that International air mail and EU air mail both took significant leaps in price two years running as well as UK internal mail also having VAT slapped on it prior the royal mail getting privatised.
So are you not bound by the same GW trade embargo as the EU sellers ?can you sell around the world from the USA? i know they have different rules on shopping carts and Bitz in the US, i would love to see your trade terms and compare them to the EU ones.
No clue. As far as I know, I don't have any restrictions on where I ship things. It's possible that I have the same restrictions, though-- I'd just have to look at the paperwork. I have so many contracts right now that they've all sort of run together. But my trade terms are overall pretty standardized. I do know I'm not allowed to have any sort of online sales-- no ebay store, no company webstore where you can add the items to the shopping cart, anything like that. But there's nothing in there, to my understanding, that stops me from saying "hey, give me a call, we'll work something out." Of course, if I get a call from my rep saying "hey, Horus, knock it off" then of course, that'll be that. There're even odds they're reading this post, and they know who I am on here. I know I'm also not allowed to part out kits at all-- I can't open Dark Vengeance, for example, and sell just the book as a single item, or just the Dark Angels or Chaos Space Marines out of it. I also can't sell bits, individual components, etc; nor can I sell anything that I purchase that's a web exclusive or vendor promotional item (so the recent promo Captains-- I could have gotten them for myself through my store's account, but I couldn't then put them on the shelf.)
I will say this for the EU, though-- it doesn't matter what business you're in, the socialists running the EU are out to fuck you if you're in business outside the nations whose economies are in the bucket. Between import taxes, VATs, and general incompetence, it's really not worth messing with doing business in the EU right now, even if I'm allowed to. When I was doing commission work, I was very hesitant to do anything in the EU-- I didn't think it was possible for a mail system to be worse than the USPS, but then the Italians went, "No no, we make-a-the US mail look-a-like-a smooth-a-oiled machine!" And the US Post fucked up often enough I had to close shop to anyone I couldn't hand-deliver stuff to since they would lose packages, and then tell me regardless of tracking or insurance or anything that it basically wasn't their problem. I've always had good experiences with Royal Air Mail though.