Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Why is shipping to the US so expensive?

As the Sales Director here at E-Stim Systems I deal with customers on a day to day basis, and one of the areas that often pops up for discussion is shipping costs to the USA. So I thought I would have a little look at what a number of key online retailers in the US would charge to send me some products here in the UK and how much they would charge to send stuff across the USA.

Shipping across the US

Looking at shipping across the US, I first went to the following sites:- The Stockroom, 665 Leather, Mr S Leather, Extreme Restraints and Pleasure Chest.

I then selected a similar product to ours for a cost of about $300, and roughly the same weight and volume (in case that made a difference), and then asked to have it shipped to New York. The results I got were quite consistent.
For a 2-3 day service I was paying as little as $17.38 from 665 up to $31.95 from Extreme Restraints - strangely enough when I looked into Extreme Restraints shipping tariff it would appear the more you spent the higher the cost of shipping became

Overall across the sites the average cost was about $21. If however I went for the cheapest route the shipping times were up to 14 working days and ranged from Free to $14.95.

This gives a flavour of the costs internally within the USA. But what if I wanted it shipped to me here in the UK? So I am doing exactly what our US Customers do when they purchase from us here in the UK, but in the opposite direction.

Shipping from US to the UK

Using the exact same sites and exactly the same product the costs changed quite dramatically as did the services offered. Some of the companies offered a 2 to 4 days service and others gave no choice but shipping times up to 14 days. The costs ranged from $22.95 From Mr S for an 8 to 12 day service to a huge $66.75 from Pleasure Chest via USPS and they do not even state how long that is going to take! The average was around $48.

What do we charge?

How does this compare with us here at E-Stim Systems? Well we offer several bands of shipping and two options on higher value orders.

  • For orders under $45 we charge $15 which is via USPS and is a 7-14 day quoted service. 
  • For orders above that and up to $200 the shipping rate is $29 by USPS or $49 by UPS on a 2-3 day service. 
  • Spend over $200 and we offer free shipping via USPS and we only charge $35 to ship via UPS on a 2-3 day service.

So what did we learn? 

Basically yes it is more expensive to order something in the UK and have it shipped to the US than it is to order it in the US and have it shipped across the country, (not a surprise!!) but shipping into the US from the UK is not massively more expensive than shipping across the US, and our prices are comparable to those charged by the other big US based companies. You also have the benefit of purchasing direct from the manufacturer.

So does this answer the original question? Yes!!! Why is your shipping to the US so expensive? the answer? Its not!!!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

ElectroGel Review

We took over a year to develop it, and we love what we came up with, and it appears that one of our reviewers does as well.

Have a look at what Joanne thinks....


Monday, 11 January 2016

Press Release - No plans to change the jack sockets.

Press release...

January 11th 2016

Unlike the recent rumours that Apple are planning to remove the 3.5mm jack sockets on their later products, E-Stim Systems will continue to use the 3.5mm output jack in all of its E-Stim powerboxes for the foreseeable future.

Wayne Allen, Director of E-Stim Systems said;
The 3.5mm jack works, its robust and flexible and our customers like it. So why change it?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

January Sale - Last Day

Last Day of our January Sale. Everything will end at midnight tonight!!!

No codes needed, just discounted prices :-) all over the store

See the websites for details for UK and European delivery destinations, for delivery to the rest of the world. Offers end midnight (GMT) tonight.

Monday, 4 January 2016

2B and Drivers

Getting stuck on connecting your 2B to a PC? We have now written some detailed instructions (with pictures!!) on how to install the drivers for your E-Stim Systems Digital Link on a PC

Comments or questions - let us know

Sunday, 3 January 2016

January Sale - Last few days

Its the last few days of our Christmas/January Sale - Don't miss it!!!

No codes needed, just discounted prices :-) all over the store

See the websites for details for UK and European delivery destinations, for delivery to the rest of the world. Offers end on January 6th 2016.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year from E-Stim Systems

Its 2016!!!!!

I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our friends, customers and suppliers.

2016 is going to be a fantastic year for E-Stim Systems with lots of new goodies planned. Watch this space!!! (and don't forget our January Sale is still running until midnight on January 6th 2016)