SC Shipping rates

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By Don_Walsh on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 04:12 pm: Edit

I didn't know the Euro had dropped so much.

Anyway it's not a contest.

By Krinkov on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:02 pm: Edit

Interesting

By Heiko on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 01:26 pm: Edit

Now, who's right?

http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic says

1 Euro (EUR) = 0.85797 US Dollar (USD)

By Krinkov on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 12:58 pm: Edit

1 EUR = 0.861549 USD according to http://www.xe.com/ When I did the per bottle rate it was ONLY shipping, the price of the bottle had nothing to do with it at all.

By Petermarc on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 12:53 pm: Edit

i bought a bottle of 1970 CVNE rioja reserva in a little tourist town in the pyrenees for around $30 last summer...try doing something like this elsewhere...germanandy has a summer house on the spanish coast with a old wine merchant a few doors down...you buy your wine out of barrels and he also sells the leather bags to put them in...by 1 am, we were all naked at the beach...the most fun i never remembered...of course, the hangover, in 100° heat the next day, was a bitch...

By Heiko on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 11:52 am: Edit

I can remember when I was in Sardinia a few years ago, they had 2l bottles of 95% grain alcohol in the store and it was really affordable. I think something like 25 Euro at most (maybe only half of that, I can't recall exactly).
btw. in that store in Sardinia, in a small town, almost a village, they had the biggest variety of hard liquor I have ever seen (and only a very small part of it was typical tourist's booze)

By Wolfgang on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 11:21 am: Edit

I want to bake under the spanish sun... Can you imagine the ridiculously low price they probably pay for 95% grain alcohol! I also always found the price for aged Spanish wines to be a bargain compared to most country.

Babylon.com gives me 0.863 for exchange rate from Euro to US$.

By Heiko on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 11:10 am: Edit

"Ya, and the funniest thing is that without shipping, a bottle of Deva cost only 11.29 US$"

When you consider that SC's prices are maybe even a little higher than in some other store in Spain (I mean they're very special, so I assume they elevated prices a little compared to Spain), something like 11 or 12 EUR for a liter of 50% spirit is extremely low.
That would be impossible in Germany. When you buy Deva from a German store, it's about 30-35 EUR without shipping...
The Deva from SC (in a 5 bottle package) is, including shipping to Germany, almost only half as expensive as Deva from the cheapest German reseller.
But I think this is due to our high alcohol tax for any drink with more than 45%
(Chartreuse also costs 20 EUR for 0.7l in the stores)

By Don_Walsh on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 10:17 am: Edit

My raw numbers in Euros, shipping only

1-2 bottle 62.99
3-5 bottles 112.59
6-7 bottles 194.69
8 bottles 197.23

These do not vary regardless of whether you are ordering Deva 55 1 L or Deva 70 70cl.

The price for the liquor does vary slightly.

Are you using 0.857 for forex rate? Is the euro that low?

By Don_Walsh on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 10:04 am: Edit

I think we must be using different Devas -- the shipping will be same but the per-bottle will be slightly different.

I got almost 200 (197.22) euros for 8 bottles, just for shipping, that is $180, or $22.50 per bottle for shipping, plus the price for the bottle.

And your 5 bottle numbers are way off.

I am using 0.9 for the forex rate, are you using something different?

By Wolfgang on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 08:19 am: Edit

Ya, and the funniest thing is that without shipping, a bottle of Deva cost only 11.29 US$.

Like a bottle of cheap wine ! Cheaper than shipping, even if you order 5 at a time.

On the other side of the spectrum, a bottle of Segarra cost 31.94 US$.

What a joke.

By Krinkov on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 08:04 am: Edit

Don I think I might email them later today to try to get some sort of clarification on the shipping matter...I will tell them the Absinthe world is eagerly awaiting their reply. >;)

By Krinkov on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 07:57 am: Edit

Here are my findings using Deva as the order, I am giving all prices in US and the shipping prices are also US.

Qty Shipping
1 $54.26
2 $54.26
3 $96.99
4 $96.99
5 $96.99
6 $141.90
7 $141.90
8 $169.93

Per Bottle Breakdown:

Qty Shipping/Qty
1 $54.26
2 $27.13
3 $32.33
4 $24.25
5 $19.40
6 $23.65
7 $20.27
8 $21.24

If you find I am wrong somehow let me know, I did double check my #'s but anything is possible.

By Don_Walsh on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 04:33 am: Edit

So they are charging the same for USPS as for fedex?

If I read their site correctly, the charges are same for 1-2 bottles; 3-5 bottles, 6-7 bottles.

So it makes no sense to order 1 bottle, you'd be paying $54 for shipping. Ordering 2 or more gets you down to $27 a bottle for shipping, or less, with the best at 2, 5, and 7. Within this range the lowest rate on a per bottle basis is about $24 per bottle. Going to 8 bottles gets you to $22.50 per bottle for shipping. I didn't go further since I believe that this is the largest order per day that is practical.

Curiously, the shipping is same for 700-750 ml bottles as for 1 L bottles. Isn't that strange?

The net result of all this is that Deva etc are now mid priced absinthes, there are no low priced absinthes any longer.

By Mvario on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:19 am: Edit

In my case I've gotten 6 bottle so far from them in 4 different shipments/orders. No breakage so far. Two of the shipments came fedex the rest USPS. I had never made any specia shipping requests so I think they just ship differently sometimes.

By Don_Walsh on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 10:59 pm: Edit

Just had a look at the SC site and there is nothing there about using FedX, all they have in their checkout page for shipping option to US is Air Mail, and it's horribly expensive.

Can anyone tell me what SC is charging for FedX shipping, and where the quantity breaks are?

On a per bottle basis, from 1 to 8 bottles?

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