USA Distributor or Cheaper Shipping
This is why I can't use your products; I have $27 of Grove modules and the cost to ship them is more than twice that. Your shipping charges are way too high; or you need a distributor in the USA or cheaper shipping method
I usually use an American fab house, but once I needed a bunch of cheap boards for a learn-to-solder class I was teaching. I ordered a batch through Seeed and one or two boards had this unintentional short between a trace and a ground plane. I can't remember exactly what the clearance was supposed to be, but it was well above spec. Pretty sloppy smudge of copper visible below the soldermask. They sent more boards than I ordered, so I can't really complain about getting ripped off, https://appsync.biz/abcya/ but I wasn't expecting this kind of an error on their part. https://appsync.biz/adam4adam/ We had to throw out the kid's board and start over https://appsync.biz/pof/
Alex Sebastian commented
I am looking to order some products from China which will cost me around $300, however the manufacturer has informed me it will cost about $850 for air freight to the UK, and even more by sea.
I've only ordered smaller items from china before using air freight at around $100, but although these products are quite light, the size of them have made the freight costs so high that it's not worth it.
I was informed that I might be able to find a freight forwarder who can save on costs, however the one I found from Google quoted me even more, around $1000.
I've also tried finding a UK/European manufacturer, as I assumed the extra product cost may be worth the savings in shipping, but I've been completely unable to find a manufacturer who produces the product I'm looking for with Google or Alibaba.
My question is there any way I might be able to save on shipping? Or does anyone have any tips on finding a UK/European manufacturer? I believe there most be some as I've seen similar products on Amazon claiming they're manufactured in the UK, but I haven't been able to find who is manufacturing them.
Chirag Panikar commented
It has been a while since I’ve done a competitive analysis of the various shipping carriers so I thought I’d do a quick update. With the United States Postal Service jacking up their rates every 4-6 months, what used to be the most economical shipping method is now priced inline or even more expensive than some of the more reliable carriers like UPS or FedEx. https://kijiji.onl/
What is the Cheapest Shipping Option USPS, FedEx Or UPS https://rightmove.onl/
Buying through Mouser greatly reduces shipping cost in the uSA