(i cant find a stack relating to "Crowdfunding" or similar so decided to put this in here, please feel free to migrate it to a more suitable stack if you know of one)
I am currently running a Kickstarter project that ends in 3 days and it looks like it will be successfully funded (yay!)
In the end it looks like I will need to ship around 150 "rewards" out to backers.
Ok so here is my question:
These rewards are small (credit card size) and will be shipped singly from the UK to all over the world, probably in a jiffy bag. Given that these are a "Reward" ie a gift for backing the project, can i legally mark them as "gift" (s) on the shipping declarations?
Additionally, a large number of the backers are in the USA, is there a way to ship all the items (say 100) in a single package over the pond, and then have them dispersed on the other side, thereby significantly reducing shipping costs and the chances of any going missing?
Congrats!! To answer your question no you shouldn't ship it as a gift. As it states on the right side of KickStarter, under How to Price, all rewards should be budgeted for shipping. Can you ship it as a gift, yes, would I no. You could get in serious trouble and its technically not a gift because you were paid.
It also asks you if you wanted to include a fee shipping outside your country. Mine is US but yours may be UK. I doubt any difference: