Here’s a suggestion that may help make it more affordable to ship books the the Philippines. And, let’s face it, unless you live in Manila, the Philippines is a bibliophile’s nightmare. Iloilo, one of the larger Philippine cities with a dozen or more colleges does not have anything approaching a decent bookstore. If you want a specific books (unless it’s about nursing) you are not going to find it here. If you want the book you’ll have to have it shipped from a US, UK or European on-line book seller. What comes to mind is Amazon.com, but Amazon will not ship to the Philippines and a few other “high risk” destinations.
Barnes and Noble may ship to the Philippines but its charges are high. For example, if I want to buy a used copy of “Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country”, the books is available for $3.97 but shipping is $19.95 for a total of $23.92. Another online bookseller http://www.alibris.com charges $12.99 for international shipping
I’ve had the best luck with Abe.com. If memory serves me right, ABE used to be American Booksellers Exchange, but now it’s owned by Amazon.com. Although owned by Amazon, it has a much more favorable policy on international shipping. ABE serves as a clearinghouse for hundreds of independent book sellers. Most do ship to the Philippines. Each seller sets his own shipping rates to the Philippines, so you can compare shipping costs to the Philippines from any or all of the booksellers offering the book you are interested in.
One ABE seller, Better World Books seems to stock a lot of books and offers quite favorable shipping rates. For example, “Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country” (just an example but an excellent book) costs $3.97, the same as Barnes and Noble but Better Word only charges$4.97 to ship it. to the Philippines, a saving of $15 over Barnes and Noble. When you go directly to BetterWorld’s website http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ you’ll find that they offer FREE international shipping. “Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country” costs $7.98 including free international shipping, a small saving over buying through ABE. We have bought books from BetterWorld and have good luck. They do, in fact, arrive at the friendly, minuscule Tigbauan, Iloilo post office. Sometimes we have to pay a small amount of duty, other times we are not charged duty.
Finally a tip on shipping purchases to the Philippines. Items shipped standard mail via a foreign postal service (US, UK, EU, OZ etc) are delivered via the Philippine Postal Service “PhilPost”. It’s our understanding that customs duties on items via PhilPost are locally determined. If you ship via FedEx, UPS, DHL duties and customs brokerage fees are set by customs in Manila and they will likely be higher, possibly much higher. We were even charged customs brokerage fees on our own mail forwarded by DHL!
The same comment on shipping apply to prescrition medications shipped to the Philippines. Read about that HERE
Hope this helps our readers!