Kickstarter Adds Shipping Options

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Kickstarter announced the addition of a new feature that includes more built-in options for managing shipping of rewards for contributors. As the company acknowledges, this has been kind of a pain in the past.

"There are times when sorting out shipping details for a Kickstarter project can get complicated," Kickstarter says in a blog post "Figuring out the budgets and logistics for sending rewards all over the world, communicating back and forth with backers to make sure everyone's included the right mailing costs — the whole thing can turn into a big headache, for everyone involved. Our goal is to make it easier for creators to create — so they can spend more time focused on making great things, and less time worrying about mailing them."

With the new feature, the creator sets up each reward, and is given three choices: No Shipping Involved, Only Ships to Certain Countries, and Shipping Anywhere in the World. If one of the options that requires shipping is selected, the creator will be able to add specific costs for any country.

You can add as many additional details as you want.

"Anyone who's dealt with the logistics of getting rewards delivered can probably already imagine how much easier this can make life," Kickstarter says. "And not just for creators! Now backers don't have to worry about reading fine-print directions and making sure they've added the right shipping fees to their pledges — it's all taken care of, right from the start."

When a backer pledges for a reward, they'll be asked where they want the item shipped to, and the right amount will be automatically added to the pledge.

Image via Kickstarter

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