Just sent the last of the three traveling boxes away, and this is the second that went to Canada.
While I really appreciate Tony starting the boxes, and I really enjoyed getting cards to physically inspect (like a personal card show); I will not be participating next time.
The reason is mailing.
In my business, we finally gave up on trying to mail anything to Canada. Its UPS or come and get it, although we try to explain the issue somewhat more tactfully!
Since we are among friends here, could not do that, and used the u s postal misservice. I started this thread after sending the first box to Canada. I suggested future traveling boxes could circulate through all participants in one country prior to crossing country boundaries. This time I kept track of the time spent. Between waterproofing the package (totally necessary for mail in our area), driving to the post office, standing in line, filling out customs, etc. I invested a little over 2 hours.
The monetary cost is not important. But the time is. Shipping the same box UPS would have taken approximately 3 minutes. Unfortunately, UPS to Canada requires the receiver to pay brokerage fees or I would have shipped UPS and swallowed the approximately 10 dollar additional cost.
I can understand that the post office might work better in other areas of the country, but I don't plan on moving (way too much junk to move!).
So, while it was fun, and I did get one scarce card I did not have out of the 3 boxes, count me out next time.