Please remember that these fees are nothing to do with the Foundation and are charged by DHL or whoever for all products imported in to your respective areas. We have no influence over the tax regimes of your governments or courier charges from your couriers. So please do not adjust the Raspi price to add those charges on - they are nothing to do with us. The Raspi is $35 PLUS local tax and shipping. If we advertised it at $70, it would then be plus tax and shipping as well, making it $100! And so on.
The foundation is not the one responsible for these fees but they could do more to keep them from happening.
Why should the only 2 distributors ship only with expensive courier services when there are cheaper alternatives?
The Pi costs 35$ excluding shipping and tax. When you order one you have to add a certain shipping fee, be it 5$ or 10$ or whatever. Why on earth should you have to add to that arbitrary handling fees? What's the shipping cost for then?
If it will cost 5$ shipping + 35$ handling for country X and 5$ shipping + 20$ handling for country Y, then they MUST advertise these prices BEFORE completing the order.
I'm not referring to country specific taxes. Only courier fees that can be made known before ordering.
If RS usually work with DHL, then they surely can get from them their handling fees for various countries and add them to the cost of the order.
I can't speak for any other country, but in Israel the import and tax laws state that anything that has a total value(including shipping) of under 75$ is tax free. No VAT, not import tax, no nothing.
Any under 75$ international order received by regular airmail will not be charged a cent extra. You also have to sign for anything that's to big to fit in your postbox(if no one is home then you have to collect it at the post office) even if it was sent by the cheapest possible postal service. So little chance of anything being lost or taken by others.
If however you receive something internationally via courier service(UPS, FedEx, DHL, EMS...), they have the right to add on what ever fees they see fit, even if they amount to more then the value or the package!
The only way around stupid greedy handling fees is to allow us to choose our shipping method. I don't want to pay massive, totally avoidable fees just so I can have it delivered in 3 days when I can pay only the 5$ flat rate and get it after a week or so with regular air mail and no hiding fees.
Not allowing us to pick our shipping method(courier / regular airmail), forcing
very high and unnecessary handling fees(AFTER already paying for the shipping), kind of defeats the purpose of a cheap educational computer for the masses.....