For this score, we quoted $86.
The shipping cost on this varies, but a conservative estimate would be $30. That’s $30 absorbed by Clear Music, and not passed on to you. And how long does it take to get here? Typically it takes only 6 days.
When we compare this to a popular overseas website, it gets quite complicated. There are several additional fees that you have to pay, that ARE NOT included in the ‘total price’ at checkout.
Full Score - Beethoven Symphony 5 $88.08 (already MORE expensive than our price)
Express Air Courier Shipping Cost $45.34 (delivered in 2-3 business days after pre- shipment lead time)
Total $133.42 (the estimated total says $88.08, which is wrong! They haven't calculated shipping)
But what is this pre-shipment lead time?
Well, this is hidden surprise number one. In very tiny writing (not on the check-out page, but hidden on the previous one!) is an important disclaimer – “usually leaves our warehouse in 2-3 weeks.”
So the $45.43 you’re paying for Express Air Courier DOES NOT mean you’ll have the score in your hand 2 days from when you order. You’ll have it 2-3 days AFTER the 2-3 WEEKS it takes for it to leave the warehouse. That is the FASTEST shipping option this website allows you to select.
And what about Credit card fees for overseas transfers? This isn’t even mentioned on the website. But it will be there in the final cost to you.
So, to get the score of Beethoven Symphony 5 almost 3 weeks LATER than we could provide it, you have to pay at least $47.42 more! That’s over 50% more expensive for slower service!!
And this is for an easily obtainable piece in the standard repertoire, just wait for our next blog post when we’ll start talking about something a little more quirky!