So I ordered something from the US last week, and paid $25 for USPS international shipping. It was only a small item (a pair of these), and I know when I pay that amount for international shipping from the UK it would normally be there within a week. So I looked up the tracking info for it today and discovered it hasn't even left the US yet, it seems like it's just bumbling around from airport to airport! I don't normally buy from the US and when I do I usually pay for courier shipping from the likes of UPS, so I don't know if this sort of service is normal. If it is, it seems like an extremely inefficient way of getting a small package from point A to point B, and might go some way to explain why their postage costs are so high!