A few notes on international shipping: I use Etsy’s wonderful shipping widget, which both allows me to ship more cheaply to you (because it gives me a business rate) and more efficiently (because it fills out all my forms for me, like magic). The address you put in when you purchase an item is the address that goes on the envelope. The only thing I do is weigh the package and choose the mail class. Which I think is pretty cool– it saves me hours of time during my week, and allows me to pack my orders much more quickly.
What I charge for shipping covers only postage (which sadly has nearly doubled for international customers) plus about a dollar for gift packaging and a bubble mailer. It does not cover your country’s customs fees.
And tangentially related– since Etsy’s shipping widget is so marvelous, it fills out the customs forms for me. But what this means is that there is no way for me to edit the value of your item. If you made a $40 purchase, the customs form reads $40 value. I am sorry, but I cannot reduce this to avoid customs fees outside the US.
Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding international shipping. I’d love to answer your questions!