I am a seller on Amazon, (hfofstuff.) I quite frequently send things internationally. I generally send CDs and DVDs first class, and books first class whenever possible. There is now a priority bubble mailer for priority mail that can be obtained by ordering them online from the post office. It used to be more reasonable but it is now about $17 flat rate. 
When I have international sales I refund any excess shipping charges that Amazon automatically charges, this is particularly important for orders from Canada, or Mexico, where the automatic rates are much higher than the actual costs. I know that for many customers ordering from a seller such as myself is much cheaper than the direct from Amazon rates. 
Many years ago I used to auction 78s, and I too regret that there is no longer international media rate coming from the US, but remember it was incredibly slow. Some countries do seem to still have media rates, since I have ordered things internationally myself, and it is still slow. 
Cheryl Thurber
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--- On Mon, 4/16/12, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] high cost of shipping to USA from rest of world
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Date: Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:25 AM

On 16/04/2012, Thomas Stern wrote:

> The high costs of shipping a SINGLE item (e.g. a record, or video)
> from Europe or Asia to the USA is making it difficult to acquire
> material from outside the US unless multiple items can be purchased at
> the same time.
Even more so the other way. I have had to stop buying any second-hand
books from US dealers, because the mailing costs are typically more than
the price of the book itself.

> Has anyone found a way to overcome this problem?
> For instance, are there any "freight consolidators" who would be able
> to collect items from different sellers, then ship the accumulated
> material to the USA when a specified threshold has been reached?
> Any ideas welcome.  Thanks.
> Best wishes, Thomas.
Don Cox
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