Stamps.com .vs Endicia.com
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Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on my recent evaluation of these two services.
As you may know, sending your orders USPS first class mail is probably the least expensive way to go, AND it's faster than UPS.
My problem was that I need to, also add a delivery confirmation and insurance, which meant that each time I needed to send something out, I had to wait on line at the post office. Arrr!
So to here's the scoop. Stamps.com is $16 a month and Endicia.com is $10 a month. A modest price considering what they offer.
I now simply copy and paste the purchases name and address from the Etsy receipt page, into Endica's DAZZLE software, and it prints out a very professional looking label with a pre-printed bar-code-stamp.
(You've seen those. Haven't you?)
You do need a scale, to weigh you package, but aside from the $10 monthly fee, it actually end up being cheaper to use Endicia.com, than going to the post office yourself. Because... the Dazzle software communicates with the US Post Office servers directly, so the Delivery Confirmaton, which you usually pay like 60 cents extra for, is FREE and automatic, AND the Endicia insurance is cheaper than regular US postal insurance.
Sweet. I just use regular paper, tape the label to my package, then drop it in any mailbox. No parking or waiting on line necessary.
From what I hear the Stamps.com program is a little easier to use, but the Endicia program, Dazzle, allows you to design your own label, much like Photoshop or Word, which is nice. Stamps.com doesn't.
Anyway, I recommend the Endicia.com service highly!
I'll check back. If you have any questions, just post them here.
Posted at 6:32pm Apr 18, 2008 EDT
Endicia is great. Used it for years on end before I took a couple year break from selling online fulltime.
The $16 plan is so worth the extra money - International capabilities & stealth postage.
Plus, if you pay with your pp card, you get the cash back bonus.
Posted at 12:09pm Apr 20, 2008 EDT
So to all of you Endicia Mac users, how do you print postage for an international shipment? I tried to send a package to London a couple of weeks ago and didn't think that I could do that with Endicia, so I took it to the PO.
But after this thread, I started re-reading the endicia info and see that I can, but how?
Posted at 8:44am Apr 21, 2008 EDT
Ok, I figured it out, I don't think when I tried it I had the country on the last line by itself, maybe.
I don't really remember, but in any case I found the directions!
BlueLadyBeads, I also love Endicia, you should go for the free trial period, they all have them, it's one month of free service and then you can stay on and pay or quit, it's worth trying
Posted at 8:54am Apr 21, 2008 EDT
The first think I tried was using Paypal's shipping option, but the prices were outrageous.
Paypal charges what the post office charges; they connect to usps.com (so when the post office is down, they are down) and they use the pitney bowes software.
Perhaps you are thinking the prices are higher, since they require a delivery confirmation for first class and that adds an additional .18 to the postage. But no, so does stamps.com and endicia.com.
It can't be FREE delivery confirmation for priority either.
Maybe it's the fact that they can't offer first class international shipping yet because the usps.com can't offer that either.
Oh, and paypal also does insurance (domestic), signature confirmation and stealth postage.
Stamps.com *is* working to add macs and I love their new sleek, low-profile, usb port postal scale that I got totally free after my first month. Along with $45 in postage (I got a really good deal in the mail) and $15 in supplies to print on. Although, unless I'm printing the net-stamps, I use the shipping labels that I sell in my store.
Stamps.com also adds graphics and logos for a more customized look, but I don't use it, so I can't explain how it works. I've thought about using endicia.com, but I don't need all those bells and whistles. I thought it was cheaper than stamps.com, but I see that I would need to buy the higher priced service to get what my stamps.com gets. So I might not change over.
Posted at 9:05am Apr 21, 2008 EDT
I use Paypal. I have looked into other options, but they seem like more work. For Etsy sales you need to check the Etsy address *and* the Paypal address, so you have to log into 3 applications.
I find Paypal easy to use and they charge what USPS does. The only downside is not being able to print out International First Class postage.
Posted at 9:52am Apr 21, 2008 EDT
Thanks for this post! I am getting to that point where I ship a few times a week and the old way thru paypal was getting a little time consuming and i didn't know anyone who uses these other shipping sites to ask their recommendation. I really appreciate all of this info!
Posted at 10:01am Apr 21, 2008 EDT