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Calculated Shipping

If you are a seller based in the US, save time and money by using calculated shipping profiles to generate accurate shipping costs, regardless of the location of you or your buyers.

How to set up calculated shipping

You can add calculated shipping when you create a listing on the listing page, and when you visit the Shipping Settings page.

To set calculated shipping on the listing page:

1.) Visit Shop Manager > Listings > Add a listing.

2.) Scroll down to the Shipping section and make sure your shipping costs are set to Calculate them for me (Recommended).

3.) Enter the origin zip code from which you will ship your package. Shipping rates will be calculated based on your location, the location of your buyer, and the weight and/or dimensions of the package. Here you can set a processing time if it applies.

4.) Next, confirm where you’d like to ship. We’ve set the defaults to ship worldwide via popular USPS shipping services.

If you want to change these options, simply click the Edit button and make your changes.

Note: The US is a required shipping destination, but you can add or remove other countries whenever you like. Removing the checkmark from All countries will mean that the profile ships to the US only.

5.) Confirm which USPS shipping methods you’d like to offer. You must offer at least one domestic method and one international method if you’ve decided to ship internationally. We’ve suggested a few shipping methods to get you started that you may either add to or remove.

If you want to change these options, simply click the Edit button and make your changes. You can select or deselect any mail services you wish. You may also choose other shipping service options here as well.

Keep in mind that offering multiple options for your listings will not only give buyers an opportunity to get their order faster but will also help if your items vary in size and weight.

If you'd like, you can choose to offer free domestic and/or international shipping by selecting the applicable boxes.

6.) Set a handling fee, if you like. You can set separate domestic and international handling fees, should you choose. Your handling fee will not be shown to buyers as a separate line item. Instead, it will be included in the total shipping cost.

The handling fee you enter on a profile will be applied to each item in an order. So, if you have two items in an order, each item will have the handling fee applied in the total shipping cost. If you’d prefer to have one handling fee for the whole order, see how to do so in the Package Preferences Help article.

7.) Either save the information as a shipping profile by selecting Save as a shipping profile or simply publish the information by clicking the Publish button.

To set calculated shipping from the Shipping Settings page:

1.) Visit Shop Manager > Listings > Shipping settings. You'll be on the Shipping profiles tab.

2.) Click Create shipping profile if you have not created any yet, or click Add a shipping profile if you have already created profiles in the past.

3.) Make sure your costs are set to Calculate them for me (Recommended).

4.) Next, add your origin zip code, processing times (if you have them), shipping destinations, and the shipping mail class services you offer. You may choose to offer shipping and handling fees here as well.

5.) Finally, enter your profile name and click Create profile to save your new settings. After creating your profile, you’ll be redirected to your shipping profiles tab on the shipping settings page. You should see your new profile in the list along with a text label indicating that shipping is set to calculated prices.

In the tab labeled Rates & upgrades, you may select to offer either Post Office retail rates or Etsy Shipping Label rates. You may also choose to enable or disable upgrades here as well.

Sellers that purchase USPS Shipping Labels on Etsy receive a discounted rate that is cheaper than purchasing the same postage at a USPS retail counter. There is no additional fee to sign up to purchase labels–you’ll only be charged for the postage you purchase when you create the label. Learn more about USPS Shipping Labels on Etsy here.

How to apply calculated shipping to multiple listings

Once you’ve added a weight and dimensions to your listings, you may add a calculated profile to several listings at once from the Listings section of your Shop Manager. To do so, visit Shop Manager > Listings. Click the checkbox for the listings that need calculated shipping profiles. Click More Actions > Shipping Profiles from the dropdown.

Next, select the calculated profile that you’d like to apply to your listings. You’ll be shown a short preview of the profile’s settings including processing time, shipping destinations, handling fee, and mail classes.

Note: Make sure that the listings you’re adding have a calculated profile with weights and dimensions and are eligible for the mail classes that are included in that profile.

Now buyers, regardless of their location, will generate a shipping cost for their orders that is specific to their locations.

What buyers see

When a buyer navigates to the Shipping & Policies tab on one of your calculated shipping listings, he or she may enter a US ZIP code or non-US country to generate a shipping cost for the item that is specific to his or her location.

The price that is shown here will be for the least expensive shipping method you offer that is eligible for the total weight and dimensions of the item.

Buyers may select a faster shipping method in the cart and on the Checkout review page if this is an option that you offer. The availability of each mail class will depend on the total order weight and dimensions.

The mail class selected by the buyer, package type, package dimensions, and package weight will be indicated on both your Sold Orders and Receipt pages.

Buyers will see their chosen shipping method in the order confirmation email and on their purchases and receipt pages. If your calculated profile includes only one shipping method, buyers will see the shipping cost without a specific mail class during checkout.

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