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Hey everyone! I'm pretty new to the whole Etsy way of life and I was wondering if any of the more experienced sellers had any advice on shipping. I would like to keep my shipping costs pretty low at either close to or under retail price. I am currently using flat rate shipping from USPS and I was wondering if anyone knew about how I could keep my prices low using a trusted, less pricey shipping service.
Posted at 10:56 pm Jun 12, 2012 EDT
Hi Imani. Welcome.
I use first class USPS with delivery confirmation. It has been the best option for me. I offer priority if requested.
Do you ship in boxes or padded envelopes? Boxes can add a lot of weight.
I generally pack items in small gift boxes, then in padded envelope and use boxes for larger orders.
Posted at 11:32 pm Jun 12, 2012 EDT
I haven't shipped anything yet actually! But i was looking around and the smallest flat rate box and it is the same price as the padded envelop so i just went with box so I wouldn't have to worry about the envelope bending and having my pieces break in them.
Posted at 8:06 am Jun 13, 2012 EDT
If you don't have a scale yet, get one. Anything up to and including 13 oz can go First Class. First Class is just as secure and fast as Priority - they just don't like telling you that.
You can ship everything *except* First Class International from home. You can only schedule a pickup for Priority or higher rates of shipping, though - but you can still put your lighter First Class packages in your mailbox, and if your mail carrier is delivering mail to your house that day, he will pick them up. Less time spent shipping = more profit. ^_^
You can get the label stock to use with the integrated PayPal/USPS shipping at Online Labels. I use these: www.onlinelabels.com/OL9300.htm and it's SO much easier and cheaper than any other method.
Posted at 10:45 am Jun 13, 2012 EDT