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How to calculate shipping

Currently I am only shipping within the United States. I of course want to ship world wide but, just don't know how to do that.
I went on the usps site and tried using the calculator it is asking for zipcodes. I don't have those yet? Do I just look up a zipcode for a place that I would ship to then use the calcultor? I do know that within the same state you can have different shipping prices. Do I sound confused I really am!
Can someone help?

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Sounds like you need some advice from GoTo!
Maybe she will pop in with all her helpful advice and links.
here is a good thread:

follow the link in the first post and go to her blog- that is how I did mine.
There is a wealth of info on shipping she has put together!
I don't think shipping prices vary that much within one state.
Since you can put in only one shipping price for within the country, I look up a zipcode in the farthest state. I use that to calculate my shipping price (I add packaging materials, "handling" and insurance). For sales to closer places, I simply refund the extra.
Thanks for linking to my thread sleepyhollowfolkart!

(Hi papergirlstudios!)
When you use the USPS calculator, Irma, for other countries you only put in the country name. the zipcode boxes are for domestic shipping only.

From the U.S., you might want to price shipping for Canada, maybe Mexico, and then distant countries. Australia is a good one to use for that. If you are going to use the "Everywhere Else" line, then you need to make sure your shipping price is high enough to cover the highest postage you can find. If it is more than needed for the destination country, you can easily refund excess through Paypal, but you can't ask for additional to cover your costs.
Awesome!Thank you all.

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