Monday, August 06, 2007

Shipping

One of the most confusing things for new sellers is shipping. And just when I had shipping down pat...the darn post office went and upped their rates. Grrr. From the time when rates went up in May until mid June, I didn't raise my shipping prices because I hadn't felt up to tackling it. Also in that time I was making very consistent sales. Most consistent, in fact, than ever before in the history of my shop.

So, realizing I was losing money on every item I shipped, I got my rear in gear and updated my shipping prices. No sales for 6 weeks. I only recently made that connection, while talking to some people in one of my street teams. It was like a lightbulb went on. However, I've been busy, and thus not really able to deal with it just yet.

Then the other day I sold two cards (yay!) and I got a firsthand look at what my shipping was playing out as. Yikes! No wonder sales dropped off. I'd probably hightail it out of my shop too!

Needless to say, I plan on lowering my shipping costs. The plan is to weigh various combinations and fiddle with PayPal and the USPS websites to find something more reasonable. I will try to get on that this weekend.

Just goes to show that simply plunking the weights into the USPS online calculator wasn't enough.

5 comments:

  1. Yeah, I've had trouble figuring out postage too, even though the Finnish PO is more simple than the US one sounds like. If it's any concolation, I suspect everyone has. ;) I'm soooo happy about the kitchen scale I got a while back, it's made things a lot easier.

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  2. yeah, shipping calculations can be a real bummer :(

    Congrats on your sales though!

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  3. the new postage rules make what used to be so easy now sooo difficult - you have my sympathy! and, while I love Etsy, it tough when you have to edit every single item in your shop whenever you change shipping - good luck!!

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  4. oh shipping was such a pain!! I hope you get everything figured out soon and USPS leaves well enough alone =o)




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  5. Morrgan--I have a scale, I've just been so confused by the new regulations. Sometimes I can send it as first class, sometimes its a large envelope, sometimes it's a package--and now they all have different rates! UGH! : )

    Thanks Liz! ^_^

    Bonny--If I ever get admin's ear, that would be the thing I would ask for--shipping profiles that automatically update...ah... : )

    Sweet Spice--Hopefully, it seems like they keep raising rates more and more often. It had only been about a year and half since the last rate hike! Boo.

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