|I always keep a good supply of pretty ribbons for my orders!|
I live in Ohio and shipped a large box (14 x 14 x 14), weighing almost 15 lbs, to Illinois. Including insurance, it was under $17.00. I do add on the cost of the box and packing material (if I can use a USPS box that sames money). My customer received a significant refund since shipping costs were much less than quoted.
If I was sending that same box to California, the cost would be $38.30, and that is if I prepare the label online, otherwise, it would cost over $41.00 at the post office.
In the case of the California shipping, I would have packed it differently. The order was a set of luncheon plates, bread & butter plates, berry bowls, and 2 teacups.
I would have definitely shipped the luncheon plates in flat rate box, which is $14.95 (a little less when prepared online). I most likely could have fit the other items in a USPS 12 x 12 x 8 box.
USPS charges extra (quite a bit extra) for an oversized box if shipping to the farther distances, such as CA. It definitely is a better idea to break up the order, than paying the crazy price for an oversized box.
When I list an item, I use my USPS scale, with a box and packing material (to get a more accurate weight), and then add the item. My shipping quote is for the farther distances, and then I can just refund any shipping costs for the closer zips.
I love everything about my Etsy shops, but shipping has always been my nemesis. I really just wanted to use the word nemesis in a sentence!