|My USPS Scale|
I absolutely love love love running my three Etsy shops! Everything, the marketing, photography, shopping, even the packing!
My one nemesis is shipping! I honestly think some shoppers think I make up random shipping costs!
But, I use a scientific method (okay, it's as close as I get to a scientific method!)!
|Milk Glass Bowl|
Take, for instance, this pretty milk glass bowl. When I listed this, I placed it on my scale, with a box (that has a bit of packing material in it). It weighs 1 lb, 5 oz. I know from experience, that the total weight will end up being almost an extra pound from the original weight.
I usually use priority shipping, and have printed out the costs (for the USA). I will use the farthest zone for my shipping quote, and refund if it is less.
I will also add at least a $1.00 for packing material. I use plenty of bubble wrap and that is an expensive item!
For international shipping, I have made up a list of shipping information for Canada and "Everywhere Else" (I usually use the costs for Australia since that is one of the most expensive countries to ship to).
So that's a quick summary. There's a lot more you need to know, and I will be happy to elaborate. Maybe next I will talk about the use of oversize boxes (be careful with this one, as you can be charged a crazy extra charge by the USPS!).