Monday, October 27, 2014

Shipping for Dummies: Introducing a Series

Recently we asked fellow online sellers on our Instagram account what sorts of things they struggled with. The number one answer was resounding: shipping!

So, over the next few months (and probably forever), we will be covering some of the tips and tricks to shipping affordably and safely. One of the last things you want to do is look at your Paypal balance once you have finished shipping and see that you wiped out all your profit by underestimating shipping costs!

We have had our share of shipping snafus. We have had items arrive broken or opened. We have had items arrive at a customer’s doorstep on the opposite side of the world without being scanned once. Items have arrived with postage due, and we have had items sent back to us by the post office- because it was run over (the large tire track down the middle of the package made us suspect it).

Generally speaking, it’s probably safe to assume that it has happened to us! You know that saying about how you learn from your mistakes? Well here’s your opportunity to learn from ours!

As a result of shipping over 750 products before the start of the holiday season has even begun this year, you can rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes to having a clue with shipping! (Almost all of the snafus happened when the business first started out- not recently!)

Here is an idea of some of the topics you can expect through the series:

Why We Don’t Use Fragile Labels- and Why You Shouldn’t Either!
How to Ship Coffee Mugs Cheaply and Safely
Using Stamps.com to Estimate Postage Costs
How to Ship Breakable Items
When to Use Media Mail- and When to Skip It!
Shipping Essentials List- and Some Non-Essentials
How to Save Money on Shipping
Why We Love Frankenboxes
Free USPS Shipping Supplies Police: What’s Legal, What’s Not?
How to File a Claim with USPS (and Win!)

Have any suggestions? Throw them this way! There are no stupid questions- chances are we have asked it too!

***Disclaimer: We aren’t perfect. We make mistakes. We just want to help others! ***

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