Shipping costs can be, well, costly. And of course, you don’t want to charge your customers with that extra cost. So how to save money on shipping your craft products?
Maybe you have tried multiple shipping carriers before including Fedex, UPS, and USPS and you ship at least 10 packages a week. After reading what top Etsy sellers say about his matter, their solution and preferred shipping carrier is USPS, and I’ll tell you why.
1. Free If You Ship Supplies
USPS Priority Mail prices are based on the actual size of the package itself, regardless of how much the package weighs or where it’s going. Priority Mail boxes say “If it fits, it ships!”. There are also Priority Mail Regional boxes, which is a favorite of Etsy sellers. Priority Mail Regional shipping costs depend on how far the box will go. If you are shipping a package that is located within your “region”, your shipping costs will be quite minimal.
You can purchase free priority mail boxes via USPS. If you buy boxes at a Walmart or Target then chances are you are paying anywhere from $1.50 to $2.00 per box. If you order USPS Priority Mail boxes through the USPS website, your total cost would be $0.00. You won’t even have to pay for shipping! some etsy sellers buy 30 padded envelopes and 50 priority mail boxes and they literally don’t pay a thing. Even better, they are delivered to their front door for free! You will be saving hundreds of dollars a year because you don’t have to pay for boxes or envelopes.
2. Less Shipping Price
Shipping costs are considerably less expensive when shipping with the USPS Priority Mail rather than using UPS or Fedex even if you have a business account through Fedex or UPS!
Here’s a quick example from an Etsy seller: I have a box of invitations that I want to mail out, all together the package will weigh approximately 2lbs and 4 ounces. Through Etsy’s shipping labels, I determined that a 2.4lb padded priority envelope will cost $5.70 and a Priority Regional Box will cost me $5.32.
To check into the UPS pricing, I logged into my UPS Business Account (supposedly you get a discount on business accounts) and found that UPS Ground is the cheapest rate, which would cost $7.05. Likewise, when using a Fedex business account the cheapest shipping method is Fedex Ground and that would cost me $7.68. Also keep in mind that when using Fedex or UPS you will have to pay for packaging, so tack on another $1.50 or so for a box to those prices.
3. Fast Shipping
Like many Etsy sellers, you want to make sure that you provide excellent customer service, and this includes making sure that packages get to their destination quickly. Of course, you don’t want your customers waiting an extra week for their packages because you wanted to skimp on shipping costs. Generally, priority mail packages take 2 to 3 days to get to their destination. That will impress your customers and might leave reviews on your shop.
Excellent reviews are everything when it comes to selling on Etsy, if these Etsy sellers didn’t have such great reviews, they probably wouldn’t have as many sales as they do.
4. Saves You Time And Gas
If you are using USPS Priority Mail, you can schedule to have your mail carrier pick up your package from your front door. Scheduling a pickup is so easy on USPS.com. This means that you will not only save time by not having to go to the post office, you will be saving auto fuel as well!
Do you pass by a blue mailbox in your community on a daily basis? If your package can fit in that mailbox you can drop it in! There is a sticker on all blue mailboxes that states “all mail that bears postage stamps and weighs over 13 ounces must be taken by the customer to a retail counter at a post office.” If your package weighs over 13 ounces you can still drop it in the mailbox as long as it has a pre-paid label on it. You can drop anywhere from 1 to 10 padded envelope packages daily in a blue mailbox.