I recently changed domestic shipping rates for my Etsy shop to accommodate the higher price at the post office.
|Loretta at Etsy shop ThoughtfulGemsCrafts|
Now I find that the rate is much lower with the same services at Paypal, so I am adjusting them again. The same package shipped USPS Delivery Confirmation from the post office costing me $2.80 can be shipped for $1.81, USPS Delivery Confirmation by going through Paypal. I do not understand this. I did a little research on the Internet and can find no explanation for such a large discrepancy.
You can bet I will be using Paypal for domestic shipping.
For international shipping, I could only find rates from $16-30, no matter how light the package until a friend told me to go down to the obscure bottom of the International Services options page and select First Class. Voila! I reinstated international shipping in my Etsy shop!!
I would never have seen this option without a good friend's help. Thanks, Jan!!
|Lisa Jones of Etsy shop TinyTerrains|
How I calculate International Rate: Go to https://www.usps.com/ship/first-class-international.htm. Choose 'calculate shipping' (don't bother with the above list). Choose a destination (any destination, do this several times to get a good feel for how much to charge). Choose 'package' and put in 3 oz. for jewelry. Go down and select 'First Class Mail International Options' which will give the Post Office price.
I am newer at the Paypal process. I know to select shipping label. When I get to the part where it looks like I have to buy Signature Confirmation to get Delivery Confirmation, I ignore that and go on (this had always stopped me before). Delivery Confirmation is automatically given on First Class shipping choice from Paypal.
|H. Schmidt and Son, New Orleans, Etsy shop 208GOLD|
P.S. I'd love to hear about anyone else's advice about shipping. I haven't had any experience with other options, such as Stamps.com or Priority Mail. So far USPS has been less expensive than UPS or Fed Ex.
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