WTH? MAILING COSTS?

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    So I just went to the post office to mail out a bar of soap (it is 5.5oz). I wanted it to go USPS parcel post. It is going to cost me $8.43!!! [​IMG]

    That's like me LOSING money on my soap. My soaps are around $4 each and I charge $5.00 for shipping. Each soap costs me roughly $2.00 to make!!!

    I just raised my shipping prices to $6.95 and I'll have to raise my soap prices AGAIN. GRRRR!!!
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    They keep raising their shipping. [​IMG]

    Flat rate box used to be $8.95, then it went to $9.10, now it is $9.30. Those are the online prices. You save about .20 cents if you print them out at home, and pay online.
     
  3. kimnkell

    kimnkell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You can ship up to 16 oz. via Priority Mail for only 4.80 or do Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope for 4.80 and put as much as you can get into the envelope. Also, you can do first class up to 13 oz and I don't think it will go over 4.00 . For 5.5 oz. if you did first class it shouldn't cost over 3.00... I usually ship all of my products online thru usps or paypal and I have a scale so it's pretty good that way . You even get a small discount for shipping online.
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I hear ya...

    I mailed 4 boxes last week... Spent $65. [​IMG] The PO is getting ridiculous. They keep jacking prices and we keep getting the same sh*tty service. I want to know WHY I pay $12 shipping for eggs and yet they STILL show up broken? That price should ensure that they arrived in PERFECT condition... Yet it doesn't. [​IMG]
     
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yeah, I usually do all of my lables online....yeah...duck eggs are now $9.30 for flat rate. It's cheapest for them to go priority in the 7x7x6 boxes. That runs about $4.76 every time for 6+ eggs.
     
  6. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:You can ship up to 16 oz. via Priority Mail for only 4.80 or do Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope for 4.80 and put as much as you can get into the envelope. Also, you can do first class up to 13 oz and I don't think it will go over 4.00 . For 5.5 oz. if you did first class it shouldn't cost over 3.00... I usually ship all of my products online thru usps or paypal and I have a scale so it's pretty good that way . You even get a small discount for shipping online.

    Yeah, I called the post office & they said it would be cheaper to have it go Priority than parcel post??!?
     
  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yeah, I hear ya on that one! [​IMG]
     
  8. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Quote:That bar of soap to ship should have cost you MAX $4 something for priority in a flat rate envelope. First Class should have been less.

    NEVER NEVER use Parcel post for packages under 13 oz.

    If you use Parcel Post within a certain distance from your shipping zip code, it will be much higher than priority mail. Parcel Post usually isn't very affordable, unless the packages are very heavy or it is going a long distance.

    Consider flat rate priority mail envelopes (the paper ones). For years and still now, I stuff those babies full to ship. The only "rule" I have been told is it can go stuffed full, but can only have 1 piece of tape across the tab in order to secure it shut.

    Also....ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check for the cheapest rate by using www.usps.com

    Also, now days, you get a small discount if you print your labels online. I always print my labels through the paypal payment.

    I've shipped with my websites for 6 years....it always pays to spend just a minute to compare rates to ship the cheapest as possible.

    The 7x7x6 boxes ship for the $4 something price, as long as it stays at 15 oz or less.

    HTH
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  9. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you, Amy! I'm going with Priority Mail from now on! And Flat Rate for larger shipments!
     
  10. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    The flat rate envelopes work great for shipping soaps. You can easily fit 4 large bars in there.
     

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