I Need Advice

26 May

With the changes in the world, I really want to get back to promoting and selling my products through my website.

infinity scarf

I keep expanding what I make, but that means I have to deal with shipping.  I can’t find a way to figure shipping that gives me control.

candles and wax melts

Paypal lets me create shipping based on dollar amount or weight.  But it doesn’t let me fluctuate between methods the way I need.

hats and ear band

Right now, my shipping is set for soap sales.

goats milk soap

I can upgrade my account at Weebly to use their shipping calculator, but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problem.

fine art print

My understanding is that Etsy no longer lets you charge shipping.  I thought about using Facebook, but I’m not sure how that works.

note cards

I can add shipping to the cost of the product, but I still can get weird combinations that means people could pay a lot more than they need to for me to ship their items if I have to jack up the price of everything.

feed sack totes

I really don’t want to do that.  I just got a lot of my inventory back from the consignment shop where I had to jack up the prices by twenty percent so they could have their cut.

goat’s milk lotion

It could also leave me stuck paying a large amount of postage and losing money on an order if I don’t add enough to items.

I try to keep my prices reasonable.  I haven’t raised the prices of my soaps since I started making them, and trust me the cost of supplies has gone up.

dish cloths, dryer balls, and coasters

I do allow for people to message me what they want, and then I can figure the price of shipping and send an invoice, which works well, but would most people be okay with that in our world of instant gratification?

hand knit llama wool rugs

What do you think?  Any ideas?

4 Responses to “I Need Advice”

  1. Jeanne May 26, 2020 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m afraid I’m no help at all! Sorry! I hope someone has some ideas.

  2. hocuspocus13 May 26, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    The Post Office has Flat Rate Mailing Packaging

    Any weight
    Any distance
    Anywhere in the USA

    Flat Rate costs between $7 to $9 to ship anywhere in the USA at any weight

    You can stuff as much product as you can fit in each package

    You can pick them up at your local Post Office

    Just ask for the Flat Rate Packaging (box bags or large cardboard envelopes)

    You can then (if you choose) offer Free Shipping to your Customers which is very appealing

    Just add a bit onto the purchase price to cover costs

  3. janicead May 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

    Have you tried e-bay? Realizing you items are more boutique but would not hurt to look.

  4. Eileen Wise May 27, 2020 at 6:08 am #

    Hello, I wish I could help. It seems like the 2nd comment above has a good answer. Good luck. Take care and have a great day!

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