A Beginner’s Guide to Shipping
It’s natural to be concerned about the shipping and handling process; however, as any seasoned seller will tell you, it gets easier with time and practice. Read on for advice on how to estimate shipping costs, package items safely, and keep customers happy along the way.
1. Calculate Your Shipping Costs
The first step in calculating the cost of postage is to determine the weight and dimensions of your item; many shipping prices are based on “weight tiers.” Take your items to the post office and use their free postal scales, or look up the average weight of an item similar to yours online. Etsy sellers can offer both express and international shipping options based on their item’s weight and package dimensions.
2. Keep Your Customer Informed
Set clear expectations about how long it will take you to prepare and ship an order, and provide tracking information when possible so buyers can track their item’s progress. If you’re concerned about extra shipping costs, consider offering tracking as a shipping upgrade.
3. Pack Your Order
Once your item sells, it’s time to ship it safely and securely. Julia suggests double boxing fragile items to allow for “crush room,” and if you’re shipping an unusually sized item, consider making your own box out of cardboard, a knife, and packing tape.
How do I avoid shipping fees on Etsy?
Some helpful hints for shipping on Etsy!
- Charge a reasonable shipping rate and you won’t feel bad.
- Use calculated shipping unless you are certain of your costs.
- Try free shipping on a few items first to see if it increases sales
- you don’t have to do your entire store at once.
Why does Etsy charge so much for shipping?
Re: Why are Etsy’s Shipping Costs So Much Higher Than USPS? The price you see that is so much lower than the other options is RETAIL Ground (must be purchased at PO, not online) and it doesn’t come with insurance, has restrictions on which zones it can be used for, and so on.
Should I make shipping free on Etsy?
Your customers will never be surprised at checkout if you offer free shipping, and they will be more likely to complete the transaction if they see FREE shipping. Learn more about free shipping as a marketing tactic in the Seller Handbook. You can also offer a free shipping guarantee.
Who pays for shipping on Etsy?
By selling on Etsy, you agree to: A. ship your sold items to buyers; if you use a shipping or fulfillment service, keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your buyers receive their orders.
How do you ship on Etsy for beginners?
Sellers who use Etsy Payments or PayPal in the United States or Canada can go to:
- Your Shop Orders.
- Click “Print Shipping Label.”
- Select your carrier (FedEx or USPS in the US, and Canada Post in Canada).
- Enter your shipping method, package type, weight, and other details.
- Confirm your details.
Why is Etsy charging me so much for shipping?
The shipping transaction fee ensures that the standard 5% transaction fee is applied to the entire price you charge the buyer, as well as removing any incentive to have disproportionate shipping prices. For example, suppose you sell a $30 item on Etsy with a $5 shipping transaction fee.
Why are my Etsy fees so high?
Etsy charges a variety of fees, ranging from listing fees to transaction fees and payment processing fees, and it can be difficult to keep track of them all (and figure out how much you’ll owe Etsy for each sale). Etsy has also been known to raise or add new fees, leaving many sellers looking for a way out.
Why is Etsy shipping expensive?
Overall, shipping costs on Etsy are high because, in many cases, they will not combine if you are purchasing from multiple sellers, which is where things get really expensive: you could end up paying a lot in shipping because sellers do not receive a discount for the shipping rates they pay.
Who pays for free shipping on Etsy?
When a listing says “free shipping,” it means “the seller will pay to have it shipped to the buyer.” If you say “free shipping over $35” in your shop, it means “you will pay for shipping if I buy $35 (or more) worth of stuff.”
How can people afford free shipping on Etsy?
To offer free shipping to buyers anywhere in the world, change your shipping prices to 0.00. The simplest way to make free shipping work for your shop is to price your items so that the shipping cost is included in the item list price.
Is it cheaper to offer free shipping on Etsy?
Lower-cost shipping listings are more likely to rank higher in search, and offering free shipping can boost your ranking even further, as shoppers will see a free shipping badge on the listing in search results.
Is Etsy worth using?
You can make your decision because Etsy is constantly evolving to be a better platform for both sellers and buyers, and it is still on its way to becoming the world’s most popular marketplace. If you have something unique to offer and want to create a brand out of your creativity, Etsy is definitely worth your time and effort.
How much does Etsy charge per sale?
When an item sells, we charge a 5% transaction fee on the sale price (including the shipping price you set), plus a 3% $0.25 payment processing fee if you accept payments through Etsy Payments.
How much should my handling fee be on Etsy?
If you feel the need to include a handling fee, it should only cover the cost of packing and shipping per item; anyone looking to buy something will be surprised to see a $3 charge that isn’t what they expected, especially when most domestic shipping is already between $2.50 and $3.50.