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« on: October 30, 2009 07:41:17 AM »

Still doing my prep before opening my shop. I have never shipped anything, ever, in my life. So confused. I'm imagining the steps I'll need to take if I ever do make a sale.

I'm in the U.S.  So, ok, I guess I buy boxes for my stuff?  Where is a good place to get them?  Oh, I'd need bubble wrap too I suppose, to keep stuff from breaking.  So, ok, I wrap it, tape it up, print an address label I guess?  Take it . . . to the post office? UPS store? And they will sell me postage I guess?

Apparently there are all sorts of ways to ship something, and I have no idea how much any of them will cost and which one is the right one to use.

How do you determine your shipping cost ahead of time if you don't know how much the post office will charge until you get there?

Do y'all buy your shipping materials in bulk or wait until you've made a sale before getting the boxes and stuff?
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2009 09:22:41 AM »

Go to www.usps.com & learn about Flat Rate Shipping. You can get boxes sent to your house for FREE & as long as you stay under the weight limit for certain boxes, you pay a set rate. It's pretty reasonable & I believe the only way to go for shipping stuff. Not everything you send will fit in the Flat Rate Boxes, so you will need to buy some big envelopes from store. You will also need a scale (cheap on EBay) & some packing tape & bubble wrap & stuff.

If you haven't already go to http://www.etsy.com/forums_main.php & read up. There are a ton of info regarding shipping & other important good to know stuff regarding opening & maintaining an Etsy shop. Read & educate yourself, you can also post questions there. Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2009 09:40:29 AM »

A lot of this stuff has been talked about before on the business boards. Definitely do some searching around and you will find some helpful info. Smiley

(Also, I'm going to move this to the main business board as it is not specifically etsy related.)

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