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I hate going to the post office. I’m not close to my “home” office and it is highly inconvenient. When I started getting more active on the BST groups on Facebook, I decided I needed to invest the quickest and cheapest option to mail my goodies out rather than having to go to the post office. I also didn’t want to haul a 30+ lb pumpkin seat in with me every time I went.
So here is my tutorial on how to ship from home. I use PayPal for everything. There are 2 ways to ship.
1) If you use PayPal’s invoicing system (highly recommended), you can simply select Buy Postage and fill out the form and print. I’ll go into more detail about the form below.
2) If you do not use the PayPal Invoicing system or just need to ship – go to Ship Now.
Anything you ship under 13 oz is considered 1st class mail. Anything over that is going to be considered Priority shipping.
I Would Recommend 4 Things:
1) A Kitchen Scale – I have this one. It’s the best selling one on Amazon. I’ve had great results with it.
2) Poly Mailer Bags – I have these from Amazon. 100 for $7 and Prime? I’ll take it. I’ve also bought them on eBay too.
3) Packing Tape – Don’t buy the $1 Store Tape – it’s not good.
4) Home Printer
Service Type – First Class Mail Parcel (2-5 days)
Package Size – Package/Thick Envelope
Enter weight (not to exceed 13 oz)
If you are over the 13 oz – select priority. They will want you to enter the dimensions of the package you are shipping, but still cheaper than the PO!
Any item you are shipping in a poly bag – DOUBLE BAG it. I’ve seen horror stories where an item gets stuck in the metal arms at the PO and an item is cut to shreds. Put that extra layer of protection in place. I personally go to the $1 store and buy the gallon zip top bags and then add them to the poly bag. I have lots of friends who put their items in a poly bag, close it and then use another poly – your choice.
Fold your poly bag so it’s as snug as possible. I do this to insure that it again doesn’t get stuck in a machine. If there is floppy plastic, fold over for a tighter package and I always use extra packing tape.
How much should I charge? – good question! I always look at it this way – I need to include enough to cover my PayPal and Shipping costs. This was a handy chart that I use. This was one I got from another group I belong to so I can’t take credit. Depending on my item – I include $3-4 for shipping and fees.
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