Thursday, January 17, 2013
Damn You, USPS!
This past week I finally downloaded the new shipping tables. (You can find them here.) I was right on as far as domestic shipping up to 3#, but was NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. for the international numbers. The average increase will be 58% with some locations seeing increases over 100% for First Class International. This could mean a $3-$10 LOSS in shipping per sold item if I don't get my shipping adjusted.
Here is another problem.
Etsy doesn't have a shipping calculator.
I have 650+ listings.
I have many items that ship at different rates and with different services which means that a bulk editing service isn't going to help me.
I started adjusting my numbers yesterday. It takes me about an hour to do 50 listings. 11 extra hours of work. (13 total, but I already completed 2 hours!)
Tick-tock. Gotta get it done before the 27th.
Thank the Lord I use calculated shipping on eBay!!!!!
With such a massive increase in international shipping, I foresee my international sales dropping. Not that I blame anyone.......except USPS.
I also signed up for a Fedex account through Etsy. It will now be cheaper to ship anything weighing 4 pounds and up by Fedex Ground instead of the new Standard Post (Parcel Post). AND, not to mention, loads faster! I'm very glad that the majority of my items will ship domestically for $12 and under with only a handful of items being more than $12 to ship.
How are you dealing with the shipping increase? Do you use calculated shipping on eBay or flat shipping costs?
Here is another handy tool you can use to figure the increase in cost. I have looked at it and it is based on the commercial tables and not on the retail tables, but still a great resource to use. (I use retail pricing in my listings to make sure I have enough to cover shipping and a reasonable handling charge.)
2013 Shipping Calculator
I'm off to adjust some more listings.........