5 Etsy & Online Store Shipping Hacks
Hey! If you're here you're probably looking for some tips on shipping items. When I first started my online store I had a lot of shipping questions too. Don't worry I'm here to help you out and share the shipping things I've learned since I started my online store that will ultimately save you money.
1. Boxes - Boxes are important when it comes to shipping your items. I mean we all want our products to arrive safely at their destination. There are so many options for boxes too, I thought a box was just a box, I was wrong and if you've looked into boxes already you've probably discovered that. The products I sell are all different sizes and it's not practical for me to have different boxes for every single one of my products. I separate my products based on size into a few different groups based on size.
Group 1 (Small) Group 2 (Medium) Group 3 (Large)
6" x 12" 10" x 16" 10" x 24"
12" x 12" 12" x 18" 12" x 24"
8" x 10" 18" x 18" 18" x 24"
Box Size: 14" x 14" x 3" Box Size: 20" x 20" x 3" Box Size: 24" x 26" x 3"
From making this list and separating them into size groups, I'll order 3 different sized boxes instead of 9 different sized boxes. It's also important to think about how you will package your items. My items are usually wrapped, and I often use edge protectors which is why I order my boxes a little larger that the actual item size.
Okay so where do you find boxes? You can order boxes from
Amazon - There is a decent selection of good boxes on Amazon. However, boxes come in different thicknesses and weight ratings. If you're shipping big and/or heavy items you need to look at how thick the boxes are. You don't want thin boxes for big and heavy items. Reading the reviews can help you decide if the boxes are right for your products.
Office Depot - Same thing as with Amazon, pay attention to the thickness and weight ratings.
Uline - Has everything you could possibly need when it comes to shipping.
2. Other Box Options - I do also make my own boxes for certain items that are a weird size. I will be honest this is time consuming and they don't always look pretty, but I know my product will arrive to its destination safely. I also save boxes and packing materials from items I've ordered online.
3. Packaging - As I mentioned above, packaging materials are important. If your products don't need packaging materials, skip this section and go to the next. As I mentioned before I use edge protectors for a lot of my items. Depending on the item, I will also wrap them in bubble wrap, kraft paper, packaging foam, or air pillows. You can find these items on Amazon and Uline.
4. Postal Scale - I bought my own postal scale in the very beginning, and I'm so glad I did. It has saved me so much time as opposed to going to the post office (or whichever shipping provider I used), standing in line to get the shipping label. You can also save money on shipping when you purchase the labels online, which brings me to my next point...
5. Shipping Providers - Okay, I'm about to fill you in on a little secret I wish I knew when I first started shipping. That little secret, which really isn't a secret is Ship Nerd. You can save SO much money in shipping costs if you use Ship Nerd. Okay, so you're probably wondering, 'how does Ship Nerd work?' Well first of all, Ship Nerd uses UPS, DHL, and Canpar as shipping services, and it's super easy. You create an account and add your payment information. Then when you ship an item all you need to do is enter where it is going to, and your package weight, I also enter the package dimensions, but that is actually optional. One thing I was a little scared of at first was not knowing who my package was being shipped through until after I paid for the shipping, I mean what if I had to ship a package through a carrier that wasn't located near me? . DON'T LET THIS SCARE YOU! You can fill out a form or shoot Ship Nerd a message and request to have the pickup option enabled on your account. You literally don't have to worry about it all, they can all be picked up. I don't drop off any packages anymore. You can also add integrations for Shopify, Etsy, Ebay, and WooCommerce. This means if someone orders something from one of these, their shipping address and information is automatically pulled into Ship Nerd, all you have to do is confirm and pay for the shipping label. It really is so simple, and I regret not using Ship Nerd sooner. I've used Click n Ship and have purchased my shipping labels through Etsy and I'm telling you, I have saved so much more money in shipping costs using Ship Nerd.
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