Monday, March 12, 2018

The Cost of Free Shipping

The cost of free shipping isn’t a topic I would have originally thought of to write about; especially since we all pretty much realize that shipping charges are buried somewhere in the price of whatever we are purchasing; however, the following information was a huge eye-opener for me. 

Perhaps there are other blog posts about this topic, but I really needed to share my revelation with others, especially since the business that I’m in, I believe most customers would prefer to buy more beads and jewelry making supplies than pay exorbitant FREE shipping charges.

Let me explain.

We all love free shipping and Amazon has pretty much forced large and small businesses to offer free shipping regardless of the cost to business margins or the customer's wallet.

The customer's wallet, how could that be, isn't free shipping is supposed to save us so much money?

Okay, so I mentioned that I sell beads and jewelry making supplies, which for the most part are very light-weight.

This year, and it looks like next year the lovely trend of making silk tassels will continue;

I sell tons of silk cord one is available on spools, and the other is carded, Griffin Silk Cord, and extremely light-weight; so when I saw on Amazon Prime the purchase price so much more than what I was selling the same Griffin Silk for I thought, seriously?

Amazon Prime sellers prices are ranging from $4.49 - $4.98 per item, compared to what I’m selling it for $1.79 - $ 2.21 + $3.93 (shipping & handling) and then $0.15 (on Etsy only, flat rate on my website) for each additional Griffin Silk Cord.

Okay, so if you’re purchasing just ONE carded Griffin Silk Cord you’ll come out a bit cheaper buying from the Amazon Prime seller - but recall that I stated I sell lots and lots of silk cord - and although the average order size varies, most often people purchase 10+ colors (usually more than one color) and in various sizes (sizes range from 0-16).

Now YOU do the math!

This same scenario holds true for other lightweight bead related tools and supplies used by bead art jewelry designers and offered on Amazon Prime.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Amazon Prime and use it maybe more often than I should - it’s just so convenient, but I must admit that after this revelation I have been comparison shopping more often - recently purchased in-store an item priced at $3.24 vs. $9.34 on Amazon Prime- since making this discovery about the cost of free shipping.

Hope you find this information useful and would love to read your comments.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

National Craft Month March 2018

Cat House Beads on Etsy 

March is National Craft Month and for me a great way to celebrate my 1-Year Etsy Anniversary
and to say Thank You for my 300+ 5 Star Rating on Etsy...!

Friday, March 9, 2018

How To Help International Customers Get The Best Shipping Rates

How to Save on International Shipping Costs

International shipping charges are crazy compared to when I first started selling online and I use to ship Internationally on a regular basis, but now I may get one International order every few months and it’s only for one item weighing less than an ounce and paying almost $13 to ship!

I recently received a question about a cheaper shipping rate to another country. I mentioned, reluctantly - as even though what I was telling the customer was accurate I just didn't want them to think I just wanted them to order more items - , that ordering additional items up to 8 oz., (8 ounces shipment cost the same as 1-ounce shipment) was the only way that I knew to save on International shipping.

And although this step I'm mentioning does'nt save on shipping necessarily it helps with overcharging for International shipments.

On my website, International orders are typically much larger so I don’t charge shipping at time of order, but bill separately once I know the exact weight so I don’t overcharge / undercharge.

NOTE: This website is a terrific resource and saved me tons of time searching for all the necessary postage informational regarding weight and cost by country so I wasn’t overcharging my customers.

The bottom line for international customers find a seller that you want several items from that weight less than 8 ounces because the rate is the same to ship 1 ounce or 8 ounces.

I hope you find this information useful; and please add your comments, and suggestions which are much appreciated.

The Cost of Free Shipping

The cost of free shipping isn’t a topic I would have originally thought of to write about; especially since we all pretty much realize th...