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Posted on For those with experience in selling online, Question about shipping???

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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 07:47 PM

There’s no single recipe for pancakes in the shipping world.

If this is going to be a regular part of your workaday world, consider getting a UPS and/or Fedex account. Quantity brings discounts in their world and it simplifies a lot of details. I have such an account with UPS and I get billed twice a month. Clearly the improvement in their cash flow is the trade for my discount.

Long things still go by UPS/Fedex; freight is weight.

USPS will pick up at your place. The Priority boxes are a great convenience. Stock them at home (they’ll ship them, you just pay the shipping), use the single sheet peel and stick labels. Label on the box, receipt (with tracking number and all) gets stuck on a master sheet with a one word note of the item in the box. Literally minutes from payment to out the door. Even if shipping by another method would be cheaper, the speed of Priority is a compelling factor to me.

Dallas, at our PO there is a dump chute for boxes and if the box is too large, a place on the counter. I can walk in, walk to the service desk, set the box down, smile at the employee and turn and run the gauntlet of scowls from the hoi poloi.

Anything that’s remotely breakable, double box it. If there’s a claim, UPS won’t even talk to you unless it was double boxed.

I do a lot of box making with my 4×8 sheets of corrugated. They can be cut (it takes extreme care) on the tablesaw. You can stick them together temporarily with hot glue, then seal all the seams with packaging tape. I buy the best ($$) tape I can find and use a made in usa tape dispenser. Fast and accurate. Sometimes I rip softwood 3/4×3/4 and use it for reinforcement inside corners. Hot melt or yellow glue.



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