Tips for calculating shipping
Setting accurate shipping costs is important. You don’t want to underestimate the cost and have to eat into your profit. You also don’t want to overestimate and risk turning away potential buyers with over priced shipping. Follow these tips to efficiently calculate set shipping costs.
Measuring & Weighing
Our recommendation is to pack, or at least experiment with what sized package your product will need, right after creating your shoppable video, but before completing the listing. Along with determining the dimensions of the package or envelope your product will need, determining the weight is equally as important. This information will be required on shipping calculator sites for the major carriers.
Once you know the dimensions and weight of your package, turn to the shipping calculators provided by the major shipping carriers. Plug in destinations across the country to get a feel for the range of costs to ship your package. Here are a few links to shipping calculators:
Now that you have all of this information, you have two choices for how to use it. If it is specific to this particular product you can enter this information in the product listing, along with your processing time to ship the product. If it is going to be re-used across multiple products then you should create a Shipping Profile in the Profile section of the app. For each product listing you will have this as an option to accelerate the listing process.
In order to prevent cases where your fragile or vintage products get damaged in transit, follow these tips and account for any additional package costs in your shipping profile.
Double Boxing – For the particularly fragile items. Wrap the item in bubble wrap and put it in box #1. Bubble wrap box #1 and then place in bigger box #2, putting stuffing all around the box #1 so it does not move around.
Extra Protective Packaging – It is better to err on the safe side if you are worried about the product being damaged in transit. Spend extra time and materials when packaging fragile items.