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Etsy Success: Shipping for the Holidays

Nov 25, 2010

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

When I was a full-time seller, I’d drop my packages off at our local post office daily. There was one particularly prickly postal worker with whom I was determined to make friends (this made my trips a little more interesting). It was a misunderstanding that finally cracked her. She was arguing with a difficult customer before me and when it was my turn, with a smile I said, “Well someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!”.  She thought I meant her instead of the grumpy customer and she threw her head back laughing. She said, “Thanks for putting me in my place!” with a grin I’d never seen before, finally warming up to me. Sometimes you just need to challenge people in order to grab their attention, I suppose.

I’m sure many of you out there are like me, and are quite familiar with the quirks and challenges of shipping those handmade and vintage items (and all those supplies!) and have picked up lessons in the art of shipping along the way. I’m happy to gather these tips and shortcuts in this article in hopes to help those shipping adventures go a little more smoothly.

First things first, let’s let your buyer know where you are shipping from. Make sure your location is set to City, State or, if you are outside the U.S., we suggest City, Country. You can set this up in your Public Profile. Then make sure your Shipping Profiles are set up just how you want them.

Now, let’s get your office or studio set you up for success. Besides the obvious pile of boxes and mailers, here’s what every good shipping station needs:

  • Packing tape
  • Junky (but sharp) scissors
  • Pens and markers
  • Stickers/stamps
  • Old magazines, catalogs and newspapers for stuffing boxes
  • The Etsy seller behind badcandystudios suggests, “Unbuttered, unsalted plain ol’ popcorn makes for absolutely FANTASTIC packing peanuts. It’s cheap and it’s 100% biodegradable.”
  • Plenty of “Thank You” notes and business cards
  • A stack of necessary delivery confirmation/custom forms
  • A scale
  • A long ruler. Or better yet, create your own quick measurement station with masking tape like so:

Shipping How-To’s:

Packaging  Resources: 

Postage Resources: 

  • Did you know FedEx offers Etsy sellers special discounts up to 21% plus an additional 5% when creating shipping labels at Here are all the details, terms and conditions.
  • Be sure to spell out your own shipping deadlines in your shop announcement and shop policies page. Check out your preferred postal carriers website to learn more.

Expedited Shipping:

Planning on offering quick shipping options for your buyers? Make sure your expedited shipping terms are written clearly in your Shop Policies. Please tag your items “expedited shipping” to help shoppers find you.

What are your holiday shipping tips? Share ideas in the comments below.

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  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 8 years ago

    wonderful information, I wasn't aware of the Fed Ex discount. thanks and happy thanksgiving!

  • LarqueByjason

    LarqueByjason said 8 years ago

    Really Helpful, Thanks so much.

  • tangente

    tangente said 8 years ago

    Great info. That measuring station is cool.

  • dicopebisuteria

    dicopebisuteria said 8 years ago

    Wonderful tips !! Thank you ;D

  • PerpetualOne

    PerpetualOne said 8 years ago

    Great reminders, thank-you for sharing

  • ismay

    ismay said 8 years ago

    I love the idea of a masking tape measurement station! Thank you :)

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 8 years ago

    I hope someone can take a look at the FedEx page. The Benefits and Program Agreement links are all not working. It's been like this since months ago.

  • prettypanda

    prettypanda said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tip and happy thanksgiving to you!

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 8 years ago

    And thanks Danielle for the tips! I love packing and am going to love that measurement station! :D Would be good if we the international sellers can apply for the FedEx deal too. :)

  • eclecticarmadillo

    eclecticarmadillo said 8 years ago

    Great blog post, Danielle! That masking tape/measure on the floor/wall is absolutely f'n brilliant!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Great tips, must say I'm starting to get on first name terms with the postal staff!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Danielle wonderful tips ! Thank you ;)

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 8 years ago

    weve made mighty good friends with our downtown postal clerks over the last couple of years! love them all! happy holidays everyone! xoxox vic n vera

  • mimisrecycledesigns

    mimisrecycledesigns said 8 years ago

    Great tips, love the shipping station. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 8 years ago

    Köszi! Many thanks for these shipping news!

  • tlchandmadetreasures

    tlchandmadetreasures said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great information!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Great info! Thanks for the tips! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! My post office is already getting long lines! Happy Thanksgiving! xoxoo

  • UniquelyYoursbyCil

    UniquelyYoursbyCil said 8 years ago

    Great Article with excellent info and tips- thanks much!!!

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign said 8 years ago

    Great tips:D thanks a lot!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful tips and resources!

  • beadparty

    beadparty said 8 years ago

    Anything to make shipping easier is worth it!!! Also, you can use PayPal to print your shipping labels - it's great because it automatically inserts the addresses for you, and it automatically deducts the cost from your PayPal account - nifty! I use it for all of my U.S. shipping.

  • VooDooRaggDoll

    VooDooRaggDoll said 8 years ago

    As a USPS employee who helps track down missing or delayed packages, I beg you... Please, please please put a packing slip with shipping information and return address inside your packages, too. If the label gets damaged, this is the only way we can figure out where it goes. This is true for Fedex and UPS, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    Packing popcorn! I love it. And I hope everyone has a lovely, yummy Thanksgiving.

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 8 years ago

    Timely tips, thank you!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 8 years ago

    Great! Thank you!!

  • ArtsiBitsi

    ArtsiBitsi said 8 years ago

    I laughed at Danielle's story about the postal clerks. The postmistress at my little country PO is slowly training me to be a better shipper. Every time I come in, she's got another piece of advice. If I ever make it big, she's totally going to take all of the credit. Like, "oh yeah, I remember that ArtsiBitsi... I taught her everything she knows about customs forms."

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 8 years ago

    thank you!!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the tips! Always good to have a refresher with some fresh new ideas!

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 8 years ago

    Great idea with that measuring center because I always misplace my measuring tapes!

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge said 8 years ago

    My local post offices are AMAZING! The people there are all WONDERFUL. Please don't forget the people who work so hard to ensure delivery of your treasures and precious handmade items this Christmas! also: What VoodooRagdoll said!! and: Be sure to state your shipping policies very clearly in your shop, and if you have any issues, be sure your customers understand those policies. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS save your customs, DC, insurance and postal receipts. This not only gives your customers a way to track a package, it will protect you as a seller if a buyer files a paypal claim for non-receipt, and to put it honestly, will save you both a lot of grief in the long run. Always purchase insurance coverage on very fragile items. I am getting to the point that I may require delivery confirmation to be purchased on all packages from now on so I always have a tracking number on a package. I have always avoided having to increase my shipping charges like the plaque, but I am beginning to think that it is necessary. Happy Buying. Happy Selling! Happy Buyers! Happy Sellers! The above tips will help it remain like it has always been here at Etsy in the past: Hassle free! All of the above will ensure this. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    absolutely great article Danielle, thanks so much!!!!!

  • vintageandcrafty

    vintageandcrafty said 8 years ago

    thank you!!!

  • artlandish

    artlandish said 8 years ago

    Great info - love the measuring center idea! PayPal is fantastic for making shipping labels - they automatically incorporate a 5% discount (leastwise for us Canadian sellers they do!) All done, right from your home! This is the best way to impress your local posties! You`ve done all the work for them. Thanks for the tips - most timely!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 8 years ago

    Thank you for all of these helpful tips! I am all set to offer my customers Expedited Shipping this holiday shopping season. :)

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 8 years ago

    Great tips!

  • HopesAndDreamz

    HopesAndDreamz said 8 years ago

    Thank you. I didn't know about the Fed-x discounts.

  • kikisthisandthat

    kikisthisandthat said 8 years ago

    Great wealth of information! Thanks!

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the info. That mailing station is awesome.

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 8 years ago

    I think shipping is one of the more challenging things, figuring cost. All these tips and links are great. I love the ideas from others and you, experience is the best teacher.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Love the triple tape measure idea. Now I know what to do with all those Ikea tape measures I've accumulated. Thanks for the tips.

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 8 years ago

    Love that measurement station! Brilliant, thank you!!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    Great tips, as always.

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 8 years ago

    As always Danielle, you're articles are extremely helpful. I'm sure I'll be referring back to this time and again. Cheers + Happy Happy Holidays to you and yours, Mandy

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Hi Danielle, thanks for the informative article, I especially raised an eyebrow when i read that real popcorn (unsalted, unbuttered) could work for packing peanuts! :) I really need to get many of the things on this list, including a scale.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    I don't use PayPal to buy & print shipping labels because my local Post Office deserves the work... so many rural Post Offices have closed in the UK simply because people can't be bothered to use them. Using PayPal for the labels doesn't really save time, you still have to stand in the queue to get the Proof of Posting stamped, so you just take away the Post Office income without reducing their workload. It's also very wasteful of paper. But I fill in all the customs labels & Certificates of Posting at home before I go... if you ask nicely they'll give you a whole pad of certificates & a whole roll of customs labels. I use regular kitchen scales for weighing, they're accurate enough for the customs forms, & you can get a good idea of how much it's likely to cost, as well as packaging instructions & a list of items that are not allowed in the mail or are uninsurable, at the Royal Mail website here: For larger parcels that require a courier I use this website: On top of that,I shred all my old invoices & any junk mail containing my address to use as padding inside packages. I've tried plain popcorn as well as corn starch packing peanuts, but my dog eats them so I stick to paper! :-)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    p.s. LOVE the top photo!! :)

  • katrinshine

    katrinshine said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great information!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 8 years ago

    Great info!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    OMG! I LOVE the popcorn idea - never would have thought of that. xo, MJ

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon said 8 years ago

    Thanks for helping to simplify what's a really complex topic ... before I became an Etsy seller I thought shipping things was simple, but really, when you've got so many factors to think about, it gets really complex! One thing that I'm enjoying this holiday season is offering free shipping on everything - it's actually made my life easier! Obviously it will only work if you're prepared to absorb this cost, but my shop doesn't sell a ton yet, so it's a good offer, and incentive to buy (I hope) - but the result I hadn't been expecting was realizing that it actually made my life simpler!

  • treasureagain

    treasureagain said 8 years ago

    Thank you for always sharing such great information!! I LOVE using Paypal to print my labels. I live in a rural area and the postal worker was not so pleased at first because she thought I was taking away her job. But, all of a sudden she was nicer to me, and I think that is when she found out that our post office still gets the credit for it. At least that is what I found out the day the substitute was in.... I like Danielle's story of working with her postal worker. I can relate. Generally, it is a GOOD experience and I appreciate being able to have such services available!!! The thought of a package going to Hawaii and being there in a couple of days....can't beat that! Something more to be THANKFUL for!

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful tips! Never thought of popcorn! I use tissue paper.:)

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 8 years ago

    Hi Danielle! Here is the link from our Spanish's postal service website

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 8 years ago

    Hi Danielle: Here is the link from our Spanish's postal service website:

  • bunnydee

    bunnydee said 8 years ago

    Great stuff and so helpful. I didn't know about the fed-ex discounts!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Very helpful! The rulers taped to measure is such a great idea - instant!

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment said 8 years ago

    This is great! Always like hearing tips on shipping. I use PayPal's shipping for their savings & ease-of-use.

  • fanfreluxe

    fanfreluxe said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    Thank you for a helpful article and all the advice from the community. It all really helps.

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 8 years ago

    I love using Paypal to print the labels. And I've found that, when I have to go to the post office, that getting there early in the morning tends to avoid the rush!

  • thewOOlyOwl

    thewOOlyOwl said 8 years ago

    I agree that the measuring station is rad!!! Thanks for the tips! Alissa

  • OhMrsRobinson

    OhMrsRobinson said 8 years ago

    First of all, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm glad to see how busy we all are getting ready for the season! I am familiar with a repositionable sewing tape from Dritz that has both English and Metric measurements on it but does anyone know of another brand that is larger and bolder in font size? Here is the link to the Dritz tape.

  • CherishedHearts

    CherishedHearts said 8 years ago

    Popcorn for packing! I used to work with a Mom that shipped her son care packages with popcorn for packing.

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 8 years ago

    thanks for the tips! I am doing free shipping anywhere in the USA this entire weekend! best, PARK

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    ace info, thanks danielle. love the laurageorge print at the top :)

  • Hazelnuts

    Hazelnuts said 8 years ago

    Great post but I just wanted to let you know that popcorn as packing could potentially get your parcel confiscated or otherwise interfered with by customs in places like New Zealand or Australia which have very strict controls on things like that which could harbour unwanted insects etc. Even if the item eventually made it through sans popcorn packing it would slow shipping up hugely to say the least!

  • thetimetravel

    thetimetravel said 8 years ago

    thanks for info

  • IWillFly

    IWillFly said 8 years ago

    I have never had a problem with my local post office. The employees are all very nice and know me by now so they are always happy to help. I must point out that as a customer I HATE HATE HATE FedEx because they cannot deliver to my home address and the hold process is so complicated I have literally spent DAYS driving between FedEx locations trying to find lost packages. PLEASE use USPS for me, they can access my mail box with a special key that no one else has!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 8 years ago

    Once a month I make a trip to the gift stores in my area, especially those selling glass, and I come back home with plenty of free recycled packaging material.

  • WexfordTreasures

    WexfordTreasures said 8 years ago

    Great post, thanks for all the helpful info. I need to go get a scale today!

  • fabgabs

    fabgabs said 8 years ago

    Danielle, thanks for making an effort with this article! However, I think a couple of your suggestions truly need to be rethought and edited. First, popcorn is not a brilliant idea for packaging. As someone else already noted, it can create problems for international shipping. Further, unlike inedible packing peanuts, popcorn beaks easily and can provide less protection at the end of the journey than at the start, plus making an awful mess for your customer. I have just one recieved a package sent with it - I was very put out! Please dont suggest things that make your sellers look unprofessional. There are now packing peanuts made with cornstarch that are biodegradable if that's a concern. As for a scale - well, I'm a vintage gal and I'd love to use a vintage scale for my packages. But, not only do they generally not hold enough weight, but they aren't accurate enough for printing online postage either! Small electronic postal scales aren't terribly expensive, can be recalibrated , and are a necessity for shipping using PayPal! This guide is friendly & cute, but needs a little work. It would be a pitiful have new sellers pick up habits and tips that really aren't Best Practices

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the post!

  • Spazspun

    Spazspun said 8 years ago

    great information! i have the best postal employees in the world! i live in a little town, and everytime i walk in they all go, "touble's here!". makes me feel soooo loved :)

  • RPotterStudio

    RPotterStudio said 8 years ago

    Nice to get all this info and extra tips...keep such posts coming! Super helpful.

  • grammij

    grammij said 8 years ago

    Oh, Danielle, as always another great information post. I can't wait to read the Seller How To Shipping Blog, but I woke up this a.m. with a "triptophane" hangover and still have more cleaning up to do!

  • Fishstikks

    Fishstikks said 8 years ago

    What a great story and what a fabulous post full of great information too!!

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing all this great info!

  • HanaOnYa

    HanaOnYa said 8 years ago

    What a great article. I'm just warming up to starting a your info is really helpful. Thanks!!!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 8 years ago

    Great article =)

  • Lucismiles

    Lucismiles said 8 years ago

    Super info! Thanks! ;D

  • colettepaperie

    colettepaperie said 8 years ago

    I second FabGab's post... popcorn would look terribly unprofessional for a package and what a mess.

  • NaughtyBaubles

    NaughtyBaubles said 8 years ago

    thanks for the info!! lets hope I make a sale to actually put the info to good

  • mybeadcreations

    mybeadcreations said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thanks! ")

  • wrapcycle

    wrapcycle said 8 years ago

    Great tips. I didn't see it mentioned, but the shipping label option on PayPal is great. You can pay for postage and print the label at home even for first class mail, whereas if you use the USPS site you can only do that if you send it priority or express mail. Also, there is a nice software called "Shipping Assistant" from USPS - doesn't print postage but it does make a nice professional label. Good to have if you don't know the weight of something.

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 8 years ago

    Great info,learning new and helpful information daily!

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley said 8 years ago

    Oh thanks so much for the info. As a new seller, shipping has seemed the most awkward for me. I know how to make my work and present it but packaging and shipment is stressful. I always feel like I'm missing an option or being too simple or too excessive. It's great to be able to learn from others experiences. Thanks!

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome said 8 years ago

    Brown packing sheets are a MUST, keep your item nice and snug and environmentally friendly. PayPal + USPS Flat Rate Box = Drop Off No Wait in Line. Much Awesomeness.

  • IDesignArtStudios

    IDesignArtStudios said 8 years ago

    Yeah, I have to say I'm not too sure about the popcorn idea but I see it as an idea for family and friends. Thanks for the ideas!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • PaulaArt

    PaulaArt said 8 years ago

    thanks for the tips and links!!! appreciate all this useful information. happy to see my us mail clock too :)

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

  • bumblebooHandmades

    bumblebooHandmades said 8 years ago

    Cool! I like the quick-measure station. :)

  • KasarnDesigns

    KasarnDesigns said 8 years ago

    My Christmas oder deadline is 14 Dec (Australia) & 15 Dec (US). If you're in Australia this place supplies high strength crating for shipping artworks:

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 8 years ago

    This is so helpful, thanks!

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the great info...this is my first holiday season at etsy and I need all the extra help I can get...Happy Holidays & PeaCe.

  • zvijezda

    zvijezda said 8 years ago

    love the tips! It would be great to have so many sales to use it:-))

  • ArtAndDreams

    ArtAndDreams said 8 years ago

    30% sal e today until Midnight, enter code Monday30 at checkout! Get all the Fairies and necklaces and earrings for everyone on your list at a great price!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    this is the essential tips and tricks of shipping-happy selling everyone ; )

  • SassySashadoxie

    SassySashadoxie said 8 years ago

    Great tips. I use a tape gun myself. Much quicker than the scissor and tape method. I have on occasion used plastic grocery bags as fillers in packages, they weigh less than newspaper and it is reusing them. Also, decorate your packages. Long lines at post office can create networking oppertunities if the package is eye catching enough. Wiener dog stickers on mine seem to get lots of attention from inquiring minds. I have even had a few spare stickers in my pockets for the kidos that happen to be impatiently waiting upon parental permission of course.

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 8 years ago

    Important, great tools and how tos, looks like it is all wrapped up and ready for travel to happy new purchasers Thanks

  • printmakerjenn

    printmakerjenn said 8 years ago

    I like the look of the vintage scale. However, I highly recommend getting a digital scale!

  • foreverandrea

    foreverandrea said 8 years ago

    thanks for the ideas! I love the real popcorn for packing idea. I know if I got a package that was packed in real popcorn, I would think that was so cute and clever!

  • GoodLookinTreasures

    GoodLookinTreasures said 8 years ago

    Very informative! Thanks!

  • halfpintsalvage

    halfpintsalvage said 8 years ago

    The measuring tape station is pure genius! That is going to be so helpful. And that vintage scale is so super-sweet! Very helpful article--thanks!

  • BagDuJour

    BagDuJour said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle. Great tips :) I had my own little experience at the PO today, but it was all good. Those guys work hard and they are so helpful! I love my post office workers :) Don't like the rates, though :(

  • allthingshomey

    allthingshomey said 8 years ago

    When you plan to use homemade popcorn as a packaging agent: put popcorn in a zip lock bag. Zip it to almost closed, then blow into the bag, quickly close the sipper and you have a large 'bubble' to protect your item. Use smaller zip lock bags for smaller items.

  • FireHorseTextiles

    FireHorseTextiles said 8 years ago

    Enlightening article - thank you! Love the Pittenweem Post Office painting - I visited on my holidays :)

  • BarkRiverBoutique

    BarkRiverBoutique said 8 years ago

    Wow, what good information here! Thanks so much.

  • evertreasured

    evertreasured said 8 years ago

    Love that measuring-tape tape. :)

  • tigerbee

    tigerbee said 8 years ago

    Ah the postal clerks, each one I meet is usually a little GEM! ;-) Did Shipping and Receiving for 8 years, file under WHEN YOUR DAYJOB ACTUALLY TEACHES YOU SOMETHING USEFUL Happy Shipping every one!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info Danielle! That's good to know about the discount for Etsy sellers on UPS!

  • teepetals

    teepetals said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the useful tips!

  • crudeco

    crudeco said 8 years ago

    Okay, I needed that refresher course. Thanks, off to make changes on my shipping cues now.

  • BODYKITjewelry

    BODYKITjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the wealth of info! I love the idea of the self-made measuring station. Cheers to holiday success and a raise of the glass to FedEx for their generosity with Etsy sellers!

  • TheVintageHatShop

    TheVintageHatShop said 8 years ago

    I love seeing my USPS workers each day. Great folks. Thanks for the tips, I can see I need a little refresher course.

  • hadleyclay

    hadleyclay said 8 years ago

    Are the people working at the post office called "Post Officers"?

  • BEadifullyYOUnique

    BEadifullyYOUnique said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this very useful information. I just opened my shop a couple of weeks ago and am looking for different ways to ship my items to customers. Definitely will be checking out the links listed in this post. Thanks once again!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 8 years ago

    Recently Post office is really stacked up with holiday shipping needs, Many try to get packages sent ASAP, Even Though Turkey day holiday is over Christmas Holiday is approaching

  • vincavintage

    vincavintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the packaging resources!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 8 years ago

    great tips! i also try to have my custom's forms filled out before i get to the post office...xo

  • Lisabears

    Lisabears said 8 years ago

    Just a note to all British sellers: International Airmail Latest dates from the Royal Mail: 6th December (South + Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Far East (inc Japan), Australia and New Zealand); 10th December (Eastern Europe, USA & Canada); 13th December (Western Europe) - Lisa

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 8 years ago

    I like that shipping station with the tape. Luckily Canada Post is connected to paypal and all shipments to Canada and the US can be printed and paid for through paypal.

  • red2white

    red2white said 8 years ago

    For all UK sellers: I just found out today that in case of parcel loss or damage RM will only refund the cost of material which went into production of the product, nothing else and no matter what kind of service has been paid for (standard Airmal, Airsure). It's upseting especially with handmade where most of the value of a product is created by work, not material. It puts selling handmade abroad into a new perspective...

  • nevita

    nevita said 8 years ago

    thank you, for great shipping we should know some things. I am very thankful to people working in my local post office. Very kind and helpful

  • DiannesBaskets

    DiannesBaskets said 8 years ago

    Love the measuring station idea! And I too, didn't realize FedEx offered discounts. I'll have to check that out. Although I love my local post office, they are all very friendly.

  • AThousandDreams

    AThousandDreams said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. One, though, you may want to think twice on. Mice love popcorn, and may chew into that package if it is left anywhere mice can get at it. A mouse once chewed into a package the postman had left on the front doorstep at at my son's house. I'd sent him cookies; not plain popcorn, but if mice smell food, all bets are off. I would not take the chance that a rodent might ruin your product! Use newspaper, old crumpled up plastic bags or recycle those pesky styro peanuts or those puffed up plastic bags you get with commercial orders.

  • CookieCrowd

    CookieCrowd said 8 years ago

    Thanks!! We are just getting started. Definitely love and welcome all the help we can get:)

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell said 8 years ago

    thank you, Danielle! My local post office officer also amazing in helping me. Like you, I make good friend with him :) With simple and warm chats, you never imagine before how it would helps you when you get difficulties in mailing! Here's my country post office link: For every items of mailing stuff I could always trace and track online. Just put the mailing number!

  • good4you

    good4you said 8 years ago

    thank you for the reminder!

  • nellyvansee

    nellyvansee said 8 years ago

    We NEED shipping options available for our buyers, so they can pick and choose which shipping service they want: Example: Surface, air, expedite, next day. PLEASE ETSY!!!! We need this option!!!!

  • KellysKeepsakes

    KellysKeepsakes said 8 years ago

    Great information! Thanks! :)

  • scaredycatprimitives

    scaredycatprimitives said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! I was just thinking about what to set my shipping deadlines to...guess I'd better get on it right away!

  • creativeartis

    creativeartis said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tip!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    Wonderful information!! I didnt know about fedex!! ... and never occured to me to add expedited shipping to my tags!!

  • ViviansVintage

    ViviansVintage said 8 years ago

    That is good to know! I enjoyed your story about the post office help as well. Thanks!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 8 years ago

    I asked Mr. Postman today about shipping deadlines. He reminded me that they "bottleneck" the week of Christmas. It's just like everything, there are only so many minutes in a day and so many people to carry out the tasks.

  • miatortilla

    miatortilla said 8 years ago

    couldn't read the fedex info...the links are dead. but everyone else has posted useful info here!

  • bilot

    bilot said 8 years ago

    Thanks for paving the way for us newbees! It's a great help. Here is the postal link for us Dutchies:

  • wytcheewomyn

    wytcheewomyn said 8 years ago

    I agree with nellyvansee! We need to be able to let the customers choose the shipping options! I can never decide between less expensive shipping or quick shipping. This option would let the customers decide for themselves.

  • FireandIceCreations

    FireandIceCreations said 8 years ago

    I also agree with you both. Ill do expedited shipping but its an extra charge to our customers. So I have to send them another invoice for the extra charge. Needs to be more convenient for our customers especially if there already pressed for time with last minute ordering. But thanks for all the info! Happy Holidays!

  • ByDan

    ByDan said 8 years ago

    Just the information I needed today. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love the popcorn idea!

  • dragonratjewellery

    dragonratjewellery said 8 years ago

    The last shipping dates for the UK can be found here: Personally, I've got to the point where I insist on a trackable method of delivery. It is more expensive, and I've no doubt it loses me customers, but I just can't afford to replace/refund the orders that allegedly get lost otherwise.

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 8 years ago

    Helpful suggestions in one spot. Thank you! We're getting better with international orders but we're still finessing it.

  • JLaneDesigns

    JLaneDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank You! I had no idea about the FedEx discounts, very helpful information and great tips for new sellers.

  • RockPaperStitch

    RockPaperStitch said 8 years ago

    For those looking for the "Benefits" and "Program Agreement" in the FedEx Link, there are links to the left of the article (above the Etsy symbol) that will take you to those links.

  • LovelandBeads

    LovelandBeads said 8 years ago

    There are some *cute* ideas in here but I have to ask , Did you really trust that scale for shipping accurancy? ..and Real popcorn? Really? No thanks I'd rather trust that my items have been properly packaged, I think my buyers would want the same.

  • DazyJane9

    DazyJane9 said 8 years ago

    "Thank you Danielle" :) All you advise is SSOO helpful!

  • ananemone

    ananemone said 8 years ago

    I don't know that I would like something shipped with real popcorn, necessarily. I mean, the seller has to pop it, right? Why spend that extra time? And then it's not like you could really re-use it once you get it, and I don't think I'd want to *eat* it, so re-used or biodegradable regular packaging materials are my preference. Also, when we used to sell books on Amazon, we used a tape gun. Much much easier and more time-efficient. I don't mind standing in line at the Post office, but I've noticed that most sellers here who are serious about their shops have a usable scale, print their postage from paypal, and have their postman pick up packages, which seems a lot smarter.

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 8 years ago

    Very interesting......

  • heartSunshine

    heartSunshine said 8 years ago

    "lessons in the art of shipping" made me laugh out loud! I've been saying I feel like I go to Postal University! ;) I LOVE the way you put it... so glorious & even artful, Of Course Etsy :) Thanks for the giggle and great advice, (bring home international slips is my lesson for the day ;) it's so appreciated! I love sending special boxed presents instead of envelopes that are much less, I use pretty fabric to cradle my accessories and can't help but be girly and artistic~ Etsy makes life much more fun and the sweetest people find me & touch my soul... thanks for working 24/7 and being the best manager ever! THANK YOU Etsy!!!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 8 years ago

    I never realized that USPS has free priority mail boxes! Duh! Thanks!!!!

  • BunacatVintage

    BunacatVintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I was so surprised when I started that there was so much to shipping!

  • DaisyPearlCreations

    DaisyPearlCreations said 8 years ago

    So helpful!

  • Craftsbymoms

    Craftsbymoms said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for the deadlines and the tip about FedEx. Happy Holidays everyone!

  • HMApothecary

    HMApothecary said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I will definetly use these!

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic said 8 years ago

    thanks Danielle...I have been using Fedex Ground as a great source for over-sized, bulky items. I am curious/happy to see how the discount will save me money. The application to my existing account was easy as pie!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    Thank you Danielle, I was wondering how many etsy sellers were on the free shipping day! :)

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    Thank you Danielle, I was wondering how many etsy sellers were involved on the free shipping day :)

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 8 years ago

    Good to know. Don't forget about e-delivery, next best thing to First Class Just In Time (JIT). Check out my $16 Gift Certificates.

  • KurtzCrafts

    KurtzCrafts said 8 years ago

    Fantastic post, as usual!

  • OliviaClare

    OliviaClare said 8 years ago

    Had to redo my packaging for shipping when I moved to Hawaii. Haven't had any complaints! Thanks for the info ;)

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 8 years ago

    Thank you for that info!

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  • sunkae

    sunkae said 8 years ago

    ***Great tips!*** Happy new year!!!

  • drownhardy

    drownhardy said 8 years ago

    Really a very nice blog... The information about Etsy Success: Shipping for the Holidays is so useful... Thanks for this..awesome blog Shipping Jobs

  • JeanandJo1

    UncleKittyToo from UncleKittyToo said 6 years ago

    Great information.

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