Estimating Shipping Costs
One of the required pieces of information that must be included with each Zibbet listing is the cost of shipping. Several variables need to be considered when estimating shipping costs. Those variables include:
The size of the package.
The weight of the package.
The type of packaging used.
The package’s destination.
For US sellers, the US Postal Service offers an online Postage Price Calculator that you can use to estimate shipping costs. You’ll need to enter the types of information listed above to use this tool. Regarding selecting a zip code for a US destination, I suggest that you try several different zip codes for locations the farthest from you. That way you will be sure to list a shipping cost sufficient to cover the actual cost to any US destination. Note that you can also select international destinations. If you’re willing to ship internationally you should get estimates for the places you agree to ship to.
Shipping Easy also offers a tool on their homepage for estimating shipping costs. To use this tool, you’ll need the same information required to use the USPS Postage Price Calculator.
A third way to estimate shipping costs is to package one or more of your items and take a field trip to your local post office. The package can be weighed and postage determined for shipment to several different destinations. If you choose this option, go prepared with a form to write down your estimates in an orderly manner. Decide in advance the destinations that you want estimates for. Avoid busy times so that your inquiry visit doesn’t cause service to be delayed for other customers.
When estimating shipping costs, it’s a good idea to take into consideration the cost of shipping materials. You’ll need to decide if you want to add some to your shipping estimate to cover these expenses or incorporate this into the cost for the item itself. You also need to decide how much you’ll charge for additional items purchased and shipped together.
After collecting all the information you need, I recommend that you set up Zibbet shipping profiles to apply to your listings. For more information on creating and using shipping profiles, please refer to Shipping Profiles.
Best wishes for much success on Zibbet!
Vicki is committed to assisting her fellow Zibbeters improve their shops for successful online selling. She is the owner of five Zibbet shops: LOC Design Studio, Denim and Pearls, A Stitch and a Prayer, Black Creek Crossing and Think Like a Fish. You can follow Vicki on Twitter and through her LOC Design Studio blog.