Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fear of shipping - Priority Mail

Stickers make any box a Priority Mail boxHaving boxes available is an important first step. After a couple of times of looking in the garage for a box, I learned about the free supplies that the Postal Service has available.

I like Priority mail for shipping orchids. I have never had a delivery problem and I can print my own postage including a delivery confirmation at home. If I get the boxes to the Post Office before 5pm Monday they arrive in my area the next day and across the country on Thursday.

Getting the shipping cost right can be fun. I recently sold a plant for $5 with a $5 shipping charge. When I weighed the box, it was 1 pound 3 ounces and the postage was $8.30. If you add the EBay cost and Paypal fees I was lucky it didn't cost me money to sell the plant. I had to take a deep breath and treat it as a learning experience and a reminder to actually weigh the plant and not just guess.

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