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55fossil

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shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« on: January 01, 2020, 07:31:39 AM »

   I am currently shipping my cabochons in bubble wrap mailers. The cost of the mailers is okay but the USPS cost is usually $3.00.
Why?  Well, the USPS does not allow stiff material in automation mail. The machines rip up the envelopes and your cabochon is lost. The rules state thick / hard objects must ship in packages that are not sorted with letter mail.

Just wondering how others are shipping their cabochons and are they surviving the USPS automation machines???
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Re: shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2020, 08:39:58 AM »

I ship in 5x8 bubble mailers. I wrap the stones in foam also and have never had a problem with damage. The cost is $3:00 or more if I insure the stone. Not a great price but they get there...
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Re: shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2020, 09:52:14 AM »

  I shipped my last two orders in a plain 5x8 mailer cut in half with cab wrapped in bubble wrap,
 with no insurance the cost was 70 cents.   :headbang:
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Re: shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2020, 10:24:44 AM »

Agree. Most cabs that make it through the cabbing process do fine shipped in a bubble mailer surrounded with a bit of extra bubble wrap. Delicate items that might snap (e.g., some natural-edge/druzy pieces) can go in a box or stiff cardboard insert).

You do pay the "Package" rate, though, as these envelopes seldom pass the USPS guidelines for envelopes (bendable, no variation more than 1/4" in thickness, etc.). Treating them like letter mail is just asking for trouble - both in damage to your piece and the sorting machinery.
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Re: shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 06:01:08 PM »

   Yukon...    I was wondering about your shipping method to get such a great rate. The PO here says anything over 1/4 inch thick is non-machinable mail and gets the higher rate. Also, I am very familiar with postal automation and those machines really tear up mail that is thick or has items inside the envelope that do not bend. Guess I would worry too much on most of my stones due to their cost.  good for you though.....


  I shipped my last two orders in a plain 5x8 mailer cut in half with cab wrapped in bubble wrap,
 with no insurance the cost was 70 cents.   :headbang:
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Re: shipping cabochons, any advice ?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2020, 09:45:05 AM »


  55fossil--- My sales were abysmal last year so I tried free shipping to generate some interest
 to no avail,most of my cabs range from $10.00 to $50.00.I did get a couple of orders but I do'nt know if
 free shipping was the reason,to save $ on mailing I tried what I described in post and they both made the
trip.   :dontknow:

   ( The 5x8 envelopes do not have the foam pad in them )
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2020, 02:02:09 PM »

Yukon;

    I revved up my Etsy store and did $1500 in sales last month. Now, this was with sale prices with 10 to 15 % off as well as free shipping. The sales and free shipping were a huge help. I can tell by how many visits and total sales that it works. My prices range from $20 to $200 but average about $40. Most of my customers have bought multiple items, many repeat orders and those always welcome custom orders....
   Etsy fees and shipping kill me.  I only ship in bubble wrap ($3 USPS ) or flat rate box for larger orders ($7.50 ). Still much better than selling at boutiques with 30% fees or higher. My Go Daddy store is floundering due to my lack of Social Media, as in I do not do any social media. I shall post more info if someone wants to start a thread about on-line selling.  PS:  it takes a huge amount of time to run the store properly and keep a good inventory of Hand Made by Seller items. I do not load my store up with cheap stuff or re-sale cabochons. I see tons of cheap re-sale stuff disguised as hand made by seller, etc.....   smart shoppers see it to and go to the handmade by artist (seller) stuff if they can afford it.
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