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Old February 25th, 2012 Feb 25, 2012 5:05:28 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

Hello, I am trying to determine what to charge for shipping and handling for my T-Shirts. I am planning on shipping them VIA USPS First Class, Or Priority Mail. I had at first looked at using the flat rate boxes but at 5$+ for one shirt and 7-10$ for 2+ shirts i thought it was alittle much. Ive purchased a bunch of ULine's poly mailers but im unsure of how to calculate the shipping for them or what i should be charging my customers.

1) Does anyone have any experience shipping with USPS using the poly mailers?
2) What did you charge?
3) How can i calculate my shipping expenses prior to shipment?

-Im shipping from 12309 New York.

-Ive Calculated / Guestimated that each shirt will weigh about 6oz - 9oz before packaging.

Any help is truely appreciated! Thank you somuch.
 
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Default re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

Also, I understand that this topic has somewhat been discussed before. But i couldnt find any discussion on specifically what to charge your customers.
 
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Default re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

Here's the matrix we use for our online store. It's not perfect but I think it's a good blend. We win most but lose on some. We use poly bags from Sanmar mostly but on occasion it makes sense to use the flat rate boxes from USPS for larger orders.

Local pick-up at our shop 0.0lbs - 100.0lbs $0.00
Standard Shipping 0.0lbs - 2.0lbs $5.00
Standard Shipping 2.1lbs - 4.0lbs $7.95
Standard Shipping 4.1lbs - 6.0lbs $9.95
Standard Shipping 6.1lbs - 10.0lbs $14.95
Standard Shipping 10.1lbs - 15.0lbs $19.95
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1) Does anyone have any experience shipping with USPS using the poly mailers?
2) What did you charge?
3) How can i calculate my shipping expenses prior to shipment?
Are you shipping single t-shirts at a time? Like for a clothing line?

I ship via USPS First Class mail and don't charge for shipping. Just add a bit more into the t-shirt cost. High shipping costs are a big deterrent for online shoppers.

I use endicia.com to calculate the shipping costs and print the shipping label. It usually costs about $2-$3 for one t-shirt and you can get inexpensive poly mailers from the valuemailers store on eBay (see the shipping supplies link in the left hand sidebar navigation here)

You can also calculate shipping costs at the USPS website at: http://postcalc.usps.gov/
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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

yes ide be shipping generally between 1 - 4 t shirts at a time for my clothing line.

the problem with using those calculators is i dont know here my customers are going to be so i cannot input where they package is going.

my dilemma mostly lies in what to charge people before i go to the post office to ship the package.

im going to probbaly implement the algorithm posted before, i feel it should work well.
 
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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

I ship single shirts by poly mailer, depending on the shirt style and size, they are from 5 oz - 10 oz . You can go to USPS and see what this is going to cost. I dont think destination is going to be any different price for first class, so regardless of destination your cost is the same. it is up to you if you decide to markup the cost, your cost will be about $3 or so.
 
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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

One thing to remember First class goes up to 13oz. Take in the cost of the poly bags, labels for mailer, trips to the post office and the long wait time. $4.99 and additional $1.00 for each additional t-shirt. Also use Priority flat rate envelopes

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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

We use Priority Mail via the USPS with the FREE
Tyvek mailer courtesy of the U.S. Post office.

The Tyvek mailers are PERFECT for shirt desigins
that are 11 inches wide by 14 tall and are FREE.

This free Tyvek Mailer is great for shipping our
shirts without folding our designs.

The address label from the USPS is also FREE.
You can get a rubber ink stamp that will put
your company address on the FROM section
and get moving on more orders instead of
making labels and taping them to the bag.


It may cost a little more but.. considering the entire
package is free I feel it is well worth the expense.

If you have an account with the USPS like a P.O. Box
they will ship you the Tyvek mailers free also.

If you don't have an account with the USPS then just go
in and talk to the GIC. They normally have them laying out
in stacks of about 50 for walk in customers.

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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

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Take in the cost of the poly bags, labels for mailer, trips to the post office and the long wait time
The polybags and labels are pretty cheap through eBay. Probably less than .25. In many areas the post office will come to your house (the same guy that delivers your mail) to pick up your packages for free so you don't have to drive anywhere.

With a Zebra Thermal label printer, you don't even have to pay for ink (which you would if you printed the label using your inkjet printer)

Using endicia, the whole label printing and shipping process is pretty simple.
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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

I edited my post above because the correct term
for the Priority Mailer is a Tyvek Mailer.


Some may get confused about a poly bag and an
actual mailing envelope.

The USPS also has a Tyvek mailer the exact same
size for shipping to the Military with the boxes
for specific information right on the mailer.


These Tyvek Mailers are free and so are the labels.
Larger than the Priority cardboard enelopes and
shipping from what I can tell is the same price.

Here is a photo of one.


 
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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

I am having a difficult time finding these tyvek mailers on the USPS site. Could anyone provide a link to them?

Also, does anyone have any experience using the USPS Shipping Assistant 3.8? I bought a bunch of self adhesive printable labels, each sheet has two sections allowing for you to print two labels using one sheet. Unfortunately it seems that with the shipping assistant though you are forced to print the instructions for the label and that uses up the second label on the sheet. Such a waste.

Does anyone know how to turn off the printing of instructions? Thanks.
 
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You should be able to select the option to print with or without receipt when the print preview screen appears. Use plain paper until you figure it out. No use wasting labels.

USPS site under priority shipping supplies (Tyvek is not flat rate so do not look there) they are in the priority shipping supplies.
 
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I am having a difficult time finding these tyvek mailers on the USPS site. Could anyone provide a link to them?

Also, does anyone have any experience using the USPS Shipping Assistant 3.8? I bought a bunch of self adhesive printable labels, each sheet has two sections allowing for you to print two labels using one sheet. Unfortunately it seems that with the shipping assistant though you are forced to print the instructions for the label and that uses up the second label on the sheet. Such a waste.

Does anyone know how to turn off the printing of instructions? Thanks.

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Default Re: Shipping Poly Mailers? What to charge? How to calculate costs?

Coming from myself with a degree in Marketing and Advertising, I will tell you that having poly mailers are the best way to go.

1- and the best reason they are water proof , you dont know when it is going to rain when the mail carrier has your package or even spills from another package

2- it looks alot more professional without all the logos of the FREE priority mailer, Poly mailers are blank

3- shipping labels are printed from your printer and are neat and not sloppy hand written

Spending the time and very little extra money per mailer will make your business or hobby look like you care about it
 
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We use Priority Mail via the USPS with the FREE Tyvek mailer courtesy of the U.S. Post office.

It may cost a little more but.. considering the entire
package is free I feel it is well worth the expense.
It can cost a lot more actually. Minimum price for using the Priority envelope costs $4.90 in postage.

I can ship a single shirt in a .25 cent poly bag for for as low as $1.90 and a maximum of $2.70 depending on size.
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