|Pirate Ship is the new shipping app on the block|
Have you tried Pirate Ship for shipping?
However, the "commercial" USPS rates that Etsy (and eBay and Amazon) pass on to third-party sellers is not the cheapest rate (called "Commercial Plus.")
There are lots of things to like
Pull up a screen and see how much your package will cost. The interface is simple:
|The interface is clear and easy.|
- The rates are competitive. I save especially when shipping small, heavy items.
- Ability to combine some different selling venues into one shipping source, such as Etsy, eBay and Shopify.
- Pay with your credit card.
- It is simple to set up and use.
Pirate Ship presents it as easy as 1 - 2 - 3
- Pirate Ship imports shipping details from Etsy, eBay and Shopify.
- After purchase, it marks orders as shipped on Etsy and other venues.
- Setting up my Dymo 4XL was a breeze.
- Included is up to $100 insurance. If you need additional insurance they use U-Pic which is 75c up to $50.
- Pirate Ship has free chat support where you can ask questions.
- You can pay for labels as you print them or you can pay in advance.
- It is free!
|Pirate Ship is easy to use|
Is it the very cheapest for every package?
The short answer is "no." If you ship primarily large packages such as 12x12x8" you will only save around 25 cents per package. First-class packages are the same as other venues. (This is in late 2018, before the new zoned first-class rates are implemented by the USPS.)
Stay tuned for how it goes in 2019.
Cubic rates, the secret sauce of Pirate Ship
Priority boxes are free
More about cubic shipping
Skip this section altogether if you just plan on dropping your product details into Pirate Ship... This is the math for those who wonder how it works.
|You can calculate cubic feet for yourself|
What about International First Class Mail?
What about paperwork?
|Pirate Ship has a tab for "reports" for bookkeeping|
You must provide some basic information to Pirate Ship.
In order to access your account and pull your orders, you must grant them some access to your account (much like Foto Fuze if you have used it).
They will ask for a way to pay for the labels. (I have it set up much like EZ Pass and meter them out $20 at a time from my credit card.)
There are other things to set up like your return address, package templates and content of shipping emails.
It seems too good to be true. How do they make money?
|Online sellers need several tools in their shipping "box."|