Saturday, March 14, 2020

Selling vintage in uncertain times

With coronavirus, we have seen supply chain disruptions, stock market fluctuations, even companies temporarily stopping business. The news seems bad.

What is a vintage online seller to do? Will people still be buying in a week? Next month? Late this year? No one knows.

First, take stock

Take stock of where you are, your business. Small businesses like ours are better able to adjust to rapid market changes than larger enterprises.

What is your business plan? What kind of inventory do you have? How does this information fit in to where things are? Where are things heading?

Supply chain disruptions

Handmade sellers are experiencing issues with their supply chains. Are you a vintage supply seller? You may have more demand for your items. Vintage sellers may wish to consider what types of potential supplies they have available, as now may be a good time to sell them.

I have also heard that "survivalist" websites have been swamped. Do you have low-tech items that could come in handy in a survival situation (read: wood stove parts, cast iron spiders, camping chairs)? Now may be the time to list them.

If supply issues become dire, people will still need stuff. You know, pots and pans, towels, silverware. The market could improve for practical secondhand household items.

How about your supply chain?

I am seeing some long lead times (over 30 days) when purchasing packaging from my usual supplier.

My husband and I are looking at our buying habits, especially at auction. Do we want to sit in a cramped room with 50 other people for a few hours? How comfortable am I with pawing through all of the used stuff? (Right now, my plan is to don gloves for preview, offer advance bids and pick up later.)

After someone has coronavirus, for how long is their stuff contaminated? Will it come up at auction? (Clean items are rare in our buying world.)

Will there be more competition for thrift store items? How will the garage sale season be?

What IS selling?

That of course is a loaded question. Whole economic sectors have been hit worldwide. All we can do is guess. What will the 2020 wedding season be like? Will the trend for (possibly germ-infested) "experiences" change back to owning cool "stuff?" Will collecting become more popular?

People may have extra time on their hands. Books may sell well (especially those not available via Kindle). Soap sellers report an uptick. My last sale was cloth. (I figure that someone has plans to sew with their new found spare time.)

If things get really bad, my aim will be to offer practical things, like kitchen tools and gadgets. I will be sure to have some fun jewelry for sale as well, a way to pamper yourself with when things are tough.

What could you do if things completely shut down?

Besides listing new items (which can be held in draft if needed) what about improving existing listings? It may be a good time to retake photos, research new keywords and clean up listings.

What about learning a new skill or embarking on a new type of social media? Some may even decide to start their own selling website.

Sickness and quarantines

Will people have more time to shop? Or will they have no finances to do so? If large gatherings are cancelled, will the loss of antique shows affect your business? Will your brick and mortar remain open?

Will you be able to continue selling online in the case of a quarantine? Will the post office stay open? What if you or a loved one gets sick?

Take care of yourself!

Be sure to follow common-sense guidelines for your own health, as well as that of your loved ones. Keep in touch with relatives and friends. Practice kindness.

Is your business prepared in the case you cannot attend to it for some time? Who has your login information to shut down your online business if you are unable to?

Do you have a plan?
biohazard symbol virus

**Thanks for noting that I have no medical training and no intention to give medical advice.**
This post is solely aimed at outlining some thoughts for vintage online selling businesses planning in light of recent world events. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Etsy Quick Trick: workarounds for the new DIM package rates

New USPS regulations went into effect on June 23, 2019. Lightweight packages over 1 cu ft can now be much more expensive to ship. How is your shop coping?

Here are some workarounds:

If you are interested in the first option, USPS Retail Ground®, the caveats are in the footnotes:
  1. Zones 1–4 are only for the mailing of hazardous materials, live animals, or other items required to be shipped by ground transportation (does not apply to oversized parcels). 
  2. For parcels that measure in combined length and girth more than 84 inches but not more than 108 inches, and the piece weighs less than 20 pounds, use the 20-pound price (balloon price) based on the applicable zone. 
  3. For parcels that measure in combined length and girth more than 108 inches but not more than 130 inches, use the oversized price, regardless of weight, based on the applicable zone. 

Some definitions and other information for those contemplating using Retail Ground®:

"Balloon" means packages whose length + girth measure 84-108 inches. They are charged the 20-lb rate ($21-$62, depending on zone).

"Oversized" is the term for packages whose length + girth measure more than 108 inches. They will be charged a special, very expensive rate that ranges from $75-$197 to ship.

Retail Ground® does not include insurance, or packaging.

To deal with the fact that USPS Retail Ground® rate is restricted to zones 5-9 unless you are mailing hazardous materials or live animals, you may need to ship something hazardous in the package. I will not be giving any more instructions, but you will want to do your homework.

What are the zones, anyway?

The USPS zones are based on where you ship from. They are different for almost everyone (if you have a different 3-digit zip, the first three digits of your zip code). To find out yours, go to the USPS at this link.

Type in the first three digits of your zip code; a chart will appear with your zones.

I keep a copy in my shipping room for reference.

A review: your options besides the USPS:

  • Fedex
  • UPS. They have a promotion code going right now: EASY more info
Whichever method you choose, Etsy does not have any means to calculate shipping of items over 1 cubic ft. (They do, but only include Priority, Parcel Select and other very expensive methods.)

For now, I suggest adding a note to your listings over 1 cu ft: if shipping seems high, to contact you for a more accurate quote.

L x W x H / 166 = DIM weght

Why this drastic uptick in USPS rates?

"The USPS’s current business model has become outdated due to changes in technology, markets, and customer needs and preferences. It is unsustainable and must be fundamentally changed if the USPS is to avoid a financial collapse and a taxpayer-funded bailout."

More information here.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

USPS DIM pricing for oversize packages takes effect on June 23, 2019

girl holding oversize box
Some US online sellers may receive a nasty surprise in June

Within a month, online sellers will say "hello" to DIM pricing. This change was originally supposed to go into effect in January. It is such a big change that postal officials delayed it until June 23, 2019.

What is Dimensional Weight (DIM Weight)?

Also known as DIM weight, this will kick into effect when packages are over one cubic foot. It raises shipping prices of your large, lightweight shipments.

Why this change?

The reasoning is that the postage paid will now cover the space a package takes up on a truck or airplane (not just the physical weight of the package). 

How is Dimensional Weight Calculated?

a cubic foot is 1728 cu in
How to calculate dimensional weight
If your package is bigger than one cubic foot, you are in Dimensional Weight territory. 

166 is known as the "Dimensional Weight divisor" (which had been 194 and for FedEx and UPS is 139).

(L x W x H)/166 = the "DIM weight"

Then it all comes down to the actual weight of the package. If it is more than the DIM weight, you pay that. If it is less than the DIM weight, you will pay the DIM (higher) weight price.

Note that dimensional weight changes in pricing apply to all domestic Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and non-Lightweight Parcel Select packages that measure over one cubic foot.

For all packages over 1 cubic foot, the rate paid for shipping will start at the DIM price. (It will of course be even higher if the package weighs more than the DIM weight.)


All current pricing examples were calculated using Pirate Ship.

Example 1

This sample calculation is for a very lightweight 14 x 14 x 14" box. In this case the price change will be drastic:


  • Box size: 14x14x14"
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • $7.42 to zone 1/2 
  • $7.88 to zone 4
  • $35.33 to zone 6 via Priority (DIM rate)
  • $9.50 to zone 6 via Parcel Select
  • $47.06 to zone 8 via Priority (DIM rate, Priority Express is actually cheaper)
  • $10.56 to zone 8 via Parcel Select

Using dimensional weight after June 23

  • (14x14x14)/166 = 16.5
  • 16.5 rounds up to the 17 lb. rate
  • DIM $13.88 to zone 1/2
  • DIM $20.35 to zone 4
  • DIM $ to zone 6
  • DIM $52.29 zone 8 Priority
  • DIM $51.94 zone 8 Parcel Select
  • UPS and Fedex are actually cheaper, at $28.98

(Alternatively, if your 14x14x14" item weighs 17 lbs already, you will still pay that rate.)

Example 2

This is a heavier package, at 10 lbs.


  • Box size: 16x12x10"
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • $9.38 to zone 1/2 
  • $11.69 to zone 4
  • $25.39 to zone 6 
  • $36.32 to zone 8

Using dimensional weight after June 23

parcel with balloons
The old way
  • (16x12x10)/166 = 11.56
  • 11.56 rounds up to the 12 lb. rate
  • DIM $11.32 to zone 1/2
  • DIM $15.95 to zone 4
  • DIM $30.01 to zone 6
  • DIM $42.20 to zone 8 

Alternative shipping

Although USPS package rates have increased significantly in 2019, they remain for the most part a better deal than Fedex or UPS. The DIM weight divisor the two private carriers use is even smaller, at 139. As a result their prices are generally even higher. However, they may be worth a try.


You are not alone in this; you have company: any other seller with similar items has the same issue. So it is not like any of us has much of an advantage over the other.

Etsy's shipping calculator will make the changeover easy. However, don't make any errors with your package dimensions, as they could prove costly.

What can you do?

Knowledge is power: measures can be taken to minimize negative impacts in your shop.

1. Use the smallest box that will do the job.
2. Consider selling your items in ways that will minimize their size, such as partial disassembly.
3. Sell items in numbers/ways that minimize shipping cost.
4. Stay informed on how to minimize overall shipping cost, like taking advantage of cubic rates.
5. Look into other carriers, like Fedex and UPS.
6. Be proactive: take steps to keep shipping prices as low as possible. Your customers will thank you with more business. 

Additional steps I am taking

My husband and I live in an apartment. Before this change I had already been working on scaling the size of my items down. 

As I go to publish this, I am now looking at all of the packaging supplies I use. I have already ordered bubble wrap, and soon will buy some bulk padded envelopes. And I will be evaluating new types/sources of packaging that will become more competitive with such a drastic increase of shipping rates for oversize packages of packaging supplies.

I have been checking the few oversized items I have and most are heavy enough for these rates not to be a huge factor.

What about free shipping in view of the new rates?

We all know that there is no such thing as "free shipping." Someone pays for it. 

Dimensional Weight Pricing will make calculating accurate shipping costs even more important. What profit margin are you comfortable with?

It might be worthwhile to peruse your selling history. Where is your customer base? (And of course, who are they?)

Free shipping may not be a viable option for your shop if most of your buyers are on the opposite coast and your packages are oversize.

Still confused?

After June 23, 2019, all packages over 1 cu ft shipped within the USPS will be charged by volume, not weight (unless the weight is over 10 lbs of course).

  • A 12.5" x 12" x 12" box will ship for a minimum of the 11-lb rate for  $11-$40, depending on zone.
  • A 13" x 12" x 12" box will ship for a minimum of the 12-lb rate for  $11-$42, depending on zone.

These new rates for packages over 1 cu ft apply to USPS parcel select ground as well.

If you use calculated shipping, buyers will be charged correctly... provided that your measurements are accurate.

Such pricing may affect online sales. People may go back to shopping for large items at the local thrift stores and antique malls.

tiny package with ribbon
Time will tell if these new rates change the online selling industry.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Germany's new packaging law

Have you heard of Verpackungsgesetz – VerpackG? 

antique scales holding package
Changes are afoot with packaging.
Germany has long had a law that requires recycling of packaging materials (called Verpackungsverordnung – VerpackV or "German Packing Regulation"). Shippers from outside Germany were exempt. However, this loophole began to create issues.

A new law went into effect on January 1, 2019. It is called the German Packaging Act (mentioned in the first sentence). It is more strict and there are no exceptions, no minimums. There is no grace period for transition, and there are serious repercussions for non-compliance.

“No thresholds for registering and reporting“

Shipping just one item to Germany requires registration with their newly created agency translated as "Central Packaging Registry." Failure to register can result in a fine up to $57,000 (50,000 💶) and a ban on selling there.

Unlike some other countries, the German ... laws are very strict: there are no thresholds for registering and reporting. So, even if you are only placing one packaged item on the German market you will still need to comply.

They do not care about the item, but rather its packaging. Germany has a mandatory "dual system" recycling "scheme." You must be a participant in one of their approved recycling systems.

Can they really enforce this?

If you send an item into Germany, it is simply a matter of their checking to see if you are on the registry. If you are not, they can confiscate the item or even levy fines.

Here it is from a FAQ from the German government (translation is a little rough):
By the time the new law VerpackG comes into force... you also have to register with the new “Central Packaging Registry”– you have to do this before you dispatch anything to the German market for the first time. This is because you are definitely not permitted to put into circulation packaging not properly registered. The mandatory registration applies to corporations as well as small retailers. You can apply for the requisite registration number under
Note that the governmental authority specifically mentions that "small retailers" are not exempt.
Shipping packages garden
It is said that more countries will be regulating packaging

My conclusion?

Their goals is to have every bit of packaging coming into Germany to be part of this mandatory recycling program. Even German sellers are having a hard time obtaining a license. The fines are steep. 

Sadly, for small US sellers the expense and difficulty are such that you may no longer be able to ship there.

Etsy provided this information, three months after the law took effect.

EBay recommends compliance.

According to one official source:

For those who sell packaged goods to end consumers in Germany it is high noon: they have to adapt to the new packaging law... Affected are all so-called initial distributors of packaging, which typically end up at the private end consumer. These can be manufacturers, online dealers and distributors of packaged goods of all kinds... [note the "packaging" is the issue here].

If you are not convinced, here is an excerpt from a legal site:
"...The GPA obliges more producers and distributors – including online retailers – to register and participate in a disposal and recycling system.

Most important: Without proper registration, producers or retailers must not offer the packaging – nor therefore the products contained therein – for sale – in Germany, including via e-commerce (sec. 9 para. 5). Moreover, the authorities may impose fines up to EUR 200.000,00 (sec. 34 para. 1 and 2) on producers and retailers, including importers. Furthermore, competitors and consumer associations can claim from producers and retailers to cease and desist from any sales...

These obligations generally also apply to online retailers – because the new GPA explicitly states that it also applies to shipping packaging: If their packaging fulfils the conditions above, they must register their packaging and participate in a disposal and recycling system. This also applies to so-called secondary packaging, in which packaged products are additionally packed. The Zentrale Stelle will provide guidance on how to interpret the GPA in form of a guideline and a catalogue (listing, in its latest 2018 draft, 36 product groups for 417 products) – which, has yet, despite being announced for autumn 2018, not been published (cf. the latest info on the consultation process).
Practical tips:
  1. Producers and all other economic operators who market packaged products in Germany have to comply with the new law – even if based abroad if they sell into Germany. The term “producer” is quite broad and includes importers and distributors putting the packaging into circulation for the first time (sec. 3 para. 12 GPA).
  2. Producers and retailers must not place packaging on the market if it is not registered or not properly registered though being subject to registration. Non-compliance may result in severe consequences, including fines, damage claims and confiscation of profits.
  3. The new German Packaging Act applies from 1 January 2019. It implements the EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC (as did the previous German Packaging Regulation). The new GPA aims at further raising the ecological standards and specific conditions for a well-functioning competition among the companies participating in the dual system for waste disposal and recycling and a fair behaviour among all parties on the market (thus developing the goals of the precedent GPR).
  4. There is no transition period. Registration, if a new obligation not previously provided for under the GPR, must take place by 01.01.2019 at the latest. Producers, importers and retailers as all other economic operators concerned can easily register online:
Please note that the above is only general information from my own research... it cannot replace legal advice. If you have any further questions, please contact a lawyer.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Customizing the new Etsy forums and teams

early 2019 teams and forums
Etsy community spaces have issues
Okay, you have found your team or forum. What else do you need to know?

I wish the answer was simple but it is not. Let us start with some basics.

You must log into teams and forums more often than in the past. If things stop working, look at the top right corner and make sure you are logged in.

Bear in mind that many features are not working as intended. Things have been really buggy.

Some things have been working.

Play around with your personal settings

Screen shot settings page
Changing your settings
"To update your notification settings, click your avatar in the top right corner of the Etsy community and select My settings from the dropdown menu. From there, you can go into the Personal and Preferences tabs..."

etsy settings screen shot
Look at all of the settings

There are lots of things to adjust. Even if you have no idea what you want, look the choices over. Really, there is a lot of customization available.

Nested comments are not working

fix your nested replies
Adjust your linear layout to "threaded"
Ah, but they probably could. Nesting comments default to appear in date order, oldest first, whether they nest or not. Newest posts are at the bottom.

If you want your responses to nest properly, it is a matter of changing a personal setting. See the screen shot for resetting your linear layout. Mine was set at "oldest." It works better set for "threaded."

Push the tiny double arrow to get to the latest page in a thread.

Change a team setting for a better experience

The first thing I suggest for most team users is under "options" (just above the team announcement box). Select "mark all as read." That will make all of the bold titles go back to regular type. Thread titles will then become bold when someone comments on them.

The bell tells us we have activity
It is all about the bell

How do I view "my threads"?

In the old days, we had "my threads." Sometimes there would be a little number there.

Well, "notifications" is that and more. First, click the bell and you will see all of the action on threads you are interested in.

Additionally, we can tag people so they get a notification.

Tagging? Yes, in order to get someone's attention when referring to their post (either on teams or in the forums) you must @[screen name] them. They get a notification (if they are signed up for notifications of course).

It is a bit exhausting to learn about all at once, but the feature is nice.

How do I unsubscribe from notifications?

2019 etsy community changes
Update notification settings
Although notifications are cool, sometimes they can be too much of a good thing.

"To update your notification settings, click your avatar in the top right corner of the Etsy community and select My settings from the dropdown menu. From there, you can go into the [Subscriptions and Notifications area] to subscribe or unsubscribe to emails and notifications for a variety of topics."

Thanks for coming along and checking out some of the new features. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Etsy Quick Trick: free shipping plus 15% off

help for Etsy vintage sellers
Free shipping can be an effective marketing tool for vintage sellers

Have you tried free shipping? Many vintage sellers have expressed concern that free shipping is unattainable.

Will free shipping discourage multiple purchases?

My shop has free shipping. My shop also runs a 15% discount all the time off from purchases of three or more items. I have had a many takers.

Lots of vintage shops give volume discounts when asked; what I do is not much different. Shipping costs are rolled into the price... Multiple buyers get their "free" shipping cost back. They feel like they are getting a bargain to boot, a win-win!

Items with "sales" such as "15% off three or more purchases" receive another benefit: they show up on any Etsy search for items on sale.... (And of course searches with free shipping...) I get fewer requests for lower prices, too.

Etsy's take on free shipping

rural mailbox
Is free shipping viable for online sellers?

Etsy asked buyers, and
...They see no reason why they should pay more for shipping on Etsy than anywhere else...

There was a belief... that because Etsy is person-to-person that people would understand that and pay more shipping. The buyer research was definitive: They won't.
"They're willing to pay $50 for that beautiful product. But having to pay $10 for shipping felt wrong. In fact, it feels wasteful for them to pay for shipping when everywhere else they don't have to pay. We saw time and time again that if the buyer had to pay $60 for an item and shipping was free, they felt great about it. But if they paid $50 for an item with $10 shipping, they felt bad about it."

15% off sale setup

Go to Shop Manager -> Marketing -> Sales & Coupons

Select the black button in the top right corner "new special offer."

"Run a sale." % off, minimum order quantity = 3 (makes the sale shop-wide)

Pick a date range. Give your offer a name.

Review and confirm and you are done.

A percentage-off sale on Etsy can only be a maximum of 30 days. That means that I actually run 12 sales per year. I can set them up well in advance. They are named something like "201915off01" for January, "201915off02" for February and so on.

Case studies for offering a 15% discount along with free shipping

***Example 1: an 8-oz item along with 2 jewelry pieces.***

Estimated shipping built into the cost to cover the “free” shipping: $2.99 + $2.99 + $3.99 = $10.00

Actual shipping $4.38

Order cost $64.83
15% discount on that total was $9.83

The amount  of the discount was about what I had rolled into the prices toward shipping. In this case for the three items I spent about half of that on shipping ($4.38). So when receiving $9.83 off their purchase, my customer received in effect a 7.5% discount. Does that makes sense?

***Example 2: a $100 bracelet with 2 post cards.***

This buyer purchased 2 inexpensive post cards in order to secure the 15% off. How did it work?

Bracelet $99.99 + post card $0.75 + post card $0.49 = $101.23

15% off $101.23 is $15.18 taken from the total is $86.05

$86.05 + Shipping (post cards only; shipping is not free for them in my shop) $3.98

Order total $90.03

So my buyer got 10% off plus two post cards (which I consider to be of no value and I sent one more as an extra). The buyer did not have to contact me to ask for a discount, and I am pretty happy about the sale.

***Example 3: six lots of window glass ***

This buyer scored 10 lovely pieces of crackle glass.

$185.94 - $27.89 (15% off) = $158.05

Calculated into the item cost toward free shipping: $3 + $5 + $5 + $5 + $5 + $5 = $28 

Actual cost was $21.05 + $3.82 = $24.87 (I could not get all those pieces double-boxed into a box under 1 sq ft.) 

So essentially my shop gained $3 extra over the calculated shipping. My buyer scored a net 13.5% off. With an order that big, I would have given 20% had they asked. So I am happy, and so is my buyer!

eye candy vintage art glass
We love combined orders

What do you do with the savings?

When other sellers ask if I give shipping refunds, I answer "No, I keep it and pay it forward toward more free shipping."

People want to shop quickly. By being transparent and showing the full cost up front, we make their job of shopping easier.

Free shipping is a different business model... you need to wrap your mind around it. You make more profit if someone local buys your item, and less the further away they live.

15% off three items or more sweetens the deal all around!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

USPS shipping prices will increase on January 27, 2019

The US Postal Service is making a significant change to postal rates in early 2019. Besides the expected rate increases, first class mail is switching to zoned service.

This means that $2.66 will no longer be the smallest package rate to ship to any U.S. destination. Effective January 27, it will cost  $3.09 to ship that same little package to zone 8 (coast-to-coast from your location; zones 1 & 2 will remain $2.66 and close zones will cost slightly more than that).

Highlights of the 2019 USPS Postal Increase 

Average postal increases are:
  • Priority Mail 6.2% 
  • Priority Mail Express 3.9% 
  • Priority Mail Express International 3.9% 
  • First Class International 3.9% 
  • First Class Package Service 11.9%.
antique letters
USPS letter rates will increase to 55 cents
And, of course, first-class packages rates are switching to zoned-base pricing in 2019. (A first-class stamp increases to 55 cents, for the record.)

Here is a USPS document with the new rates outlined. For my shop, I print the applicable pages. I post them in my shipping room for reference. (Try pp 13, 17, 40, 25, 27, 32, 42 and 74 for starters.)

First Class Mail zone rates

Particularly hard to absorb are the changing of first-class mail to zoned rates... I present them to you here:

Wt (oz) 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8
1 2.66 2.68 2.70 2.76 2.84 2.96 3.09
2 2.66 2.68 2.70 2.76 2.84 2.96 3.09
3 2.66 2.68 2.70 2.76 2.84 2.96 3.09
4 2.66 2.68 2.70 2.76 2.84 2.96 3.09
5 3.18 3.20 3.22 3.28 3.36 3.49 3.63
6 3.18 3.20 3.22 3.28 3.36 3.49 3.63
7 3.18 3.20 3.22 3.28 3.36 3.49 3.63
8 3.18 3.20 3.22 3.28 3.36 3.49 3.63
9 3.82 3.85 3.88 3.96 4.06 4.19 4.33
10 3.82 3.85 3.88 3.96 4.06 4.19 4.33
11 3.82 3.85 3.88 3.96 4.06 4.19 4.33
12 3.82 3.85 3.88 3.96 4.06 4.19 4.33
13 4.94 4.98 5.02 5.12 5.24 5.38 5.53
14 4.94 4.98 5.02 5.12 5.24 5.38 5.53
15 4.94 4.98 5.02 5.12 5.24 5.38 5.53
15.999 4.94 4.98 5.02 5.12 5.24 5.38 5.53

They are in price groups: 1-4 oz, 5-8 oz, 9-12 oz and 13-15.999 oz. I have price points in my shop, and it looks like the US Mail does this as well.... for each zone of course... My add-on for "free shipping" will be ranging from $3.50 to $6.00 depending on the estimated packed weight.

The first-class package prices are mostly increasing (except the zone 1/2 packages):
  • Any package shipped across the USA (to Zone 8) increases from $0.43 (Zone 8, 1 ounce = $3.09) to $1.43 (Zone 8 – 13 ounces = $5.53)
  • 13 ounce package rates in particular will be higher, increasing $0.84 (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $1.43 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
  • Heavier first-class items weighing 15 ounces to 15.999 ounces are seeing a smaller increase, going from no increase at all (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to an increase of $0.59 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
My shop will be able to absorb much of this increase because of using a cheaper (free to join) shipping service called Pirate Ship.

Are you all ready?

  • The USPS is extending dimensional weight to Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express for packages over 1 cu ft, with the DIM weight divisor becoming 166

USA map with Maine highlighted
Is your shop geographically challenged?

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