and that would be very messy.
I do a very light business on Etsy. That is mostly because I don't try very hard. I still have boxes and bags and all manner of items of the crafting variety to sell as destash in my OmaLinda's Boondoggle Emporium. But after the frustrating day I have spent......maybe I'll just chuck it and say whatever.
In order to complete the sale of an item, I must use The US Postal service or UPS. Duh, no really Linda. Yeah Joe's kinda opposed to me hand delivering things around the country while flying my broom. I wish. And I have nothing against either entity except.....I don't like liars, be they corporate or corporal.
It's really my fault. I should know better than to list anything that is bigger than a prairie dog. Not because of the weight of the item but because it is going to take a bigger box. Sometimes it takes more time to find a box than to ..... well just about anything. I have interested people who would like to know what postage will be. Sometimes on larger items, I indicate that I will charge exact postage if they will let me do the figuring before we conduct our transaction. I know I have Patsy written on my forehead but I don't like to overcharge folks.
Today I was preparing an item, in a box I searched for. I went online and got a price. I put in the measurements of the item, the weight and of course the address of the buyer. The site gave me a price of $9.57. I thought that's great because I had indicated an $11.50 cost on the shipping. Then I went onto Paypal to print out the label and the cost was $20.52. I only sold the item for $6.00.
This is not the first time I have had this happened. And there have been some really upset customers when I have to cancel the transactions. There is no way I could complete the transaction. I can't afford to lose more than I ask for an item.
So the moral of the story is....don't believe the online cost indicators of the shipping folks or don't sell anything over 7 oz.
I feel so bad for my customer. I feel so bad for me. I spent an inordinate amount of time finding the "for crying out loud" box. Oh and if I had gone with Priority mail.....the cost would have been $29 something. Honestly, I give up. The silly thing didn't weigh but 3 pounds, it's not like I'm selling bowling balls. But they would be in smaller boxes and probably be able to ship them.......oh well.
I know that the folks who make their living by working for the Postal Service, hi Gail and for UPS, hi Tina aren't to blame for this problem. If the online calculator was correct, then I wouldn't have had to disappoint a very nice lady in Alabama.