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How to Handle the Shipping Rate Increase for Shipping Wreaths

Are you struggling with how to handle the shipping rate increase for shipping your wreaths? In this video, we’re talking about what you can do to make sure you are getting the best rate. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Freaking out about the cost for shipping your wreaths? Let’s discuss how to combat it and get you the best rate.

If you use Etsy to calculate your shipping and print labels, it uses the USPS Parcel Select Ground option. Remember, the price is based on the box size, not the weight! This is called DIM.  For example, I entered a box in Etsy for shipping and it calculated at $63 shipping. I entered the same info on USPS directly and was able to get shipping for $23! For that price, you will need to take it into a USPS facility so this may be a good solution if you sell just a couple of items a week but if you are shipping a lot more this may be too cumbersome.

So let’s look at other options. To ship the same box via FedEx it would be $35. For that they will pick it up at your home. 

Changing your box size obviously changes the price but you won’t always find that USPS is cheaper than FedEx etc. You will want to play with it and check various sizes and prices via different shipping companies.

You can also pass along the shipping cost as a part of the wreath price – this way a $35 shipping price doesn’t scare off your customers! For instance, instead of charging $60 for a wreath and $35 shipping you might want to charge $80 for the wreath and $15 shipping. 

Check out the video below for more information.

Video How to Handle the Shipping Rate Increase for Shipping Wreaths

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Happy Wreathing,

Julie

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11 Comments

  1. Terri Gonzalez on September 5, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I started selling on Etsy a few months ago, and have shipped 4 wreaths, 2 within the state (Texas). The third wreath I shipped went from SA to Rockville, Md. and cost $22 to ship via USPS retail ground. Two weeks ago, I mailed a wreath, same size box as the others (24 x24x6) to Florida, and my cost for retail ground was $47 + $2 Insurance. I had taken it to FedEx to use my new account and the charge would have been $49, not much different. The post office clerk measured the circumference of the box, something none of the other clerks had done prior. I was so disappointed because of the cost. The only saving grace was the email I received from the customer letting me know that she was thrilled with the wreath. I know Etsy has been encouraging sellers to offer free shipping, but those of us who are not volume sellers have a tough time. I may need to rethink this Free Shipping offer.

    • Julie Siomacco on September 6, 2019 at 11:24 am

      So add $25-$30 onto the price of the wreath. State you have free shipping. One wreath might cost $40 to ship and others $20. It averages out.

  2. Gloria St Clair on September 5, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Really enjoyed your video on shipping, you have so many good videos! One question, don’t most sellers on Etsy ship Priority Shipping? If I ship Ground, will it discourage buyers?

    • Julie Siomacco on September 6, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Not if it’s clear to the buyer when they will receive the item.

      • Kitty Montgomery on October 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm

        I can not find the boxes help please

        • Julie Siomacco on October 25, 2019 at 5:55 pm

          Did you try Amazon?

  3. Cheryl Little on October 28, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    That is my problem too! Very expensive – what is the size you brand cut done…. and what is the tool you use to cutdown? Thanks so much as always !

  4. M. Brady on March 4, 2020 at 11:26 am

    UPS just tried to charge me $70 to ship a 30”x24” wreath that weighs less than 2 lbs! I can’t see charging my customers more money because at some point it gets ridiculous to ask that much. It’s a shame that my business will no longer be given to someone in another state. I simply can’t afford it.

    • Julie Siomacco on March 12, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      Do you think I pay $70 to ship? No. And when you make a wreath and struggle with the bow, do you give up? No.
      There is a creative solution to your business problem. Don’t stop trying to make it work for you. Get a business account with all the carriers and check to see which is cheaper. Keep the box under 24 inches wide (more if possible) and under 8 inches deep (more if possible).

      Most cost $30 range to ship. You charge your customer $15 to ship it and increase the price of your wreath by $15.

      You can do this.

  5. Theresa T. Lamie on April 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    To ship a wreath from VA to OR is about $100. There has to be a better way. I can’t give my work away for a loss

    • Julie Siomacco on April 21, 2020 at 11:21 am

      This can’t be correct. I can ship from SC to CA for much less than that. Make sure to follow all my tips regarding, size, pricing, and shipping as a business.

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