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Questions requarding shipping, fellow BL sellers
Ok so I am a BL seller and I am shipping all of my items at cost. We are very open about this on our store terms. Yes we do charge a small handling fee, which we are up front about. Which we have had a few orders cancel because they claim we are charging to much for shipping. We have even had buyers tell us that other sellers (for international shipping) charge half as much. We then went to two different post offices to discuss this issue (2 just in case our main one was making a mistake). Both post offices said the same thing.
So my question for my fellow sellers is this, how exactly are you doing it? For a small bubble mailer to be shipped anywhere in the US costs $2.62. You can't ship it any cheaper than that legally. Cheapest shipping to Canada is $9.50 and most international is $13.50. I had a buyer swear up and down that another seller could ship to the UK for half of that. I don't think the buyer was pulling my leg, I think some sellers are doing it cheaper.
So if you are using a different shipping method other than USPS what may I ask are you using.
If you are using the USPS, then 1 of two things is happening. For one you are shipping at a loss, which I don't understand why you would do that. Or two you are shipping illegally.
Which brings me to my final point, I'm sure some of you out there are shipping illegally. Again I talked at length to two different post offices about this and they both said the same thing. So it's not us that's the problem, we are doing it 100% by the book. But if you are shipping bubble mailers as a flat in US, you are not shipping properly. I suppose it's not terrible, but again it's not the correct way. But if you are shipping internationally this way, then you are technically breaking the law. You might be getting away with it, but customs can and will seaze your package if they discover it. It is not legal to send anything internationally as a flat other than letters, just throwing that out there.
I look forward to comments on this topic.