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As an Etsy retailer, I have had a lot of concerns with international shipping. And, to be honest, it can be very difficult to gauge what your shipment fee needs to be when you are letting buyers know the rates before they order. After all, I’m not a post office or a professional in the shipping industry. But, if you are wrong on the shipment cost, you can either lose the customer by charging excessively, or put yourself in the red if you have charged too low of an amount.
So how can you get ahead of the game and know what you really should be charging with international shipping? Well, there are a few ways to go about it. But the easiest thing that I have found is websites that will compare the shipping costs for you so you can know which shipping company will be cheapest for the country you are sending to as well as do it in a reasonable and timely manner.
By using a comparison site, you know that the package will be sent correctly. There is a lot to consider and those sites actually lay it all out for you. I have had the best luck with Shipbrain.com. With Shipbrain.com, I provide the weight and size of the package, and what country I’m sending it to and the website will actually give me a list of the fastest and best-priced companies I can go with.
If you attempted to calculate all of the shipping companies individually, you would be giving yourself a massive headache. There are so many options even within a single shipping company to take into consideration, it can be overwhelming. Which is the best to ship to Europe? Which company can get a large box to Japan? You would have to do a series of singular searches to try to get the same answer that you will get from a comparison website with just one search.
When thinking of using a comparison site, like Shipbrain.com, think of all of the advantages. You save yourself price searching time, which will save you money at work by giving you more time to get your work done in an efficient manner. It could also save you money with customers if you have not been charging the right amount when sending boxes internationally. And, of course, having acomplete list of prices will give you more shipping price options than you would have had if you had done it all manually.
Think of entering the same details in over and over again.It is tedious, time-consuming, and can seriously put you in a bad mood. If you only have to do it once, you will save yourself a lot of stress and money. Before I discovered this easy tool, I had actually been undercharging on my ship rates and found that I hadn’t charged my customers correctly at all. This put me in a bad place financially. But, I will not have this problem anymore now that I found comparison sites, like Shipbrain.com, are there to help.