The graphic below shows what the screen will look like for shipping an item. If you are selling digital downloads, this will be different for you. Below the graphic, I go into detail about each item.
1 – There are two options for shipping. You can have either enter the fixed cost manually or have Etsy calculate the shipping when you enter in the information in this section. Basically, if you ship an item that is 12″ by 12″ by 12″ that is 2 pounds, it will be automatically calculated, whether you are shipping them 5 miles or 500 miles.
- Calculate them for me (Recommended) OR
- I’ll enter fixed costs manually.
2 – Origin zip code – enter your home zip code (the zip code you are in when shipping your item)
3 – Processing time – enter how long it will take you to ship an item (from the time it is purchased to the time it reaches the post office or shipping location (DHL, UPS, Federal Express, etc.). The quicker you can ship it, the more your customers will love you.
4 – Where I’ll ship (will you ship all over the world, just the United States or somewhere in between). I have to say we ship all over the world and this has been a good portion of our business (10-20%).
5 – Shipping services – you can choose the USPS shipping services you would like to use. The choices are:
- Priority Mail (1 pound 1 ounce and over) with 2-3 business day delivery (not guaranteed by the post office)
- Express Priority Mail (overnight service although the post office does not guarantee it – especially during the holidays)
- First Class (items less than 1 pound)
- Parcel Select (1 pound 1 ounce and over) with 2-8 day business day delivery
- Media Mail (books and printed reading material that does not contain advertisements) – the least expensive shipping method
- Priority Mail International (over 4 pounds with size restrictions)
- Priority Mail express International (over 4 pounds with size restrictions) – expedited delivery
- First Class International (Under 4 pounds with some size restrictions)
6 – Free shipping
- Free domestic shipping (shipping in the United States)
- Free international shipping (shipping outside the United States)
7 – Handling fee
The handling fee is for costs associated with packaging costs which may include the box, peanuts, bubble wrap and/or insurance. I would include insurance with international shipments just because it has a higher risk of getting lost or damaged.
- Domestic handling fee (handling fee in the United States)
- If you click “See separate fees for domestic and international) you can do handling fees for international shipments
Don’t forget to press Save as a shipping profile. You can have a number of shipping profiles if you have different types of products.
8 -Item weight
If you are selling products, you should invest in a postal scale. We purchased ours for $35 and it has been a great way to ensure that we have the correct weight in our listings so we don’t lose money on shipping. If an item weighs 2.02, make sure you use 2 pounds 1 ounce (always round up).
9 – item size
The item size is the size of the item when packed. If you pack your item in a 6: by 6″ by 6″, then put in 7″ x 7″ x 7″ because the post office always round up the size of your box. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Press Preview and you can view your listing before it is published. This is a great feature because you can see it exactly as your buyers do. I always save before I preview and save it as a draft. I would hate, hate, hate losing my listing at this point. Yes, that has happened a few times in the past.
Don’t forget to press Save and Continue.
You are almost there so click next to go to the final steps of getting paid and setting up billing information. How exciting!