By MrBossAmerica 5032 views
I have already done a blog on mailing your used undies on MTW, however, I have more to say. As I am writing this, you already can see shipping prices, well mostly because of flying gas prices going up, so you can see how most stores online are changing their shipping prices from “free shipping” to either a higher “free shipping” threshold or to a set shipping fee you will have no choice to make.
You need to please understand that when you are ordering online to your house, there are always costs for the business or seller to pay on their end to get shipping done. They will have to pay for shipping supplies like tape, boxes, envelopes etc. They will also have to pay on their own money to the shipping carrier for a shipping label. That costs money right out of their own pocket which is why some businesses will either suck up the shipping cost for you or make you pay for it in the first place.
You need to buy a postal scale seriously! You actually have to measure the weight of your package (items inside the shipping container with the ship thing) and measure the dimensions of the shipping container.
The reason for this is if you underestimate the dimensions at all, the postal service however and whoever you used, can hit you later as a month with “surcharges”. “Surcharges” are when your measurements are off either too big or too little, and you paid less than what is actually supposed to be, you then get charged the surcharge for the right amount.
That is why you have to buy a postal scale to measure out the weight of your package before you ship it out. If you do not have a scale, you can guestimate that most small boxes are about a pound and you might want to weight out to the nearest pound so maybe round up to two pounds if you think the weight is heavier than a pound to be safe. Also, you can get a measuring tape to measure the length of your own boxes or envelopes when measuring out the dimensions. You need to be as accurate as you can or else you get the “surcharges” hit back to you.
Please do not use your own address or name when shipping out your mail to protect your privacy! This is to prevent stalkers from stalking you or extorting you at all! One thing you can do when you do ship things out to customers is to use a business near your house as the return address. This is again to ensure you are calculating shipping costs correctly or else you get the “surcharge”.
Let us take an example. Let us say you are living in Baltimore but you drive 1 hour each way to work each way to work in Washington, D.C. Well let us say you put the dimesions correctly, and you are shipping off to someone in New York City. Let us say (I am making up numbers) you are mailing your best friend there a box with goodies and the ship label you paid for is $9. However, because you are mailing your item in DC, you assume it is convenient. Then postal services come back a month later and says you owe $13 instead because you miscalculated the distance! So that is why you need to make sure where you are shipping from is close to where you live or where you ship from. If you live in Baltimore, and are deciding to ship in Ellicott City because it is close by, then it is ok, and you can could get away with shipping costs fine. But if you ship in another state or city far away from Baltimore, then you can still get the surcharge.
Lots of sellers here are either ok with shipping items to customers for free or with a shipping fee regardless of the location of the customers. Shipping internationally is very expensive which is why few sellers will ship to international customers for free and will force the customers to pay the shipping cost on their end to help offset the shipping cost the seller will have to pay on their own end to buy a shipping label.
If the customers are domestic, some sellers offer free shipping to people while others will charge a set fee for costs. If you want to save money, your best option is to save any envelopes and Styrofoam envelopes from your online orders to use for MTW. Because they are light to use, you should use USPS to ship from your own mailbox.
The reason for shipping from your own mailbox is to avoid going to the post office with something light and they feel the texture of your mail so they do not get suspicious of just shipping your used underwear (basically avoid awkward interactions at the post office).
Plus because it is so lightweight, you should just ship from your own mailbox (if you have one) with USPS so you can just drop it in, and have the mailman pick it up from your house while you away from home. The lighter the package, the cheaper.
Also, going to the post office is only needed to do so if you have a box that cannot fit inside your mailbox in the first place. Remember some post offices let you drop the mail and leave while others especially if it’s a small post office will require you to talk to the customer service desk person and scan it and inspect it which can be awkward if your package feels or looks suspicious. USPS is extremely 50-50 feels. Half the time, it reaches on time while the other half it is lost for around up to 3 weeks in transit before hitting customers or even getting lost in transit!
If you use USPS, please consider the risk. It is highly suggested to use USPS Priority Mail because of the risk, but even USPS Priority Mail can get lost but the chances of delays are a lot lower with it than First Class. Preferably that is why I use UPS which is more reliable because it hardly ever gets lost in transit in the first place and you can scan the package in person and just go. It is quicker and lines are less than going to USPS Post office!
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