USPS First Class Postage

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    Shelly

    Hi Collectiblefinders4u,

    Thanks for your suggestion. First-class USPS postage is available for packages under 13 oz. (Some packages qualify up to 16 oz. but Google Shopping does not allow them to be advertised so we always suggest using Priority for these items.) It looks like most of your items are around two pounds, so you've correctly set up priority shipping, and your items have been accepted by Google Shopping for advertising. 

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  • Collectiblefinders4u

    UPS ia not an option for some people who are home bound with no way of taking it to one of thier store were USPS will pick up my package at the house with no extra cost I guest my only option is to buy postage from usps.com thank you for your time

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  • TnT_Deals

    I see the First Class option. I just used it to ship a 1 ounce package.

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  • patchesjay

    I hope I am side stepping all of these choices by having Free shipping on everything.  In theory I chose the way items are shipped.  USPO First Class per the template, but as an example, I ship Iron on patches, stamped "Non Machinable".  On many online selling groups on FB, sellers are not familiar with the term or option.  Listing a patch for $4.99 or $5.99 then shipping it as a package would cost $4.50 plus or minus.  Non Machinable means processed by hand, to avoid automated USPO sorters than can chew up a patch in an envelope. It's really a 2 ounce stamp, mailing a less than 1 ounce item and as a flat/mailer.  The down side is no tracking!  But it can be calculated less than 1% are lost in transit and a simple refund calculated in to the average price, covers the minimal loss.  Etsy is planning on pressing sellers to have quicker shipping models and they prefer tracking.  With over 1 million Iron on Patches listed, this will either be a flexible rule change or it will drive some sellers to other sites.  One size can not fill all needs. I see all the streamline programs offered, but I am a Dinosaur in a rural town, I go to the post office often. I sold 3414 items on ebay in 2019 and addressed, packaged and mailed myself.  Other than shipping discounts, it really depends on what you sell.

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  • ochoco_collectibles

    I ship my patches the same way, mostly: I send them with "free shipping". On a $5-6 item buyers really pay attention to an additional $3-4 on top of the purchase for shipping, and I cannot 'eat' $4 shipping on that amount of an order. I ship all patches selling under $15, except the ones with velcro, in an envelope with a single forever stamp, (I even can ship two together if packaged correctly) and as long as I keep the patch from moving within the envelope when it goes through the automated sorting machine. I lose no more than one in about 500. The key for me is to place the patch inside a clear resealable thin acetate pouch, then tape two sides to an 8x10 'packing list' which is folded and mailed in a 6x9 mailing envelope. It doesn't seem to move that way. I came up with this method when brainstorming with a postal worker in a rural post office several years ago, trying to figure out why several items get "lost" each year. The patches which are thicker (velcro-backed) require hand cancelling due to their thickness, and the extra 1-ounce stamp added for the personal service required. This has virtually stopped my mailings being "lost" in the mail. I have experimented on ebay by offering "tracking" for an additional $3, with absolutely no one thinks the value of $3 was worth it (nor do I). Ebay now has a USPS tracked 1st class mailing available for about $1, but only for sports cards. They suggested they would make if available for similar, flat, less than-an-ounce items, but haven't as yet. I wish I could send tham all with tracking, as I have never had something not arrive when tracked, but for patches, you typically cannot.

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  • patchesjay

    Yes, whether I want it or like it, 50% of my sales elsewhere were patches.  If I charged $4. to $5. to ship, I would lose 4 out of 5 of those buyers.  The 2 ounce stamp, marked "Non Machinable" is really only .20 cents extra to have it sorted by hand.  As you say, I can corner tape about 3-4 patches in a 6" x 9" mailer and if it exceeds 1 oz. its just another 2nd oz or additional .20 cent stamp up to .95 cents.  If they buy say 5 patches, I bump it up to a regular package.  The Etsy Marketing survey indicated they were going to start pressing sellers to use tracking, a added burden for a flat, less than 1/4" iron on patch.  Unknown to me when I started on Etsy, at 10k gross, they offered me a 20% discount on the cost of Etsy Ads.  The survey indicated there may be a future bias toward big volume sellers.  It seemed like they were following more ebay policies that favor buyers over sellers.  Funny how tracking works, as you say!  I hardly remember a lost package and if something does come up missing, its almost always a flat, where tracking is not part of that shipping.

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