Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Shipping Charges Effective 01/01/2010

Happy 2010!

This is the first of a series of posts about all the changes that will take place during the coming year. This one is the first one I have to get out of the way, because unfortunately both UPS and USPS have both announced price increases. Future updates will be much more exciting, I promise!

After reviewing the price changes, it was obvious that I could no longer afford to offer the $6.00 priority mail flat rate charge. USPS has not only increased their prices across the board, but starting January 4, 1 pound packages will no longer have a flat rate throughout the US, but will become more expensive with zone pricing. Also, since USPS has introduced dimensional weight pricing (meaning the shipping is not only based on the weight of the package, but also on the size of the box), I have lost a lot of money on certain large orders. Not only is USPS increasing their prices, but so is UPS.

After careful consideration, I am going to change the priority mail option to actual pricing based on weight, plus $1.75 for insurance (if your order exceeds $50, I will cover the difference in insurance cost from USPS published rates). I am also introducing a Saver Shipping option, which will save you money on shipping for a larger order. The Saver Shipping will be a flat rate of $9.95 in the lower 48 states, and I will ship it the cheapest way (either USPS Priority or UPS Ground). You can expect to receive Saver Shipping by Priority Mail if your order fits into one of the flat rate boxes, and by UPS if it doesn't.

I have several new products in the works. I have started selling mini-soaps, which are not yet on my regular website but are now on Handmade by Randilyn on Etsy and ArtFire. Expect to see mini soaps in many more fragrances later this year, along with new lotion stick fragrances and much more!!

Thank you for your support during the first decade of the new millennium. I look forward to outfitting you and yours in smell-good stuff in the coming year!

1 comment:

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Shipping is getting ridiculous. I spent almost as much to ship Christmas gifts this year as I did to buy them! I don't envy you trying to figure out the best way to offer shipping!