Nancy Today: Setting up to sell soaps online (soap 44)

Date: January 11, 2012 |admin | Ecommerce

It’s so hard to figure out how much to charge for postage! From Canada the postage varies from state to state. Etsy wants you to put in one shipping number for the entire state.

Comments

panthera50

Date: November 22, 2008 |

Yes, the postage is horrible. :-((

Sometimes I add it all up, and when it’s an accepteble price to me, I’ll buy something, if it’s not, I won’t.

thisblender

Date: November 22, 2008 |

how about using ebay to sell your soaps? they have a postage calculator that you can put in each auction so that the buyers know how much it will be before they bid.  hope that helps!

SunandaShower

Date: November 22, 2008 |

Hi Nancy, I know what you mean about the postage. I was going to order some soap from that girl you interviewed at a market a while back, but then it said the postage was eight dollars, except that it would depend on where you live, and I live in Hawaii, so I figured it might cost even more, so I just gave up.

MelinaWest

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Hello Nancy! Have you thought about selling soaps/dishes in bulk to stores?
Just a thought.

Crazy4Maui

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Hi Nancy, Shipping and handling is a detour ante for some people, but for others it’s worth it for them to have the product delivered to their door step.

You mentioned that people may just buy it because “Nancy Today” made it. Well ya know, I’m one of those people. I really think you’re wonderful and I would get enjoyment out of using the soap you made. You’re part of what makes it special :)

Have a blessed day!

adelgado75

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Hi Nancy. I want to buy some of that soap. Where can I go to buy some?

Modestfrugalmama

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Oh, yeah ebay also has easy store fronts you can use and keep all your things together. I would love to see your link to where you decide to post your items. I would love to purchase some soap. I think it brings new meaning when you see how it is made and what goes into it. Your also great at making it. Many blessings on getting things together and I hope it all works out for you.

MelinaWest

Date: November 23, 2008 |

I was thinking that local gift shops, trading posts and mom & pop stores. Vegan soaps to health food stores and also of course the local farmers markets. I always think it’s best to start out small. That way you can figure out what works and what doesn’t. If you create a website then you can direct all of you fans to your that site and they can purchase from there. You’re such a creative woman you might have already thought of all of this!

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

So far I’ve always decided against buying it! I’m way too thrifty!

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

that’s interesting! I will have to look into ebay and see what they charge for hosting stuff. All these small fees add up!

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Yeah, it’s cheapest to just go to the local gift shop, isn’t it!

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

No, but you’re right, I could do that! I’ll have to look into that.

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Hey thanks! I know what you’re saying. I guess I should just pursue it, just for the fun of it. We’ll see. If nobody buys anything it only cost me twenty cents to list it. It’s up to me how many things I list!

NancyToday

Date: November 23, 2008 |

Well three of you saying you want to buy some sounds like it may be worth my while to continue with this! I’ll work on it again tomorrow!

MelinaWest

Date: November 24, 2008 |

You would have to get a resale license (to sell whole sale). When I had one it was not the expensive and pretty easy to get.

NancyToday

Date: November 24, 2008 |

Oh, I see what you’re saying. So then all I’d do is supply the store and not worry about the postage and shipping it. Of course, I’d have to sell wholesale to the shops.

NancyToday

Date: November 24, 2008 |

I have one already. A vendor’s permit it’s called in Canada.

ashleyandlee

Date: November 24, 2008 |

Hey Nancy… I have a suggestion for you. If you ship within Canada, you can get those flat rate Expresspost bubble envelopes. The smallest one is $4.99 I believe and you could fit about 4 soaps in that. There is a medium sized one and a large one too – I think the largest one is $11.99.

ashleyandlee

Date: November 24, 2008 |

Oh, and also, usually sending to the US is cheaper than sending within Canada (I’m from Canada too!) So if you base all your shipping costs on within Canada shipping, you will never be short. If you charge a little extra you can refund the person like you said, or consider it extra money for “handling” and packaging.

NancyToday

Date: November 25, 2008 |

Wow! a flat rate! I can handle the $4.99 to ship within canada for four bars of soap! I’ll have to look into that. As soon as they plow the roads and I can drive without being scared silly!

NancyToday

Date: November 25, 2008 |

I’ll have to do some more research. I should have done it yesterday when I was in Ottawa, but I totally forgot. How about a courier?  Are they cheaper?

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