After the most recent U.S. postage rate hike, I started doing some math using a country with the highest postage cost. Turns out that the heavier the package, the less the postage costs per ounce. For example, a small 6-ounce package (say a 16-pair combo pack or a 25-pair black craft eyes pack) would cost $12.33 for shipping, which comes out to $2.05 per ounce. Up to 8 ounces, the shipping cost stays the same, so it breaks down to $1.54 per ounce. At 1 pound the shipping cost is $16.16 or $1.00 per ounce. The higher the weight, the lower the shipping cost per ounce.
I feel awful having to charge so much for shipping. Since I can’t do anything to change that, all I can do is recommend that you place 1 large order rather than several small orders to save on shipping costs in the long run, or maybe get together with a friend or group and purchase an order together to share the shipping cost.
Hope this helps.
International shipping is ridiculously expensive now, so I’ve been thinking of ways you guys can save money when you order. The actually shipping costs can’t change, but you can change the way you order.
The first way to save on shipping is to buy more in one order rather than buying lots of smaller orders. Some people are good planners and can figure out how many pair of craft eyes they need to last them a few months or more. If so, buy them all at once and save yourself some money on postage.
Are you a regular at a yarn shop or knitting/crocheting group? Why not get together and place a group order? That way the shipping cost is divided among the group members. I’ve put together a handy group order form to print out. Have everyone fill in their order and then divide up the shipping cost among everyone ordering. You don’t even need to fill out the order online if you can scan it on your scanner/printer. Email me the scan, and I will send a PayPal invoice to your email address for the order.
Finally, why not use the buddy system? If you know someone who lives close by who also uses Suncatcher Craft Eyes, why not order together?
Here’s the link to the new shipping prices since the U.S. Post Office rate increase.
I hope these ideas help you save on international shipping costs. I feel so bad charging the new rates (and even worse when I’m printing postage) Yikes!
The U.S. post office is doubling international rates on first class international packages. Unfortunately this will affect all of my international customers. From what I can tell, this means that shipping rates will start at $6.00 per package. Yes, you read that right. I am so sorry and wish this wasn’t happening. These new rates go into effect on January 27, 2013. My suggestion to you would be to order as much as you can as soon as possible before the rate change.
I will be investigating this further to see if there are any other options to lower the cost and will post any other information I found out.