Okay, for instance, here is my little 'quandry' over this...
If I print out my shipping lable online, it usually takes three people to decide that it is okay to send this as a large and/or thick rigid envelope.
One time I decided to ask what it should be called when I go online to buy my postage. One employee (very nicely - he's a great guy) said - "I don't know. I don't buy postage online." Well, yeah - if I worked at the post office, I wouldn't buy my postage online either *lol*
Then all three employees gathered at the window and measured the envelope, discussed options, disagreed with one another, and almost came to a decision.
Almost. Because the manager came in and said that they had to close the window and get all the mail ready to go. *emphatic "now"*
Ummm.... nope, I still don't know.
And, when I mail stuff in these, the prices for shipping are different each time I mail them...
In the meantime, I have a bunch of these and I like to use them. So I am thinking that I will just stop having a 'shipping fee' and, instead, have shipping free.
If you have thought about this I am sure you have rehearsed the 'pros' and 'cons' of Free Shipping. I have heard some, too. Here are a few that I have come up with:
- People are attracted to free shipping because they only spend the cost of the item.
- No one can argue that you charged them for shipping and were 30 cents off.
- No hurt feelings when they see the postage amount!
- It is simple to use. Anywhere, everywhere - nada to figure out what the cost would be...
- In the long run, things will probably 'level out' so that the increase in orders will offset the free shipping expenses.
- There just might be that random rush of orders going out of the country that could cost quite a bit more than the orders stateside do.
- Absorbing the shipping costs on more expensive items is much easier than absorbing it on a $3.00 item. Tack on shipping out of the country, and that's a big cut into that little guy.
- I will have to watch my cash flow carefully to make sure that it's not taking a big dive because of not having the shipping paid for by the buyer.
And then there's that little mailer...
Ummm... I still don't know what to call that little envelope critter when I buy postage online. Maybe I will drag it down to the post office in the morning and talk to everyone before their coffee has worn off... Or maybe I'll bake them some cookies ;-)
What would you call that... thing?
*waiting excitedly for help from all my friends!*