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08-02-2013 05:15 PM
Hi im new to selling clothes and im starting off with mostly jeans. I was wondering whats the best and cheapest why to ship clothes in the us. My husband sells a lot of electronics on his site and he ships fedex. so he was not really much help on finding a best shipping for me lol.
08-02-2013 05:22 PM
Anything 13 oz. and under can go in polymailers. Items like jeans that weigh more, padded flat rate envelopes are the way to go. Order them online through the USPS site.
08-02-2013 05:23 PM
Order a stack of padded flat rate envelopes from the USPS site.
Get a box of the 1 gallon and 2 gallon zip locks.
Neatly fold the jeans, slip into ziplock of appropriate size (little jeans in 1 gal, larger jeans in 2 gal), sit on ziplock to squeeze out air, zip shut, slip into padded flat rate, mail for $5.50 or so.
08-02-2013 05:24 PM - edited 08-02-2013 05:27 PM
They will fit in a standard Priority Mail flat rate envelope up to a certain size. I just fit a pair of size 10 women's jeans in one today.
Fold in half length wise so that one leg is over the other. Then, fold bottom of leg up 1/3 of the way and fold top of jean down 1/3 of the way. After that, I wrap in plastic wrap and put in the envelope. Remember - if it fits, it ships.
If you aren't comfortable with the FRE, Regional box A or 4 x 4 x 4 box O will work well, too.
I've considered the Padded FRE but in over 2000 shipments, approximately 800 of them in standard FRE, I have never had a single complaint about packaging and standard FRE is $4.95 these days if purchased through ebay/paypal.
08-02-2013 05:26 PM
thanks for the quick replys. I know how much shipping can make or break a deal. so i wanted to make sure the customers where getting good prices on shipping and that im not overchargeing.
once again thanks for the help from both of you!!!
08-02-2013 05:30 PM
08-02-2013 05:36 PM
"For me, denim is a hard sell."
Even though I sold a pair today for over $35, I couldn't agree with you more. I buy in bulk and denim is part of the deal but it's definitely our slowest category of sales. I'm just thankful that it's never a big portion of the bulk lots I purchase.
However, I do have a friend that specializes in plus sizes and she can't keep jeans in stock.
08-02-2013 05:37 PM
USPS First Class Parcel is generally the way to go for clothes when you can bring the entire package weight in under 13 ounces. That may be difficult for some styles/sizes of jeans, so the next best thing would be Priority Mail. (And that's where you'll end up for combined orders as well.) First Class postage is based on weight in ounces.
For the items you can ship at the First Class rate, Poly Bags are a good way to pack. Tyvek envelopes are OK too, but poly bags tend to be cheaper and easy to find in a variety of sizes.
For the items that are too heavy for First Class, the USPS has a few different free Priority Mail shipping supplies that work great. In general, Priority Mail postage is based on weight in pounds and the delivery zone.
Look into the Padded Flat Rate Envelopes. If it can fit inside one of those, then it will ship at the same rate, no matter how heavy it is, or how far within the U.S. it is traveling.
For jeans that can't fit in the padded flat rate envelope, the USPS has Tyvek Mailers available too. They'll fit a little more than the padded mailers, but they will also ship based on weight and delivery zone.
Spend some time perusing the usps website. The "store" has the priority shipping supplies you can order at no charge (but also has stuff you have to pay for, so be careful when clicking). And the shipping calculator and pricing charts will give you some idea what you'll be up against.
08-02-2013 06:01 PM
FYI, it can take a few days to get the PFRE from the post office and they are not available at most local PO's so you probably want to have them on hand before putting it on your listings that you will ship that method.
08-02-2013 06:09 PM
Be sure to order a bunch of region A boxes too. If your buyers are in a close zone, sometimes it's just as cheap or only .10-.25 more to just put them in a Region A box and ship them. I love region A boxes and padded flat rate envelopes.
08-02-2013 06:17 PM
Yep, padded fat rae envelopes is the best way to sip jeans, I can't fit pretty much any size in there, even plus size.
Ifyou don't have them on hand, you can use regular flat rate envelopes, jeans fit there just fine unless they're plus size.
08-02-2013 06:28 PM
fat rae envelopes is the best way to sip jeans
OK, that made me giggle.
08-02-2013 08:18 PM
Also, I only recently learned about Priority flat rate padded envelopes. I must have been living in the dark ages. I ordered some and they took FOREVER to come. I will be using them from now on, though. I used the Tyvek Priority mailed previously and never had an issue.
08-02-2013 11:50 PM
I've shipped a pair of jeans or two in my day....Priority Padded Flat Rate Envelopes are the way to go. Gallon size zip locks bags, squeeze the air out and they will fit in perfectly. When I ran out before I got the other ones in, I was able to get them in the regular Priority Flat Rate envelope. I had to fold them differently and use two of the gallon zip lock bags.