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Old November 18, 2008, 08:23 AM
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Default Tips for Saving Money on Shipping Costs

Without a doubt, we all hate to get sticker shock when we agree to sell an item and then suddenly get shipping quotes that seem WAY out to lunch. Not only does this impact on your return on investment but it can also impact the buyer since you may be forced to use a lesser shipping method.

Luckily for you, there are some pretty helpful things you can do in order to save yourself and the buyer from headaches.

Canada Post Venture One

Even though everyone loves to hate Canada Post, they offer a number of ways that someone can save a good amount of money on their regular shipping rates for packages. One of these is their Venture One service.

This is a program which is used for small businesses which ship regularly with Canada Post. However, anyone can sign up and benefit from the discounts this program provides. I have found that the typical savings is about 8-10% while the price of Expedited Parcel Service becomes the same as Standard Service. This is great since Expedited allows your package to reach its destination in half the time as the regular parcel service. Remember, happy buyers means more sales for you.

A Venture One Account will also give you access to new online shipping options such as real-time tracking and email updates for your buyer.

An important thing to remember is that you get more of a discount for using the online shipping tools when you log into your Venture One account online. All you have to do is print up your shipping label online, attach it to your box and drop it off at a Canada Post counter. No waiting in line and no filling out forms at the post office.

eShipper Discounts

Not many people know about eShipper but those of us that use it, find it to be the best all-round service for shipping large and heavy items within Canada. You can head over to Redflagdeals to get a number of discounts to eShipper's already great prices.

To give you an example of some of the prices I have been quoted for a case which I sold with shipping to Vancouver from Montreal:

UPS Ground: $87.21
Fedex Ground: $94.33
Fedex with eShipper: $41.92

All in all, this is an account which will allow you to ship those heavy items without having to worry about disgustingly high shipping costs.

Always remember: if you can save yourself money and time you will not only become a better, more efficient seller but you will also make your buyer ALOT happier in the long run.

Hope this helps you all.

Last edited by SKYMTL; July 7, 2009 at 05:18 AM.
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