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Thread: Question about shipping and selling

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    Super Member rexie's Avatar
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    I don't know if this is the right place to post this question or not, but here goes. I have some fabric that I would like to sell. I don't know how much I paid for some of it, so I don't know if I am below the required selling point. How do you price your fabric? Do you price according to todays prices? Also do you include the shipping or is that usually extra? I don't know how much you can stuff inside a flat rate envelope...with or without tape?

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    not sure about the pricing, but I think you can stuff about 6 yards in a FRE. Try and get the padded FRE's, order online from USPS.com. There is no problem with stuffing those full; there are a few PO's left that have a problem with stuffing the cardboard ones. They have to close "normally" but you can reinforce them with tape. Recommended as their sticky closures are prone to fail.

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    The buyer usually pays extra for the shipping, but it helps if you can give them a quote on how much it will be. I don't think the board will want to know how much you paid for the fabric to begin with. Just be sure you're offering it at a good price. It helps if you can offer different options of payment (paypal, check or money order). Good luck with your sales.

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    Moderator kathy's Avatar
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    please be sure to read over the rules in classifieds, even if you've read them before

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    Super Member jljack's Avatar
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    I don't think anyone who buys here expect to pay retail prices....I know I don't. If I'm buying on here I am looking for a good deal on something someone else decides they don't want. Plus you have to consider the shipping cost. If I pay retail and shipping, then I am going to my local LQS to save shipping. Just My Humble Opinion.

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    Super Member katyquilter's Avatar
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    I like to include shipping in my price. I don't usually have time to go to the PO and have them price the postage, then back home, email the purchaser, collect payment and go back to the post office. It's easier all the way around for me to include the shipping, then depending on how many yards a person buys, I ship accordingly. Just my way of doing things.

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    Super Member reeskylr's Avatar
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    I'm thinking of putting up a couple things too and I noticed when I went to the Post Office that prices have gone up again. That tiny tiny box that was 4.95 to ship, went up to 5.20 and so did those others where 'If it fits, it ships'.

    First off, they are going to go by how much it weighs and then the zip code. You can go to the USPS site and put in the zip code, say for New York if you are shipping from West to East and how much you think it will weigh and it'll give you a ballpark price.

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    If one plans to sell several things, it's worth the expense of buying a fairly accurate scale. I purchased a diet scale that weighs up to 4 pounds that works well for me -I think it cost around $30 - I think it's supposed to be accurate to 0.2 ounce.

    (I originally bought it to weigh food portions more accurately than I could approximate a serving when I was keeping a food diary - which does work when I do it!)

    Sometimes the Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging is the least expensive way to mail something. Sometimes not.

    Remember to factor in the cost of packaging if not using the Flat Rate options and the cost of taking the items to the post office.

    I still hate to pay for shipping - but when I remember how much it would cost to drive all over the country looking for something - along with the time to get there and back - it eases the pain somewhat.

    I think it is reasonable to look at "replacement cost" for a similar quality fabric when setting the asking price.

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