Hello, I’ve had my first order and a request from the same buyer for more of the item they’ve bought, and am wondering about postage costs. I’d like to take the first items to the post office and weigh them, unpackaged, so I can charge accordingly for all four of them, when they’re ready to send. Would that be fine, or will the post office staff look at me as if I’ve got two heads?
post offices are usually quite eager to be helpful.
Probably best to choose a time when they are least busy.
Kitchen scales may work for mugs (if you have some- save you a trip)
I’ve always found that the PO to be helpful.
I use my kitchen scales to weigh smaller items and bathroom scales for larger items. If you haven’t already got these you can buy them at the likes of argos, tesco, wilco etc from about £10.00 or so. Saves unnecessary trips to the PO.
Congratulations on your order, hope it’s the 1st of many
As Jan has suggested, try weighing them on your kitchen scales and then use the Royal Mail price calculator to work out the postage costs.
I always use the post office price finder, I have it saved for easy access, it’s really helpful.
I would also suggest weighing them in the appropriate packaging, as packaging can push postage costs up considerably, particularly if they are on the cusp of a weight band whilst unpackaged.
I have always taken my items to be weighed at the PO. An open padded envelope, or otherwise and ask them to tell me how much it would cost as a combination of different items. They can then tell you the best way to package things up as well to fit into a certain price bracket, IE if I fold my braided rugs they cost less than half to post than if I just rolled them, same weight, different shape?!?!
I also feel building up a face to face rapport with the Postie, has enormous benefits, like everyone they are probably going to be more helpful if they know you.
As an extra, if we don’t use our actual PO, they get shut down, as happened in my village, now we have just an outreach 2 hrs X 2days a week.
Thanks very much everyone for your helpful responses!
The lady in our little post office is very helpful. I often ask her to weigh things and she gave me lots of good advice on posting to America. I’m sure they won’t mind at all. Congratulations on your sale and I hope you do really well on Folksy.