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Chapter 14. Managing Packing and Shippin... > Calculating Shipping and Handling Fe...

Calculating Shipping and Handling Fees

One of my earlier pieces of advice was that you should include all the details about shipping and handling (how much and who pays) up front in your item listing. While this is a good idea, how do you figure shipping costs before you know where the item is going?

Working with Flat Fees

The solution is easy if you're shipping something that weighs (packaging included) less than a pound. For these lightweight items, you can use USPS Priority Mail, which ships one-pound packages anywhere in the U.S. for a single price ($3.85 at the time I write this). Because you can also use free boxes (provided by the postal service), you know your cost to package and ship a one-pound item will be $3.85. Easy.


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