I have a very small chocolate business, running out of my home. This summer, as I've been shipping with warm weather packaging, I'm spending $13-20 per package for shipping in state and all the way to west and east coast United States. My location is Indianapolis, IN. I haven't had the heart to actually charge people what it's costing me for shipping, because who wants to pay $25-30 for a single bar of chocolate? Not my chocolate, anyway.
My question is, how do you get shipping costs down? I realize the cost is lower when the weather cools off, but I believe that will be $8-13 each. For someone purchasing 1-2 bars, that is steep. What do you do?
And if you don't mind sharing, could you give a couple specific examples of your cost and method?
I just use the cheapest shipping method available for an acceptable time. Usually this is USPS Priority using Regional Rate boxes. This will get to most of the country in 2 days and costs between $7 & $11 for most of the country. If it's pretty local and a lb or less, I'll use USPS 1st class, which usually works out to around $3-$5.
As a follow up to my question.... I found a company called Shipping Easy, in the US. So far I love it and it’s cut the prices I was paying in half. No joke. Maybe I was paying way too much. They have a mostly simple web interface which allows you to check prices based on using USPS or UPS including using your own packaging or the USPS priority mail fixed price options. Best part is there is zero cost to use their platform as long as you’re under 50 shipments per month. You don’t need a label printer, you can just print on paper.