etsy canada shipping

This Etsy Canada shipping page is for those of you who are new to Etsy and have noticed that shipping prices for Etsy jewelry can be quite low. When it comes to jewelry, Etsy sellers tend to be rather competitive in their pricing.

If you are pricing your Etsy shipping from Canada you will probably find it hard to compete with some of the shipping prices offered in the US.

As I have suggested in my selling on Etsy page you might consider sinking some of your actual shipping costs into your product by raising the jewelry prices by one to three dollars in order to cover your real shipping fees.

This will remedy the issue when customers compare shipping costs and find your Etsy Canada shipping fees to be out of line.

Ironically it is cheaper to ship jewelry from Canada to the USA and internationally than it is to ship to some areas in Canada. The issues are that as soon as you add a gift box for your jewelry item the price goes way up and if you want some insurance coverage the price also goes way up.

There a few ways to ship your Etsy jewelry within Canada, to the USA and Internationally and here is how they go:

ETSY CANADA SHIPPING OPTION #1
(USA & INTERNATIONAL)

LIGHT PACKET

COST: Approximately $3.00 for USA and $5.00 for international depending on weight
INSURANCE: No insurance option                                                       TRACKING: No tracking option
BOX: Will not accommodate a gift box
PACKAGING: Bubble pack mailer up to approximately 5x9" or 6x10"

To ship light packet you will not be able to include a jewelry box but, you can include some pretty tissue and a nice organza bag. Just make sure you show a photo and include a clear outline of how the item will be shipped in your Etsy jewelry description.

Light packet does not include insurance sooo...if you choose the light packet option make sure to let your customers know that if they want insurance they will have to order it and pay for it.

You can make an extra listing for the purchase of insurance and charge four dollars or whatever the fee should be and include a link to that listing in your description.

To send your item light packet you will need to get the "Small Packet" label/form from your post office. Don't let the form title confuse you as this form is also used for a small packet shipments.

The "light packet" envelope must be within the Canada Post size guideline or it will fall into the "small packet" pricing structure. 

Since I have never been able to make heads or tails out of the information on the Canada Post site I just went into the post office and asked to measure their plastic guide tool. I cut it out of cardboard and I just measure at home as I go and now you can too.  Just download the PDF,  print it, glue it onto some cardboard and cut out the middle : )

This template is for measuring thickness only and will fit a 4x8" to a 6x10" mailer. Here is the TEMPLATE Just slide your bubble pack envelope through the cut out and if it fits through easily you are good to go!

When you go to your post office you can ask for the small packet forms and airmail labels. Then all you need is your bubble pack mailers and you will be all set to prepare your packages at home.


ETSY CANADA SHIPPING
"LIGHT PACKET" AND "SMALL PACKET" LABEL/FORM

(SAMPLE ONLY)

ETSY CANADA SHIPPING OPTION #2
(TO THE USA & INTERNATIONAL)

SMALL PACKET

COST: Approximately $8.00 TO $12.00 depending on weight and destination
INSURANCE: New! Canada Post no longer provides insurance                                            TRACKING: No tracking option
BOX: Will accommodate a gift box
PACKAGING: Bubble pack mailer approximately up to 5x9" or 6x10"

To ship small packet to the USA and Internationally you can use the "Small Packet" label/form. This shipping will accommodate a jewelry box however, as of February 2013 Canada Post no longer includes insurance for this level of service. You can add another $30.00 dollars for International "Tracked Packet" service if you would like tracking and insurance. Canada Post is killing their small business customers. Please see the last option on this page if you are shipping from Toronto to the USA.

ETSY CANADA SHIPPING OPTION #3
(WITHIN CANADA)

REGULAR POST

COST: Approximately $1.25 to $2.00 depending on weight
INSURANCE: No insurance
TRACKING: Not available
BOX: Will not accommodate a gift box for this price
PACKAGING: Small bubble pack mailer

Shipping regular post for $1.25 in Canada is an option I only use if I need to send a chain on its own or something that is inexpensive and relatively flat.

If you are selling five dollar earrings this may be an option for you but, keep in mind that sending earrings without a box can put stress on the earring hooks. Depending on the type of hooks you use the loops can open up when they are pressed down by the weight of other postal packages.

This is particularly true of lever back style hooks. When they are forced to turn sideways the loops will bend and open therefor it is best to be careful when it comes to shipping earrings.


ETSY CANADA SHIPPING OPTION #4
(WITHIN CANADA)

EXPRESS POST

COST: Approximately $8.00 to $15.00 depending on location
INSURANCE: Includes $100.00 insurance and purchased upgrade          TRACKING: Includes tracking
BOX: Will accommodate a gift box
PACKAGING: Bubble pack mailer or box

To ship your Etsy jewelry within Canada the best method is by far Express Post. It is fast and reliable. I have only had a couple of occasions when it did not arrive on time but, I have never had a loss. I did get a refund for the shipping when the items where not delivered on time.

If you are shipping a five dollar pair of earrings within Canada I would just ship it regular for the cost of a Canadian stamp. Again, you could wrap the item nicely and ship it without a box for about $1.25.

However, if you are sending out a quality item that is at a higher price point it is best to package it nicely in a box and pay for the express shipping. You can also use express post to the USA but, I find it rather pricey. You can save an extra 5% on express post by signing up for the Canada Post Venture card.

ETSY CANADA SHIPPING OPTION #5
(WITHIN CANADA)

EXPEDITED PARCEL

COST: Approximately $6.00 to $12.00 depending on location
INSURANCE: Includes $100.00 insurance and purchased upgrade          TRACKING: Includes tracking
BOX: Will accommodate a gift box
PACKAGING: Bubble pack mailer or box

Within Canada you can also ship your Etsy jewelry using expedited
parcel. I don't love expedited because I find it always takes longer
than the four or five days that they say but, it is more economical
and it does come with insurance and tracking.

As I understand it, you will need to sign up for the Canada Post Venture card in order to use this service. The last time I used the expedited service I was told that it was a business service only. It does not take long to sign up for the venture card and you can save 5% on some of the shipping services such as Express Post.

There you have it my Etsy Canada shipping information and I hope that this will save you some time and frustration.


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