I read so many horror stories about shipping to Russia. Had 2 items going to Russia last week….I ship internationally, but this was a first to Russia, and 2 in the same week. I ended up insuring them thru U-Pic (shipsaver doesn’t cover Russia). We’ll see how it goes. Let us know the outcome of your Russia transaction.
hi, A great friend of mine, Scott Henshaw, contacted Robin and Mark at Bubblefast with an idea for a box to fit inside a flat rate padded envelope. Thus, the Scotty Stuffer was born. These fit into the flat rate padded envelope and can ship mugs, (some claim you can get two in here) and also flat ware, and collectibles. You can find these at http://www.bubblefast.com and this method of shipping can save you a great deal of money by shipping across the country. Flat rate being around $5.00 online (not at counter) and could be as much as ten dollars if priority by weight.
Debbie, I have written about the new changes quite extensively on my blog at http://www.cindysorley.com. You will notice the biggest changes in First Class International Parcel as much as 66% percent increase. If you have flat international shipping on your online sales, you have until Sunday to change it. If you use calculated the platforms will change it for you.
I mailed to Russia today.. very nervous… I have had one claim in 75,000 transactions and it is to Russia. I lost but but is the key word here. I have sold hundreds to Russia with no problem and I usually ship First Class International with no insurance and no delivery confirmation.
There seems to be a bug with Buyer Requirements. When I post with my phone or Ipad my saved buyer requirements from the website do not get applied to my items. Also you are not given the option to manage your store categories. I think they still have some work to do so you do not have to rely on the desktop version of the website.
Gregg, you are correct about not having store categories. It is the ONE thing I have begged for on eBay mobile since I started using the devices to list. One way I fix that currently is that I list a number of items from one category in my store the I do a bulk edit on my IMac and it takes me about a minute or two. I have a message into Jonathan about the buyer requirements and will get back to you on this asap.
Something I have been wondering about flat rate boxes. I was told at my PO that since they had nothing but flat rate boxes that if I took a flat rate box and flipped inside out that as long as I shipped PRIORITY it would be fine. Well sent like 5 packages and one the customer wound up with postage due, ironically I had already paid over 5$ for shipping priority inside state and the PO wanted $10 something more. I called the PO and she kept saying had to be sent priority and thats why, but I had. Finally I gave up and refunded the customer the $10 something as I didn’t want them to have to wait more than a day on this problem. I am wondering should of I really been charged that 10$ and change for large flat rate price even though I did pay priority but flat rate box was inside out? THANK YOU
Kim. If you took a flat rate priority box and used it to ship priority and you paid less than the flat rate price, yes the post office can charge you the flat rate price. The box is basically free but has a price of th flat rate amount. So say you only paid $5.00 to ship in state and the flat rate price was $14.95. They will charge the other $10.00. My suggestion is to go to the USPS website and order fee priority supplies. There are a mixture of sizes that are not flat rate to order so you have them on hand. These are called shipping boxes. Order some regional A and b also. They save a lot of money. While you are online order flat rate padded. They are only available online. Hope that helps Kim.
Thanks Cindy. I have another observation while listing tonight on Iphone. When entering in Item Specifics: Lets say I enter in a Brand Name and a Color as a example. If I go into any other field such as Size and determine I want to back out of this field without adding info, I am forced to hit cancel. Doing this erases all of the previous information that I had already put in. Hope that makes sense.
This is from eBay Mobile: Hmmm…same questions from before. This came out in 2.7 iPhone, 2.1 Android, and 2.2 iPad. If they’re using one of those, then check push notification settings are on. If so, I need to think about it more. 😉
Other thought is draft listing vs SM Pro inventory. Works with the former, not the latter.
Trevor, I hope that helps.
I got 2 more for you! The first regards the “X” delete button. I have accidentally erased my info multiple times in various places. Being the iPhone is so small it makes it too easy to make these errors. Today I did it when trying to edit the description. The “X” was right next to the word I was trying to edit and BAM! it was all gone. Suggest maybe having a some kind of warning come up when you hit the “X” to confirm you actually want to delete. This also happens a lot when creating my title. Second issue involved international shipping. I have been doing all flat rate shipping. I have been doing 1 charge for Canada and 1 charge for worldwide. If I chose a shipping method for Canada that same shipping method disappears when I try to select the same type of shipping method. So if I chose Priority Padded Envelope for my Canada Price, I cannot chose Priority Padded for Worldwide. I need to go into my laptop to make the adjustment. Thanks for passing any info on as always!
I will address both of these questions you have. I have sent your message to Jonathan about the having a warning to delete. BRILLIANT idea. My husband has this issue when he lists and he hates it. For the time being if you have an ipad, load the iphone app onto the ipad and use it there (I prefer the IPhone eBay app over the Ipad app currently because it is more advanced) If not, your recommendation has been sent to the right team.
The issue with Canada and worldwide has been an ongoing request for eBay Mobile for some time. We would love to have two options for first class (Canada and Worldwide since there is such a large difference in shipping costs). I was told that is is in the works and will be available in the near future.
Keep those questions coming.
Great to know the full back story on an amazing lady and wonderful seller. I was not aware of all the amazon issues (mainly the can return at ANY TIME?) Yikes that would be a PITA and a good reason to leave them.
Great job Cindy and thanks for sharing all your time and knowledge so freely to all of us!
Hi Lesley, I’m currently sthicitng a Bothy Thread cross stitch kit of yours called Dawn, I’m sthicitng this for my Auntie who is very special to me, I started it last Feb/march on the hope I’d have it completed for May 2012, but it ended up getting put away as I had an accident so I started sthicitng motif pictures for cards etc. Anyway I’ve recently started it again. One day last week as I was so much enjoying sthicitng this pattern, I decided to search for more patterns of yours for my next conquest, to my delight I found that this particular pattern is 1 of 2, the other being Dusk. I’ve searched and searched and tonight finally found one, which hopefully be with me next week. So now I have the pair to complete before May 10th. Will you be creating anymore fabulous fantasy angels/fairies in the future, not only do I love the design, but the colours work so well together. Thank you for giving me many happy hours of sthicitng. Ill send you a photo of my finished projects, that’s if you don’t mind. Thanks again. Nessa
Crochet Lace is Popular Among All
Crochet laceis an application of the art of crochet. Generally it uses finer threads and more decorative styles of stitching, often with flowing lines or scalloped edges to give interest. Variation of the size of the holes also gives a piece a ‘lacy’ look.
Originally crochet lace was not regarded as true lace. Crocheting was considered easy and less time consuming, but otherwise clearly an inferior surrogate for “true” lace such as bobbin lace, needle lace or netting. The first examples of crocheted lace try to reproduce the products of other lace making techniques as faithfully as possible. Later, the many possibilities and inherent beauty of crocheted lace were appreciated more.
Main styles of crocheted lace include filet crochet, Irish crochetand its modern derivatives, pineapple crochet. Freeform crocheted lace also exists, examples of which are pieces striving to imitate reticellalace.
Crochet was used as a fabric structure during olden days, but became popular as a lace-making technique in the mid-19th century. Some of the earliest pieces imitated either bobbin lace or needlepoint lace, and the designer of this large 19th century Irish collar incorporated several standard Reticella needlepoint motifs. It is edged with crocheted ball fringe, a strictly Victorian touch. Nineteenth century women who produced creative works in crochet have never been given proper credit.
Crochet lace is made either with a single hook or on a loom. Lace made on a loom is called hairpin lace, which works up faster and is made in strips that are then sewn together. Other types of crochet lace are filet crochet, pineapple crochet and Irish crochet. Filet crochet uses only the chain and double-crochet stitches to create a large, solid piece of mesh fabric. Pineapple crochet got its name because it uses the chain stitch and triple-crochet to create a pineapple motif, which is then sewn to larger pieces of lace or other fabric. Perhaps the most intricate is Irish crochet, which features leaf and flower motifs created [url=http://authenticviviennewestwood.webs.com]vivienne westwood plastic shoes for men[/url] separately and joined into [url=http://authenticviviennewestwood.webs.com]vivienne westwood melissa shoes lady dragon heart dove/blue heart[/url] cloth.
Ireland has produced the most crocheted lace. The best known patterns at first imitated Italian floral needlepoint, but evolved into a distinctive style that now readily comes to mind whenever Irish crochet is mentioned.
Filet lace is like a grid because it uses only two crochet stitches chain stitch and double crochet stitch. Chain stitches use less of yarn which form pattern by filling in parts of mostly chain stitch with double crochet stitches. Crochet thread made of mercerized cotton in white or ecru is used to construct a monotonous design.
Crochet is very popular among children who love to have all types of bags ranging from sports kits, packed lunches, shoes and boots, books and swimming kits, and other school, accessories.
I have been using FOMO and have recieved one neutral complaint (shipped in cardboard and loose tape in a plastic bag). Not even close… and the item wasn’t broken. They left neutral on shipping package which isn’t part of the criteria and ebay wont remove. 🙁 I still have 100% tho’. thanks for putting this on the web.
Amy , I am so sorry to hear about your FOMO neutral. I have been adding my shipping as a flat rate padded envelope so at least the customer sees that it will come in the envelope and they are not shocked and can question you before hand if they are concerned. See if that helps. Keep coming back… we will have lots of tips to share.
Thanks Cindy for providing what the different types of stitchery kits are and how to tell them apart, it is very helpful when listing a kit and you have the correct information on the listing. I hope it also tells buyers that you know what you are talking about. Thanks again
Can you use the .19 cent 4x4x4 corrugated boxes for mugs inside the USPS padded envelopes? Has anyone tried? Will they fit? I’m trying to avoid having to cut my own card board for each mug. Seems like a lot of time to invest when the mug costs less than the shipping :(.
Hi Cindy, I found your site while doing a search on types of needlework and it’s great! I am trying to find out what a method is called that I did back in grade school. We used embroidery thread and had a pattern on paper but nothing on fabric. The way we did the needle was drawn through the fabric, not through it. So when you look at the back of the fabric you couldn’t see the thread. I’d love to find it and do it again. Any help on identifying is appreciated!! thank you!
Was the fabric a mesh type fabric or a tight fabric like you see in clothing. If it was fabric then it was crewel embroidery likely. If is was mesh then a form of needlepoint in bargello or something. Do you have any photos at all you can send me and I can verify…
I just viewed your interview on The Thrifting Lounge and would love to be a part of your group. I have been selling strongly on eBay for one solid year now and am looking for a solid group to be a part of as I continue this great eBay selling adventure. Thanks!
I just ordered the . Flat rate Padded Priority Envelopes- when I go to mail my mugs out to my customers, I bring these to the post office window to mail them out, and that is when they will charge the 5.50 flat rate? A little confused after I pack the mugs how to get them shipped out and pay the flat rate. Do they weigh them at the window and then I pay? dumb question but I need a little clarity?
There’s a bit of an easier way – you can leave your address as the shipped from & simply enter your “returnees” zip code in the small “origination zip code” box just below. That will adjust the price of the shipping based on where your package is coming from, without you having to add a strangers address to your paypal account settings. And if the package gets lost, it is addressed as from you to you & will usually end up back home. : )