Thursday, May 26, 2011
Fear of the Unknown
(Some of my packaging goodies)
A couple of friends of mine, including Lisa from Savor and Amy from GatorGrrl had told me over a year ago (*cough-nearly two years-cough*) about this printing out your postage online through paypal when you sell goodies online. Then, you can call the post office to come pick it up from your house.
I was interested but made all kinds of excuses. I have mostly first class parcels, my printer isnt always working right, Its easier for me to hand write my labels and use stamps... yada yada yada.
I admit, I am sometimes slow on the uptake but since our move we are trying to greatly reduce the amount of gas used with our cars by combining errands and not as many trips out.
Not to mention the time it takes to stand in line at the post office. I have just had a couple of larger package orders come through and I sat there debating when to go to the post office to combine errands. Then it hit me. A gentle hit, not a ton of bricks realization, but I figured...well what the heck! I keep seeing the little option to print shipping label when I go to my paypal to check that the payment has cleared. I figured Id go ahead and give it a whirl today.
I danced around the house waving my label around, nearly hitting it on the ceiling fan, narrowly avoiding a shredding by the fan blades (But it would have been okay cause you can reprint the label within 24 hours if you lose it, shred it or it prints out incorrectly!) entirely stupid excited that I didnt have to go to the post office. I then clicked on the option that I would like a carrier pick up - Why, yes. I would love someone to ring my doorbell and take my packages saving me time and money!
*The only little side note here is you have to have at least one priority mail package in the lot of goodies you are shipping for them to come and get it.
WHY didnt we do this last year during the Holidays? The M W F runs to the post office that my darling husband put up with so graciously! Not this year, baby!
Paypal shipping it is! I highly recommend getting over the newness and hurdle of trying something strange and scary. I love stamps and handwriting and all, but this is such a time saver, it comes with free delivery confirmation if its priority, which I might add is a smart idea so your customers can track their goodies.
No, I am not getting paid by anyone to write this, I just want you all to see how sometimes its not good to be stubborn and set in your ways! :)
PLEASE let me know if you all have any suggestions/questions or comments on this as I am still very new with this procedure. And, let me know if you try it out!