We have a new member for you to meet but first I'd like to talk Postage!
As crafters we all know that the price of postage is rising yet again! This is bad news for us as most, if not all of our orders are delivered to our customers. I have heard many friends recently despairing as the price of shipping an item will now exceed the cost of the item itself. The thing that makes it even more difficult is that the general public as a whole don't realise this and think that we are just being greedy. So what do we do?
Do we up the cost of our items so that it doesn't look disproportionate to the postage? This is certainly one way. Not many of us can afford to just swallow this cost which eats into our profits.
As a Guild we are looking to do two things but we will need your help to accomplish them. We are hoping to produce a guide which will allow you to find a selection of reasonably priced couriers as hopefully they will realise that this is a prime opportunity to grab lots of business if their prices are right.
We are also looking at teaming up with one of the well known marketplaces (possibly more) to see if we can strike a deal with any of the courier companies.
What you can do?
Let us know if you currently use a reasonable, reliable courier service.
If a discount of some kind was offered, would you be open to the idea of changing from Royal Mail to courier and if so have you an estimation of how many packages you would send out?