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New Shipping Rates and Options for 2013

January 29, 2013
MoSoap's new home

MoSoap’s new home

I hope everyone is enjoying 2013 so far!  It’s been a wild ride at our new home in the Commerical Hotel with trying to rehab the building and make soap at the same time.  In November we finally had indoor water and I could take a bath…nothing like being a soapmaker and not able to shower.  And let me tell you, using a garden hose outside for 6 months made me appreciate a warm bath even more.  As always, I appreciate everyone’s patience while I try to find my stride making soap.  Going from 3000 sq ft to less than a workable 500 sq ft all while the business grew was a challenge.

Speaking of other challenges, the United States postal service had a rate increase Jan 27th.  Please don’t write me hateful emails regarding how I am ripping you off with shipping prices.  With that increase I decided to once again offer UPS ground as a shipping option.  While most time US Priority Mail is still less than our UPS (United Parcel Service), many people prefer UPS.   I did a test on the two carriers – ship 12.3 lbs to California from Missouri.  UPS wants $21.94 and takes 4 days.  USPS Priority Mail is $11.30 and takes 2 -3 days.  Most people will choose “ground service” because they THINK it’s going to be less expensive.

When you order, you will see the option for either UPS Ground (default) and the next option is for USPS Priority then the option for Outside USA (that’s international pricing) and then Customer Pickup.  If you can’t pick up your order here in Ironton, Missouri and you live in the USA, then please select either UPS or Priority Mail.  If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, choose Priority Mail as UPS is not an option and will not show shipping.  I will still charge you shipping, but it will be at USPS Priority Mail rates which are even less than parcel post most times.  With Priority Mail, I pass the 10% online discount to you and since I process  the labels online, delivery confirmation is free.  With Parcel Post both of those savings are not in effect.

Witout fail, I will always check for the best rate for you!!  While I think our soap is stellar, I don’t want you to pay more than you have to on shipping.  If the store quote for shipping is more than the actual price, I will lower it for you.  If I can find a less expensive way (like for a lipbalm only purchase) I will adjust shipping.  I can’t seem to make the shipping feature on the website understand the difference in sizing like a bar of soap or a jar of salve, and each item needs a different box soI can save you money.

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  1. January 29, 2013 7:01 pm

    Have you considered using regional rate boxes? It seems to be cost effective for packages greater than 2 pounds. (Assuming you can fit everything in the box!) Another plus is the boxes are available for no cost from the postal service. They may be available at the post office but I always order them online.

    • January 29, 2013 7:37 pm

      Hi Mr. Green! Thanks for commenting. I have tried to use the regional ones for some items but as you mentioned if the item fits. USPS is nearly always less expensive than UPS Ground for us but people recently have been asking for the option of UPS so I figured I would give it a try again. Not sure how long it will last, but thought I would offer a choice. UPS also offers free boxes so they are becoming more competitive for us. Again, thanks for reading, debra

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