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Small e-commerce shipping is a major pain point for small businesses that don’t ship enough to have contracts with the major shipping vendors. Here’s how to lower your shipping costs as a small business.
- Pirate Ship: They give you United States Postal Service (USPS) commercial rates for no monthly costs or setup fees (they make their money via a contract with the post office). You can calculate the cost of shipping with them on their rates page to determine how much you will save. They have integrations with Bay, Etsy, Shopify, WooCommerce, Cratejoy, others, which makes them a favorite among small marketplace sellers. Since they don’t have an affiliate program, they are usually left off other top lists you will see around the web.
- Stamps.com: Another competitor that also uses the USPS, they integrate with a lot of online shops and also provide services to companies with physical locations and multiple locations, which might make them a good alternative to Pirate Ship. You pay a monthly fee (about $18 when we wrote this).
- PayPal Shipping: You can print shipping labels directly from PayPal. USPS & UPS are the available shippers and they integrate nicely with other PayPal software.
- uShip: A shipper for large and bulky items. They have a partnership with Etsy and can ship any large items and freight. they can be worth looking into when your items are too bulky for a good deal with other shippers.
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