I realize that the point of this blog is to make money, however, I just had to share this story and hopefully worn others out there!
Previously I mentioned that I have entered the world of eBay selling. Thus far it has gone fairly well and I have enjoyed it. I've been making money and more importantly, I have been cleaning out my house!
But today, I learned a HARD lesson. You see, I sold two large paintings that were about 32x30. Being a freshman eBayer, I did not do my research and only looked at what competitors had charged for shipping and based my shipping amount on that. Now, I know you're probably thinking, "that was dumb" and you're right! It was a completely foolish thing to do! And I paid the cost, too! After learning that I would pay almost $80 to have the picture packaged and shipped, I decided I should package it myself. So, after 3.5 hours of wrapping bubble rap and making boxes, I was finally finished! It was a process and I probably over wrapped, but I was warned that large packages aren't handled with care and I should take every measure to ensure the safe arrival of these pictures!
So, the moral of the story? Do your shipping home work before listing on eBay. You can easily check this by visiting www.USPS.com. It's a very user friendly site and you can check prices in a matter of minutes...so I've learned!
Hope my mistake will help others in the future!