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If you need to post something either due to the way your business operates or just as a one-off, you will want to try and keep its costs down as low as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
At certain sizes and weights, the price of postage will jump upwards. This means that you want to do your best to keep your package as small and light as possible. The last thing you want is for your packaging to push your parcel into the next pricing bracket. With that in mind, you should try and get thin packaging that also helps to protect your product or if use a box that is as close to the size of your items as you can. When packing your box to keep the items safe, you will want to use a lightweight material such as newspaper to cushion whatever is inside. Bubble wrap is also a great choice here. If you are trying to make sure something like a t-shirt as thing as possible, then packaging it in an airtight packet and sucking all the air out will help it to shrink down and be able to be posted as if it were a far smaller item.
There are a lot of different couriers all competing with each other. This means that certain couriers will be cheaper than others for your specific package and its destination. You should always shop around before committing to purchase as you might be able to save a fair amount by picking one courier over another even though they will both deliver in the same time frame. If you can, you should also drop your parcel off instead of having it collected as this is usually the cheaper option. There are also add-ons like insurance to consider, so while a services base cost might be cheaper their insurance might be more expensive. As mentioned before shop around if you want the best deal. Another option that isn’t a courier is a service like Shiply. They provide a more bespoke delivery service and are especially great if you need to move large items such as desks and cabinets. Most couriers won’t be able to deal with such large and heavy items, so services like that are your best bet.
The above are the core ways that you can save money on posting things, but there are a few other miscellaneous bonus tips that we have for you. Firstly, if you are sending multiple items to the same person, then you should try and put them in the same package. This is will usually end up cheaper than sending them separately. If you are a business, then encouraging multiple purchases on your site or store will help you to keep postage costs down. Secondly, you should consider how quickly you need the item to arrive. Express and first-class postage are far more expensive than second class and economic services. If it doesn’t need to arrive quickly, then you might be able to save some money by sending it via a slower service.