Cheapest Way to Ship a Package – In 3 Easy Steps

I have shipped thousands of packages over the years on many different platforms and I have condensed my knowledge down to 3 easy steps which I call The Max Cost Shipping Method.

USPS is the cheapest way to ship a package in the United States (for smallish items). This guide will not cover ALL shipping methods that USPS has to offer, just the ones that cover most of my shipping needs.

Flat Rate Boxes - Cheapest Way to Ship a Package
Flat Rate Boxes – Cheapest Way to Ship a Package

1. Media Mail – Max $14.00

Price Range – A 3 lbs book would cost me $4.00 to ship across the United States. The price range for 1 oz to 70 lbs is $3 to $35 respectively. If the price of your package goes over $14, scroll down to the Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping methods.

Maximum Weight is 70 lbs.

Delivery Time 2 to 8 business days.

Tracking is included.

Insurance is not included.

Shipping Supplies: Use your own packaging.

Eligible Items include but are not limited to:

Books.

CD’s.

DVD’s.

Film.

Ineligible Items include but are not limited to:

Video Games including disc based games.

Computer Drives.

Digital Drives.

Media Mail is the cheapest way to ship a package but only a handful of items qualify to be shipped in this service. Don’t be tempted to ship non media items with this service. When shipping via Media Mail, you agree to allow USPS to open your box and inspect the items inside. If they find that the item you are shipping does NOT qualify for Media Mail, they will stop your package and your client will NOT receive it.

2. First Class Mail – Max $6.00

Price Range – An 8 oz toy would cost me $3.64 to ship across the United States. The price range for 1 oz to 16 oz  is $3 to $6 respectively.

Maximum Weight is 16 oz (16 oz = 1 pound). If the weight of your package goes over 16 oz, use one of the next shipping methods.

Delivery Time 1 to 3 business days.

Tracking is included.

Insurance is not included but can be purchased.

Shipping Supplies: Use your own packaging.

3. Priority Mail Flat Rate – Max $19.00

Price Range – $7, $14 and $19 depending on the size of the item you are shipping. Flat Rate means that the shipping cost is the same to ship anywhere in the US. Shipping a 2 lbs laptop would cost the same if I were to ship it across the United States as to someone down the block.

Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope – $7.00

Envelope Size – 9.5 x 12.5 inches

Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – $14.00

Box 1 Size – 11 x 8.5 x 5.5

Box 2 Size – 11.88 x 3.38 x 13.63

Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box – $19.00

Box 1 Size – 12 x 12 x 5.5

Board Game Box Size – 23..69 x 11.75 x 3

Maximum Weight is 70 lbs.

Delivery Time 1 to 3 business days.

Tracking is included.

Includes $50 of insurance. You can also purchase more.

Shipping Supplies: USPS provides Priority Shipping Material for free.

Shipping prices increase every year, so the above prices will be out of date soon but the order of the shipping service will stay the same. So The cheapest way to ship a package will always be Media Mail then First Class Mail then Priority Mail.

Knowing the Max price for shipping is very important especial when having to estimate shipping cost. When I go on buying trips, I don’t have the luxury of bringing a scale with me to weigh goods. I guess the weight of the item and that tells me which shipping method I will be using to mail it. I then use the Max cost of that shipping method to determine if that product will be profitable, eg: Price of item for Sale on my platform $15 – Item cost $2 – Max Shipping Cost $6 = $7.00. I would profit at least $7 and if the item weighs less then what I estimated, my profit would go up.

It also helps me when listing my items for sale. Everyone of my items has free shipping. In order to know how much to price my item for, I have to roughly know what the shipping costs are so that I don’t price them so low that I would lose money. Memorizing the above shipping categorizes was easy and essential for me early on in my selling career.

If your going to be shipping a lot of packages over time, make sure you get shipping discounts. At the end of the year when I do my taxes, I go over all my fees and Shipping is the BIGGEST by far! Anything you can do to reduce those costs are mandatory in order to stay in businesses and stay competitive. There are online shipping services where you can buy shipping at discount rates. Companies like Stamps.com have special agreements with USPS, FedEx and UPS where you can get up to 20% off shipping costs.

If your interested in How to Sell iPhones Cases check out my article. I also talk about how to dropship products.

 

How to Sell iPhone Cases

1. How to Sell iPhone Cases

How to Sell iPhone Cases? The first step of choosing what to sell is always, “Is it in DEMAND“!?! Since the beginning, cell phones have always gotten dropped, dinged and dunked. Just about everyone I known that owns a cell phone also owns a phone case. So yes, iphone cases ARE in demand. What I’m going to do in this article is show you how to choose the BEST iphone cases to sell and how to sell them.

2. Where to Find iPhone Cases

AliExpress.com has one of the largest selections of iPhone accessories on the internet! Its also the largest dropshipping site that there is. The have manufactures from all over the world, list the goods they have for sale. Buying direct from the manufacture will allow you to get the biggest possible saves you can. In the online market, you need to make every cent count in order to compete and stay open for business.

AliExpress - How to Sell iPhone Cases
AliExpress – How to Sell iPhone Cases

3. Only Sell High Demand iPhone Cases

You don’t just want to sell any iPhone case, you want to sell the ones that are in the highest in DEMAND. There is no reason to sell items that take years to sell. Lucky for us AliExpress allows for us to sort their products by “Order”, meaning we can see which items have the highest number of sales. The higher the order number, the more they have sold, the more in demand that item is. There are many of these little market indicators scattered all through out the internet, you just have to know where to look. I will be going over a few of those indicators in this article.

For the purposed of this article I chose the first iphone cases that showed up, e.g. “Sexy Retro Floral Phone Case For Apple iPhone 7 6 6s 5 5s SE Plus Lace Flower Hard PC+TPU Cases Back Cover Capa For iPhone7Plus”. The order quantity for this listing is 47,024!

iPhone Case - How to Sell iPhone Cases
iPhone Case – How to Sell iPhone Cases

4. How to Find Off Site Demand Indicators

One of the ways I check to see if an item is worth selling is to check for off site demand indicators like eBay or Amazon. If I can see that these iPhone cases are actually being sold, then I know that I can sell them too.

eBay Price - How to Sell iPhone Cases
eBay Price – How to Sell iPhone Cases

As you can see they DO sell on eBay. The prices are low but they are selling. I believe that the prices are low because no one can compete with this seller from China. I also believe that these same cases are being sold on eBay at a higher price under a different name. By listing these products under a different name, the seller doesn’t have to compete with the seller from China. This is an insider secret tip on how to sell iphone cases, make sure you NEVER use the stock name of the product. The big take away from this is that people ARE buying this case.

Amazon Price - How to Sell iPhone Cases
Amazon Price – How to Sell iPhone Cases

You can also see that these cases are listed on Amazon. These listings are new so we don’t know if they are selling yet. The seller posted them at a price I think is reasonable and still be enough to make money.

For those of you planning on selling these iPhone cases on eBay or Amazon, please make sure you physically have the products in hand. You do NOT want to dropship when selling on eBay or Amazon. It may take longer then the period of time eBay or Amazon allows, for you customer to receive their goods. This would result in you getting restricted or out right banned from the platform. If you plan on dropshipping, make sure that you have your own store where you get to make the rules.

5. Price Points

When selling fast moving products, smaller margins are perfectly acceptable. Lets say you price you iPhone Case at $9.99 and the case cost you $1.60 and you are dropshipping it for free: your profit will be ($9.99 – $1.60) = $8.39. Now lets say you sell 10 a day, ($8.39 * 10) = $83.90!! Thats $84 a DAY for 1 product!!! Even if you priced your cases lower, the volume of sales would still make the small margins acceptable. FYI, you’re not going to be selling just 1 item, you’re going to have a few to hundreds of items for sell!

6. Where to Sell iPhone Cases

You can sell these cases anywhere: CraigsList, eBay, Amazon, OfferUp or even at the Swap Meet. The easiest and best way how to sell iphone cases is to sell them in your own online store. In your own store, you can set the rules as you see fit. You can name the price, determine the shipping speed and most importantly implement a really easy dropshipping plan.

If you want to start your very own turn key store, check out my video tutorial.

What Can I Sell To Make Money Test

1. What Can I Sell To Make Money

What can I sell to make money? This should be the very first question you should ask yourself if you really want to be successful in the eCommerce world. I will be answering this questions in great detail in this article. I will also be showing you where to source products and where to sell them.

2. HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT TO SELL

Choose products you enjoy selling

Selling products you don’t care about is essentially a chore. Chances are you hate your job, so don’t make the mistake of trading one terrible job for another. You couldn’t pay me enough to sell porcelain dolls! I would rather pull out my own teeth than to have to deal with those creepy things. You should be asking yourself: What can I sell to make money and also enjoy?

If you enjoy what you sell, then you are 100 times more likely to want to talk about it. You are 100 times more willing to do research about it. You are 100 times more likely to consider it fun rather than work.

Research to know what people want

There are millions of products out on the market, they are not all equal. Don’t wast your time on stuff that doesn’t sell. Knowing what people what is crucial to making money. I first check to see if an item is in demand before I sell it, to do otherwise is a wast of time and money. If I don’t know if something sells, then I WILL NOT SELL IT.

3. HOW TO DELIVER YOUR PRODUCT THROUGH DROPSHIPPING

The idea of drop shipping was developed to enable a reseller to send a product directly to a customers from the factory without it ever having to be sent to the reseller. You should be asking yourself: What can I sell to make money and frees up a large amount of my time?

Advantages of Drop Shipping

Easy to Start: You don’t have to deal with the logistics of handling physical products. You won’t need to secure a warehouse or package your orders. You don’t need to worry about how to package and ship your products.

Cheaper: It makes eCommerce less expensive. You do not need to invest a lot of money in inventory upfront. You only need to purchase an item from the manufacturer after your customer has paid for it.

It Can be Done From Any Location: All you need to do a drop shipping business is your PC [or mobile device] and an internet connection. Imagine being able to take an extended vacation while still being able to make money.

Access to a Wide Range of Products: Since you do not need to pay the manufacture before you select your products, you can offer products from numerous categories to your customers.

4. BEST PLATFORMS FOR ECOMMERCE

There are many platforms for eCommerce but the main two I will be discussing are AliExpress.com (for sourcing) and Shopify.com(for selling). You should be asking yourself: What can I sell to make money and where can I sell it?

ALIEXPRESS (For Sourcing Goods)

What is AliExpress

AliExpress is an eCommerce market place of over a million items created and sold by Chinese Manufactures. These goods range from tooth picks to hover-boards to MRI Machines. All these goods are direct from the manufactures so they are all at the lowest cost possible, which means you have a distinct advantage in pricing. Each manufacture has a minimum purchase quantity, and for the most part, that minimum is just one item. No need to buy in bulk.

What Can I Sell to Make Money? Uh….. AliExpress has MILLIONS of products to chose from:

Toys

Clothes

Kitchen Goods

Furniture

Electronics

Jewelry

Snail Face Cream!!!!!!!

What makes them stand out

There are many qualities that makes AliExpress stand out among other online marketplaces.

Gigantic manufacture base!

Products are cheap!

Wide range of products available!

Tips on How to Select the Best item on Aliexpress

Select products with the most orders: When sorting products, it is essential to sort by “orders sold”. By sorting by “order sold”, you are getting a market indicator showing you what people are buying. You can cut out any wasted time having to find out what sells by trial by error. The higher the order rate, the greater the demand is for that item.

Choose items with High Product ratings: It is better to resell products that have a rating of 4.5 or above.

Product Ratings - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Product Ratings – What Can I Sell To Make Money

Original Product Photo: Some photos do not belong to some retailers, neither are they a true pictorial representation of the item offered for sale. Some are stolen from another online retailer. Doing a Google Image Search can help you double-check.

Fidget Spinner - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Fidget Spinner – What Can I Sell To Make Money

Helpful and Communicative Supplier: Sometimes, it may be necessary to contact a supplier while you source a product. A quick response and clear answers are qualities of a reliable supplier.

Feedback Level: Manufactures are given a Feedback Level, represented with a symbol, that represents the amount of sells the have completed while on Aliexpress. The badge symbol indicates the lowest ranked score, while the crown symbol represents the highest score.

AliExpress Feedback Levels - What Can I Sell To Make Money
AliExpress Feedback Levels – What Can I Sell To Make Money

SHOPIFY.COM (Selling Goods)

What is Shopify

Shopify is an eCommerce solution where a resellers can create an online store and sell products to customers. Its a one stop shop with everything you need in order to sell online.

Fully customize your online store.

Add new sales channels in seconds.

Manage unlimited products and inventory.

Fulfill orders in a single step.

Track sales and growth trends.

Shopify Store - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Shopify Store – What Can I Sell To Make Money

Advantages of Shopify

Fast, Reliable and Secure: Shopify’s hosted solutions ensure prompt and adequate maintenance of their servers, making your pages open faster and online store available to customers at all times.

Ease of Customization: There are more than 160 themes to choose from. These themes can be easy modified to suit your taste.

Shopify Store Themes - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Shopify Store Themes – What Can I Sell To Make Money

Easy to Set-up and Simple to Use: You can quickly set us an online store with few steps. The user interface is intuitive and user-friendly with all features easy to access.

Search Engine Optimization Tools: When properly utilized, it will make your website rank higher on search results, enabling customers to locate you faster and more easily.

Third Party Apps: They have many third party apps that you can install to optimism your site. Oberlo is a free app that allows you to import 100’s of products from AliExpress with just a few clicks.

5. HOW THE DROP SHIPPING PROCESS WORKS

A customer places an order from your online store.

You place the order with AliExpress, make sure you select free shipping to your customers address.

The manufacture will send the order directly to your customer. You wont ever have to touch any of the products unless you want too.

6. WHAT CAN I SELL TO MAKE MONEY?

Here is an example of how and why I chose Fidget Spinners.

I went to AliExpress and selected the “Toy” category. I then sorted the results by “Orders”.

AliExpress Toy Category - What Can I Sell To Make Money
AliExpress Toy Category – What Can I Sell To Make Money

The results then change so that the product with the most orders is listed first. It shows that the product with the highest orders is the Relaxtoo Luminous Hand Top Fidget Spinners Glow in Dark. I want to sell items that are in high demand and it looks like there has been 89,357 orders for this product. Plus, I’ve seen fidget spinners everywhere, so far this product is a good contender!

Toy Category Filtered by Orders - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Toy Category Filtered by Orders – What Can I Sell To Make Money

I clicked on first listing to see the product details. It shows me all the fidget spinners that they sell and other important information. It also shows that this manufacture is a 5 diamond seller. And the product is at a great price point!

Highest Selling Fidget Spinners - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Highest Selling Fidget Spinners – What Can I Sell To Make Money
Batman Fidget Spinner - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Batman Fidget Spinner – What Can I Sell To Make Money

I then clicked on the shipping options to check if they offer free shipping to my country. They do, so this is definitely a product I would consider selling.

Free Shipping - What Can I Sell To Make Money
Free Shipping – What Can I Sell To Make Money

This product has everything I’m looking for: Its in high demand, it comes from a manufacture that has a good reputation, the item ships for free to my customers AND its at a great price point. Its that easy to choose a product for sale.

Try it for FREE

1. Go to AliExpress.com and find products using the steps I listed above.

2. Go to Shopify.com and sign up for a free for 14 day trial. There is no risk, and no credit card required.

3. Let me know how much fun you are having!

What can I sell to make money, is a question that every reseller has to continually answer. Please keep checking back on my What Can I Sell to Make Money blog as I will be picking out other products to sell. Enjoy my friends!