Tag: shipping

Canada Post and the Slot of Doom

One of the challenges of selling online for Canadian vendors is the Slot of Doom, the term of endearment given to Canada Post’s requirement that packages be 2cm or thinner in order to get the best rates to destinations. If you can fit it through the slot of doom, you can get your small, light item to the US for $2.11, to Canadian destinations for $1.18.

If it doesn’t fit, you are looking at $6.50 or more to the US for the next best air mail option and a similar price for Canadian mail! Bit of a jump there.

Bead Packaging

Most of my items happily go through the slot of doom. My beads generally get tucked in a poly bag, several layers of tissue paper and an envelope. The canes were more of an issue.

Stack of canes

Canes SQUISH. So I needed boxes that fit. At the time that I originally bought boxes no one I found had small, jewelry sized boxes under 2cm(13/16″ or so) at a price even in the ballpark of standard boxes. And so I bought a couple cartons of jewelry boxes and my boyfriend trimmed them down to 5/8″ (15-16mm) for me.

A Solution

Voila! It works. And I use it for sending jewelry or more delicate beads as well. It only chafes a bit that I have to gear what I offer online to Canada Post’s restrictions in order to remain competitive with an international market.

Meet DaWanda

I am not an early adopter of things – DaWanda isn’t new – but this could be considered in the early part of the game. DaWanda is a European based handmade crafts venue. It is more strictly regulated than Etsy (people mass producing and mass reselling are investigated and removed when flagged). It has 3 parts; an English site, a German one and a French one and the listings in each do not necessarily appear in all 3. You are asked to have the ability to help customers in each language you post in before posting in it.

All in all I think it’s fascinating. And, so far, listings are free and the commission is a very reasonable %5. I made a shop a bit ago and this Sunday I uploaded a few sets:

OK. So more than a few. All of these canes – or most of them at least – are available in my shop here or I can put them on Etsy for you, instead. If you’d like to be my first buyer on DaWanda I will tuck in an extra cane of your choice from my shop – just message me and let me know!

I am experimenting with how canes shipped with Canada’s Light Packet would do and if they’re fine, then that would allow single boxes of canes to ship to the US for 2.50 which is similar to what we charge on Etsy, for shipping IN the US.