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Shipping small bubble envelopes within Canada.

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Shipping small bubble envelopes within Canada.

Hi im trying to sell some of my DVDs on ebay like tv seasons so i bought some small padded envelopes about 6.5in by 9.25in 2in thick. And when i check the shipping it comes up as $14. And i just shipped 3dvd sets that were 750g in a box which was pretty big for lower price. Whats going on no ones going to buy a DVD for $14. Maybe im doing something wrong but i think it should be cheaper to ship a single DVD set than 3dvd sets. Im new to selling so sorry for asking stupid question. Can anyone help a newbie out? What am im doing wrong?

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if its 2cm thick or less it can go lettermail within canada

If its over 2cm thick then its a parcel calculated by weight and distance within canada and small packet elsewhere

Parcel within canada is ~25% cheaper by printing out a paypal expedited label. of course still too expensive to bother shipping most dvd sets. Once its a parcel within canada the first weight tier is 750gm, so 100gm is the same price as 750 gm.
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Jeremey wrote:
Mar 27th, 2012 8:22 pm
Whats going on no ones going to buy a DVD for $14.
DVDs are nearly valueless. You'll be better off fishing locally on Kijiji or Craigslist.
zoro69 wrote:
Mar 27th, 2012 8:41 pm
if its 2cm thick or less it can go lettermail within canada
Yep. A standard DVD case in a bubble mailer will just barely get it under the limit – a case that is just a little bit too thick, or a crappy bubble mailer that's a little too bulky, might cause problems depending on which outlet you go to and on the phase of the moon.
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Omit the plastic snapcases on Canadian shipments. Just sell/ship the discs themselves in tyvek or paper DVD protectors, along with the original cover insert sheet from the snapcase. That way you have no trouble getting them in under the 2cm thick limit for lettermail.

If you ship to the US you can include the snapcases and use Canada Post Light Packet or Small Packet service, as no one in the States will likely be willing to pay for Expedited parcel service, unless these are some particularly valuable DVD sets.

Just be aware that you won't have any protection against chargebacks to your PayPal account if your buyers claim they never got the disks, since there's no tracking numbers on lettermail or small packet/light packet service.
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Jorpho wrote:
Mar 29th, 2012 1:13 pm
DVDs are nearly valueless. You'll be better off fishing locally on Kijiji or Craigslist.
That's a tough sell, from my experience. Unless you're pretty much giving them away, in which case why even bother?
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FYI, staples size #1 kraft padded envelopes are 10 for $4ish. DVD's ship fine in them and are treated as lettermail within Canada and the US. Just stick enough stamps to satisfy the postal rates (http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/persona ... es2012.jsf) and you're good to go.

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Wingding wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2012 7:52 pm
Omit the plastic snapcases on Canadian shipments. Just sell/ship the discs themselves in tyvek or paper DVD protectors, along with the original cover insert sheet from the snapcase. That way you have no trouble getting them in under the 2cm thick limit for lettermail.
There are undoubtedly buyers out there that will raise hell if they are not warned about this beforehand. Nonetheless, Zip.ca ships DVDs everywhere in simple paper envelopes, so the snapcase is probably not necessary as far as protection is concerned. (P.S. Never, ever put scotch tape on an optical disc, even on the label side.)
Wingding wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2012 7:54 pm
Unless you're pretty much giving them away, in which case why even bother?
It gets the crap out of one's house. And as long as someone else is getting some use out of them, it's better than throwing it away entirely. If all else fails, there's Microplay and suchlike.
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