I am feeling much better this week, thank you to everyone for the get well wishes!
This week I have been making and sorting my items for a craft fair yesterday. The fair was another dismal one with hardly any footfall. People around me sold nothing – some left early, obviously fed up. I only sold 3 things 🙁 but I received an email custom request from Folksy so that cheered me up!
Something I wanted to ask all the lovely crafters at Handmade Harbour is whether or not you all know about the postal increases from Tuesday? Not only are prices increasing – but categories have been altered – for the worst as far as posting by handmade sellers are concerned. The Post Office lady explained it to me when I went to post one of my Faery Gardens which sold on Folksy this week.
I boxed up this bottle garden and wrote “FRAGILE” and “KEEP THIS WAY UP” all over the box. It cost £2.70 first class which was fine. – BUT – then the Post offfice lady explained that ‘Fragile’ items don’t get any special treatment and will be tipped out of the sack along with everything else. (duh?) The most you can hope for is that they won’t kick it about !!!! I haven’t heard from my buyer yet as to whether she received it undamaged. I have posted one before which arrived safely so I am really hoping this will too!
However, she then dropped the bombshell that along with the increase in postal charges the categorization is changing, so that a small box similar to mine would no longer be classsed as a packet, but would from now on be a small parcel with the associated charge of £5.30 at PRE rate changes! Who knows what it will be from tomorrow?
So now what do I do about my Faery Gardens? I sell them for £5 – no-one is going to pay more postage than the item costs to buy – effectively doubling the cost. Although there is no increase for ordinary first and second class post, Royal Mail are reducing the size allowed for ‘letters’ and ‘large letters’ so that fewer items will fit into these categories.
If you want to check out what it will mean for your business http://www.royalmail.com/prices-2013 will tell you!
I think these changes will have implications for sellers of handmade items which are at the lower end of the price range. Someone buying something as big as a Faery Bottle Garden but costing say £40 won’t be as bothered at a £5 p&p as someone buying something under £10. Has anyone any thoughts about what they will do? Over to Handmade Monday!!