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I want to start selling books on Out of Canada and I got the question is it worth it? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm selling as an individual seller so I will be charged $1.49 per item I sell and $6.49 for domestic shipping? So my customer must pay about $8 for me to even turn a profit on a book? I bought supplies like shipping labels and bubble mailers in wholesale online because I thought it would be cheaper, but I was charged an area surcharge fee that was more than the list price. I guess that was due to me being in Canada and the supplier being in the states (Rookie mistake). Are there any online suppliers in Canada that have decent pricing for selling supplies? Is it worth it to sell out of Canada? Let me know from your experience, it would be great to know.


Start here:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_cn?ie=UTF8&nodeId=10194721

You don't quite got the fees correct. You will get the 6.49 from the sale. That's what the buyer pays for the shipping then you have to pay for the shipping yourself. In most cases, the shipping will cost more than the concession you get unless it can ship as Lettermail.

You also missed the 15% commission Amazon takes.

I have found bubble mailers are expensive in Canada. I don't know where to get them for cheap. I buy boxes by the pallet and have them shipped from the States.

Only you can determine if your business plan will work for you. Please feel free to ask more questions.


SellingCanadian wrote:
I want to start selling books on Out of Canada and I got the question is it worth it? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm selling as an individual seller so I will be charged $1.49 per item I sell and $6.49 for domestic shipping? ....


SellingCanadian wrote:
I want to start selling books on Out of Canada and I got the question is it worth it? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm selling as an individual seller so I will be charged $1.49 per item I sell and $6.49 for domestic shipping? So my customer must pay about $8 for me to even turn a profit on a book? I bought supplies like shipping labels and bubble mailers in wholesale online because I thought it would be cheaper, but I was charged an area surcharge fee that was more than the list price. I guess that was due to me being in Canada and the supplier being in the states (Rookie mistake). Are there any online suppliers in Canada that have decent pricing for selling supplies? Is it worth it to sell out of Canada? Let me know from your experience, it would be great to know.


If you are in the GTA I've found Chitchats to be the cheapest place for Bubble mailers:

http://chitchatsexpress.com/cheapest-bubble-mailers-envelopes-toronto/

If I ever need boxes of any size I head here:

http://www.packagingworld.com/

As we all know ... never want to over package your item, and these folks have a ton of different sizes!


It's really odd that packaging-world does not state its prices...not as far as I can see.

You HAVE to call to ask, am I correct?

Thanks.


Never actually called there before... I just drop by in person. Will bring along an item I wanna ship and pick the box from the ones they have made up for demos. It's just a big old warehouse full of boxes, and like most business ... larger volume will get ya better prices. Used to get mailers there (until I found Chitchats). Close by? Drop in some day. Out of the way for you... give them a buzz with some dimensions. They will likely ship to you, but I've only ever picked up in person before. Needed a few boxes for records... they had the perfect size.

Edited by: Box532 on Dec 18, 2015 5:31 AM


Thanks for the tip. I will definitely check them (chit-chats) out; which would save me quite a bit of money (on those bubble-mailers especially).

(I googled them last year, and did not see a Mississauga location; which I assume is 'new').


The Mississauga location at 6380 Tomken Rd has been opened since at least the summer of 2013. Recently they also opened a Toronto downtown office.

You can see all their locations (with opening hours and phone #'s) on their web site:
http://chitchatsexpress.com/


Cool! Re: Chitchats. I've only ever bought mailers at their Markham location. Give Mississauga a call first to make sure they stock the mailers (it seems like a smaller location)... just hate to have you go all that way and they don't stock them!


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