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Okay, so my first FBA box (to IND) is full, (and I have never used UPS before to ship books to FBA) do I:

1. pay for that one box and ship it?

2. Or (this is what I want to do) keep filling boxes until I have 4 boxes full 200 lbs or 400 lbs total (to get a lower priced rate on shipping via UPS)...

3. If I do the above #2 can i just send them one packing list for all my boxes 1 of 4, 2 of 4, 3 of 4, 4 of 4, or do i have to account for each book that is in one box, then account for each book that is the second box, then account for each book that is in the third box, etc.?

All books, no duplicate books/skus, all going to IND.

Thanks a bunch! View the reply Rainbow1 selected as correct


Rainbow wrote:
Okay, so my first FBA box (to IND) is full, (and I have never used UPS before to ship books to FBA) do I:

1. pay for that one box and ship it?

2. Or (this is what I want to do) keep filling boxes until I have 4 boxes full 200 lbs or 400 lbs total (to get a lower priced rate on shipping via UPS)...

3. If I do the above #2 can i just send them one packing list for all my boxes 1 of 4, 2 of 4, 3 of 4, 4 of 4, or do i have to account for each book that is in one box, then account for each book that is the second box, then account for each book that is in the third box, etc.?

All books, no duplicate books/skus, all going to IND.

Thanks a bunch!



paintcreekbooks wrote:



if i understand you correctly, i don't have to stop listing books after i fill one box, i can just keep listing books until i have a few boxes and feel ready to ship them to FBA all at one time. A copy of the shipment packing list goes into each box of the one shipment.

I will cross the bridge of multi fulfillment centers when i get to it. not looking forward to that.



paintcreekbooks wrote:
I'm surprised you haven't run into the multi-fulfillment center issue yet and hopefully you can pack another box or so without running into it.

Gail



Okay, I decided to ship one box only so I get the hang of it and see what the price is and to get at least one box of heavy books outta my house asap.
The one box (i did not enter dimensions of the box because it's not a requirement) weighs 41 lbs says my bathroom scale. I shipped it UPS for the first time ever and the cost is $17.00 and change to ship (and also amazon is charging me $3 to label 15 books @20 cents a book which saves me the hassle of buying a printer, labels and all that stuff). So, roughly, I am paying a little over $1 per book to ship. An Amazon book seller who was at one of my garage sales (I picked his brain while he was scanning my old books) told me he ships 400 lbs of books and his cost is 39 cents per book that way - if you are on this forum hi from me lol.

I know I can do better with shipping charges and am open to suggestions and advice. My next big learning step is to figure out how to ship more than one box in a shipment - there probably is a UPS chart I should be reading right?



paintcreekbooks wrote:
Hi again,

I am happy that you sent out your FBA shipment!

One thing I don't understand is why didn't you have to enter box dimensions? I have never, ever, had a shipment that they were not necessary to include as that determines if dimensional weight or size applies.

From what I have noticed personally, the more boxes that you ship, the better the rate, but again, there are many variables based on the size of the box, the weight and what warehouse (and how far away from your location, that it is shipping to).

I have found, from my own personal experience with the type of items that I send to FBA, that it is better to ship smaller shipments and boxes that don't affect the dimensional weight or size to a close location.

I'm currently testing out using "double walled" and smaller boxes so I can "case pack" smaller shipments and avoid extra charges and have them ship to one warehouse that is close to my location.

Gail



Congratulations for sending out your first shipment. Yes, shipping will be cheaper when you have more weight in your shipment. For my shipments I've seen price breaks at 100#, 200#, 500# and a price jump at 1000#. So I stay under 1000# :).

You don't need a special printer for doing labels. You can just use the same laser printer that you're using to print the packing slip and such. Buy some Avery 5160's (usually Amazon is cheapest for me). You'll spend a tiny bit of time, but you'll save the 20cents/book labeling fee.

Good luck with your next shipment.


SellersToolbox wrote:
Congratulations for sending out your first shipment. Yes, shipping will be cheaper when you have more weight in your shipment. For my shipments I've seen price breaks at 100#, 200#, 500# and a price jump at 1000#. So I stay under 1000# :).

You don't need a special printer for doing labels. You can just use the same laser printer that you're using to print the packing slip and such. Buy some Avery 5160's (usually Amazon is cheapest for me). You'll spend a tiny bit of time, but you'll save the 20cents/book labeling fee.

Good luck with your next shipment.



I haven't run across anyone who has the price sheet for UPS/Amazon shipping. I've stopped looking. Occasionally I'll be annoyed at the cost to ship a small shipment to Amazon, but then I run the numbers through my UPS account, it's much cheaper to go with Amazon. I also remember that by sending to Amazon, we don't have to fulfill the items.

You can tell the personality of your UPS guy (or gal) by their reaction to pickup on a shipment of 980#. Let's just say, our regular UPS guy is great. We get sad when he takes time off. His substitutes aren't always as friendly. Shipments lately have been much smaller, but more frequent.

A shipment can contain multiple boxes. Don't start making another shipment. You want multiple boxes in 1 shipment. That's another way to keep shipping costs down. As long as all your items are going to the same fulfillment center, you can keep adding to the shipment. It doesn't matter how many boxes they go into.

As for the labeling....since you're using a public library...by all means have Amazon label for you. FWIW, the cheap inkjet printers that are always on sale seem to have the highest printing costs because the ink is so expensive. Typically laser printers can print for a fraction of an inkjet. So, if you decide to get a computer and printer. I'd suggest you seriously look at a laser printer. Ours has paid for itself several times over.


SellersToolbox wrote:
... You can tell the personality of your UPS guy (or gal) by their reaction to pickup on a shipment of 980#...

A shipment can contain multiple boxes. Don't start making another shipment. You want multiple boxes in 1 shipment. That's another way to keep shipping costs down. As long as all your items are going to the same fulfillment center, you can keep adding to the shipment. It doesn't matter how many boxes they go into.



SellersToolbox wrote:
...Yes, shipping will be cheaper when you have more weight in your shipment. For my shipments I've seen price breaks at 100#, 200#, 500# and a price jump at 1000#. So I stay under 1000# :).


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