Prior to the USPS changes in January 2019, some Etsy sellers used PirateShip to save a bit more on Priority Mail labels, because the rates that could be obtained there were slightly less than Etsy’s due to the fact that PirateShip qualified for Commercial Plus rather than Commercial Base. (First Class labels were the same as Etsy since there was not a Plus tier for them.)
In January 2019, the USPS eliminated Commercial Plus, so commercial rates are now the same across the board — with the exception of Priority Mail Cubic Pricing for small packages that weigh 1-20 lbs. (It’s based on outer dimensions.) Etsy doesn’t offer it, and using that option via PirateShip saves money over regular Priority Mail if your package qualifies.
However, there’s one other benefit that’s new but rarely discussed: The ability to save on shipping your international Etsy orders.
PirateShip has an option through the USPS called Simple Export Rate™. It offers the cheapest pricing for shipping international packages that weigh less than 4 pounds. Tracking is available to 45 countries.
Enabling Simple Export Rate™
- Create an account on PirateShip if you haven’t already done so.
- Log in, click the chat icon in the lower right corner, select New Conversation, and ask them to activate Simple Export Rate™.
That rate will be included in calculations and available to select as soon as you receive a reply.
Shipping straight from your Etsy orders
- If you’ve never connected your Etsy account to PirateShip, do that under Settings > Integrations > Connect New Source.
- After you’ve connected them, you will see an Etsy import button in the Ship section of your dashboard.
- When you click that button, the next screen will show all orders that have not yet been shipped.
- Check the box in front of the international order you want to ship and click Get Rates.
- After filling in the shipment details, click Get Rates again to see your options. (The least expensive one will be displayed, but you can click the dropdown to see all of them.)
In my example (a 3 oz. bubble mailer going to Canada), you can see that the PirateShip Simple Export Rate™ offers a savings of more than $2 compared to the First Class commercial rate. And the time in transit is the same.
For other international destinations, the savings on a package of the same weight is more like $3 – 4.
Want to pass along some of the savings to your international customers?
If you use calculated shipping in your Etsy shop, there’s not a straightforward way to do so other than refunding after purchase, unless you happen to have per-item handling charges in your shipping profiles. In that case, you could simply eliminate all or part of the international handling charge. Unfortunately, if you’ve set up your handling charge as a fee in your package preferences, there’s not a way to eliminate it only for international orders.
If you enter fixed shipping costs manually, the adjustment for international orders can be made within the shipping section of each listing.
Have multiple shops? No problem. Follow these steps:
- Connect your first shop via Settings > Integrations > Connect New Source.
- Return to Settings > Integrations and click the Edit button next to Etsy. Change Source Name (“Etsy” by default) to shop #1’s name. This will help you keep your shops straight when you go to import info & print labels.
- Log out of that shop on Etsy and log in to shop #2 so that it’s detected when you go to connect.
- Repeat the steps for as many shops as you have.
- Note: With multiple shops or platforms connected, the Import from Etsy button will change to Import from Integrations, and unshipped orders from all sources will be displayed.