Shipping in my store is pretty straightforward: every item is assigned a shipping class, each shipping class is assigned a cost based on its destination, and each shipping class is only charged once per order!
Shipping class: a category that determines how much you are charged for shipping
Destination: where the item is being shipped to, AKA your address
Shipping classes are as follows
Books: contains all the books in my store
Bulky items: contains skirts, scarves, journals/sketchbooks, and will contain other apparel added in the future
Flat items: 8.5×11″ prints and print sets, prints smaller than 8.5×11″, zipper bags, sticker sheets
Large prints: currently empty
Small items: contains patches, enamel pins, microfiber cloths, and acrylic charms/keychains
How does this affect you? For orders placed in the U.S. it doesn’t really matter– shipping is pretty low. But for orders placed outside the U.S. this can make a huge difference!
Let’s say you want to order some merch, but you want to save as much on shipping as possible. If you order items from only one shipping class, you’ll pay the least in shipping! If you order two or more skirts, you will only be charged for the bulky items shipping class one time. If you order a patch, pin, and acrylic charm, you will only be charged for the small items shipping class once. I’ve had several group orders placed to Europe and Canada where a bunch of friends split the cost of the shipping class and all ordered something within the same shipping class!
I still cannot do anything about customs fees, import taxes, or VAT. But I can try and save you a little money on your shipping class!