This holiday season is unlike the ones before - with a notable part of shopping happening online now, the shipping carriers are facing a busy and challenging time.
To keep things running as smoothly as possible, all major US shipping carriers are applying temporary shipping surcharges during the holiday peak. This pricks the whole print on demand industry as well, and Printify is no exception. Starting from November 5 until December 27, a $0.24 surcharge is to be expected for all Printify orders shipped within the US. We settled on this number, as the large majority of our orders are shipped under the shipping profile that faces the increase of $0.24 per order. To make it easier for you, we are applying this amount flat across all of our US orders.
What does it mean to you, our merchant?
- All orders going from US print providers to US destinations will have the shipping surcharge of $0.24 applied
- The surcharge is applied per order, not per parcel (e.g., it's still $0.24, even if you have several print providers fulfilling a single order)
- You will see the surcharge as an additional position in the billing section of the order details page
How to keep your profit unchanged?
As the shipping surcharge is a temporary matter, we will not include it in the shipping rates of our products.
In order not to decrease your profit, one option is to add a handling/service fee of $0.24 on your Sales Platform, in case it offers the option to do so.
The other, more manual way (but one that has less of an impact on your customer's mindset when they're at the check-out), would be to slightly increase the prices of your products.
There is no easy way to adjust to this temporary change to absolute precision, so our best recommendation is for you to draw up some rough cost estimates and find a robust way to balance out the costs and the income.
To find out more about the reasoning behind holiday shipping surcharges, get familiar with some of the original sources: