I am working on developing my new online store and I am looking into different Shipping Apps that I can intergrate on Shopify. I narrowed it down to Shipstation and Shippo. I have a few questions that I hope some of you who already used these apps can help me with.
My store will be selling crystalware and glassware such as whiskey sets, wine glasses, vases, gifts, unique decanters, etc. All of these things are fragile and I would like to add an insurance for the shipping. Also, they are heavier than most popular things sold online like apparel and small gifts, which affects the shipping price as well.
I want to know if the carriers shipping prices are the same in both apps, excluding of course the fees that you need to pay to the app itself or you noticed a difference when using either one. I know that Shippo charges 5 cents on an order while Shipstation asks for $25 per month for up to 500 shipments. But what I want to know is this: for example, I am sending two glasses via UPS that weight approximately 6 oz, are the shipping prices shown on the apps going to be the same or there is some difference that you noticed (one offering better prices than the other)? Are there any hidden fees I should be aware of?
Any comment will be greatly appreciated. :)
I know there's no hidden fees with Shippo. The price you pay for your postage, is what you will be billed, plua a nickle. Shippo simply charges a nickle for each label. I've been using them for 2 months now, and that's eaactly what I'm seeing.
But, there may be something else you're not realizing. All of these services that you can purchase shipping labels from: Shippo, Shipstation, Amazon, Stamps.com, Shopify....all charge different rates for their labels. But, Shippo is the only one I've seen that takes advantage of the USPS Cubic program, and passes that on, to us merchants. That alone, blows away the competition, in my book.
Look up "USPS Cubic" in google, and you'll see what that program is. In a nutshell, Shippo qualifies for that program, and therefore they get huge discounts for USPS rates....and they pass that on, to us. Thru Shippo, I'm paying $8 for lables that were costing me $15 from Stamps, or Amazon.
If your shippng boxes are under 20 pounds, and under 1/2 cubic foot (12" x 12" x 6" is 1/2 cubic foot), then Shippo will print out a "cubic" label for USPS postage. I was stunned how much cheaper it was.
I reached out to Shipstation, to see if they offer "cubic" pricing, and they wrote back, explaining that Shipstation basically sits on top of Stamps.com, Shipstation supplies postage that is purchased from Stamps. They wrote:
"Stamps.com does actually support cubic rates, just not the “Cubic” package type.
To use cubic rates with Stamps.com all you need to do is select the appropriate shipping service, “Package” as the package type, and enter the dimensions in ShipStation."
So, I did just that. And from what I'm seeing, they aren't anywhere close to the true "cubic" pricing that Shippo gives.:
Define "great rates" ?
They may be great to you, and that's because you've never looked at the rates you get via Shippo.
The ONLY time I've found that Shopify is cheaper than Shippo, is when mailing something 1st class. In that case, Shopify is a nickle cheaper.
I ship items daily thru Shippo, that cost me between $7-$8 that cost me over $12 thru Shopify.
Indeed, I wish I could do my postage from Shopify, but they are simply behind the times, in trying to negotiate cheaper rates from the carriers out there.
Why don't you trying using another company named 2Ship? I recently switched to 2Ship where I select the shipping method I want to use, which carrier I want and what fits my budget. I love how convenient and easy it is to use 2Ship website. My overall experience with 2Ship has been exceptional. I am very satisfied with their customer service.