I ship everything (charms, buttons, pins) in a 5″x7″ bubble mailer and it typically weighs 0.5 oz (always less than 1 oz), but it’s always more than 1/4″ in thickness so they have to ship it as a parcel which costs $13.50 USD. THAT’S A LOT, BUT THEY SAID THAT WAS THE CHEAPEST OPTION since its too bulky to send any cheaper. SO, this whole time I’ve been like I’m so sorry international friends, I have no choice but to charge you this much, so beware! (I charged $14 for shipping bc I’m not tryna rip you guys off)
AND TODAY THIS USPS ANGEL (probably worked there for a long time) TOLD ME THAT IF I JUST USE A BIGGER ENVELOPE and evenly distribute the items to fake a uniform flat look, IT WOULD ONLY COST $5.
SO I just wanted to make this post to help any of you that were having to charge your international orders a butt ton and of course someone selling small items wouldn’t think to get huge envelopes to ship things in (like me lmao)
USPS large envelope specifications: greater than 6.5″ x 11.5″ less than 12″ x 15″ 3/4″ thick and uniformly distributed items (can’t be lumpy)
You can take a piece of cardboard, evenly distribute your buttons or charms, then put one layer of bubble wrap on top of it and put it in an envelope. Just make sure it doesn’t exceed the 3/4″ and be sure you’re faking that flat look!
Also, to my international customers, I am so so sorry that I’ve had to charge you so much and I apologize for not doing my research more thoroughly. I have temporarily changed my shipping costs and will properly adjust them when I’ve gotten a hold of the right shipping materials!!