As a part time ‘hobby’ business, we can’t dedicate ourselves 24×7 to this niche shop – but we do our very best. Ultimately we try to dispatch things as quickly as we can, but also fitting it around our already busy lives.
As a small business, our shipping has to be realistic, and as we charge our individual items at a fair rate, our profit margins are relatively low. Therefore we do not offer a free delivery threshold. It just doesn’t work out very fair that way – especially for international customers. We do offer a one off postage charge though – i.e. however much you order, you’ll pay only the highest individual shipping amount.
In order to maintain competitiveness, we have a huge range of different shipping fees – from Large Letter <100g Unsigned, to Small Parcel <750g Signed and Insured up to £250. Everything is available to UK domestic, Europe and worldwide – with only the usual sanctioned countries excluded.
How do We Calculate Our Shipping?
It’s a pretty simple and, we think, fair formula. Quite simply, we take Royal Mail base charge for the required service. We add on 50p for packaging, and then the Paypal fees for that shipping charge – relative to the part of the world you are ordering from. Then we just round to the nearest 5p.
For something like a UK Small Parcels Signed For service, the Royal Mail base charge is £4.00. We add on 50p for the packaging, then 2.9% Paypal fees – which comes to £4.6305. Rounding that up, our charge to you is £4.65.
The same formula is used all the way up to a Worldwide Small Parcel <750g Signed For and Insured to £250, where the Royal Mail base charge is £19.00. Adding on the 50p packaging, then 4.9% Paypal fees (it’s more expensive to accept cross-border transactions), that comes to £20.455 – which we round to £20.45.
We think that’s really fair, and we hope that given our explanation, you will too.