Friday, September 12, 2014

TheInspiredTrader Etsy Shop News

New Shipping Tools and Expanded Shipping Routes

Because you deserve nothing less than wonderful, we've added new shipping tools at TheInspiredTrader to ensure you have the best shopping experience with faster, more accurate shipping at a lower cost.

Meet my new best friend in the office, our brand new shipping scale!  The ULRASHIP U-2 will weigh up to 60 pounds and is a little bit of shipping heaven!

ULTRASHIP U-2 60 lb shipping scale

TheInspiredTrader Expands Shipping Routes

 to "Deliver" the Best Service

Introducing International First Class Shipping via the USPS

The really big news is TheInspiredTrader on Etsy now offers International First Class shipping through the USPS for select countries!  With our trusty scale, shipping labels are now purchased online through Etsy (an approved PC Postage vendor).  Our goal is the deliver the best service at the lowest cost!  Of course there are still limitations as to what can be shipped First Class Internationally, such as the package weight limitation of four pounds or less.  And shipments can only be made to countries with a reciprocal agreement with the USPS to provide Delivery Confirmation.  Note:  Orders weighing more than four pounds must ship International Priority.

Here's a list of the countries where we now ship in addition to the US:

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Canada
  4. Croatia
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. Germany
  8. Great Britain
  9. Northern Ireland
  10. Hungary
  11. Israel
  12. Netherlands
  13. New Zealand
  14. Spain
  15. Sweden
  16. Switzerland
*If your country is not on the list, contact me and I'll see what we can work out.

That's not all, we're getting ready to take the next step!  Etsy is engineering and phasing in a robust site wide shipping calculator.  When the finished calculator is brought online we'll be ready to provide a seamless transition and offer you the lowest prices and the best shipping options available on the site.  We are proud to...

Actualize our Commitment to Customer Service

Shipping improvements currently online - a big improvement for your shopping experience:

  • More accurate estimated shipping quotes.
  • Exact shipping quotes available when you provide your shipping information to me pre-sale.
  • Shipping can be easily customized for combined shipping of multiple purchases.
  • Lower shipping costs.
  • Lower insurance costs.
  • Faster service.
While domestic US shipping quotes are still estimated and only apply to the lower 48 states, International shipping quotes are accurate.  When Etsy begins to bring the shipping calculator online, I believe domestic US shipping quotes will be the first to go live.  When that happens we're ready and we'll let you know with an update right here on the blog and our Facebook page.

How To Use Etsy's On-Site Package Tracking Feature


  1. Make sure you are signed into Etsy.
  2. Click on your Avatar Icon and select the Purchases and Reviews link from the drop down menu.
  3. It will bring you to this screen.
  4. Click on the blue Track Package button.

 This screen will pop up.

Normally, once your purchase has shipped you would see that the package was "Shipped", "In Transit", "Out for Delivery" and "Delivered" in the area above the map, with the transit details listed under the map.  I'm sure Etsy is working on a fix for this issue.  When asked about the status of this feature, 

Etsy Admin Matt Quirk said, "The best information will be at the USPS site."  

If you question the accuracy of what you see in the Etsy Tracking screen, you can copy the Tracking number and paste it in the Tracking number box located on the home page of the USPS web site.  Once the number is entered you will get a pop-up screen like this with the status.

Above is a screen shot of the same package as viewed in the Tracking feature on the USPS web site.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I'll help in any way possible.

Remember, I'm in the process of adding the new information and ship to countries to my listings.  If you don't see the information listed in the listing your interested in purchasing, just drop a line and I'll quickly give you a quote!

While we're talking about shipping, did you know I offer gift wrapping at no charge?  I do, I do!  Take a look at these fun packages!  Vintage gifts are a delight because, the best new thing is often something old!

A happy Christmas gift going directly to recipient!

Who wouldn't want to get this Birthday package in the mail!

We are excited about the fantastic shipping improvements Etsy is making and we are positioning our shop to give you the best shipping and customer service.  We want to make your online vintage shopping experience fun and fast because, You deserve nothing less than WONDERFUL!