On Tuesday I talked about how I finally signed up for Direct Checkout (DC) with Etsy. I was hesitant at first, but am loving it so far. One of the best things I found so far is the shipping labels! You don't have to be signed up for DC to use Etsy's shipping labels, but until I signed up, I was doing things the way I had always known how...through Paypal.
Well, yesterday I shipped my first item that was paid for using DC. At first I thought it was a pain because I was already logged into my Paypal account, but their purchase wasn't there. So I was forced to use Etsy's shipping. Boy am I glad I did!
First, I must say that I love that the labels have Etsy printed on them :) Paypal's labels say eBay on them and I've always hated that.
Second...I can now print First Class International shipping labels ONLINE! This was seriously the highlight of my week...maybe my whole month! I make so many trips to the post office because of international packages.Now that I can print them online, my awesome mailman will pick them up for me...woohoo!
There were only two things that I found to be a draw back to printing labels with Etsy, both of which are only minor issues. At first, I couldn't find where to print my label. It told me it was paid for, but brought me back to the invoice page. I'm used to Paypal's popup window showing my label. After I scrolled down the page, I easily found the link and was on my way. No biggie, but I thought I'd let others know who are new to Etsy labels.
The second issue was having to pay my bill before I could print my label. I originally thought I would have to pay my bill each time it reached $25, but I was happy to find out I didn't have to pay my bill until it reached $100. (I think this is different for every seller based on their activity.) It's nearing the end of the month, so my bill was getting high. Most of the time this won't be an issue.
Have you used Etsy's shipping labels yet? What are your thoughts?