Many times you will buy items from several websites and receive them at your Shipito suite in close proximity. Depending on the size and weight it could cost you $20 USD or more to ship each package but if you combine the packages then the shipping is less. Below are some Do’s and Don’t’s to help you with your consolidation to save money.
Often referred to as the DIM factor, dimensional weight is the weight class of a package that also takes into account the size of a package. This is often a misunderstood aspect of shipping. Take for example a sleeping pillow. Pillows do not weigh much so one would think they are inexpensive to ship. The problem lies in the dimensions. The pillow may weigh only 1 lb. but the dimensions are W 16 x L 27 x H 6. The dimensions of the pillow cause it to be charge at 15.61 lb weight with several carriers to Australia. In order to keep weight and dimensions inline best package sizes are W 10 x L 10 x H 2 inches or W 6 x L 6 x H 6 inches.
Below is an example of how you could save money by combining two packages.
Package 1 is a dress weighing 3 lbs in an box that is W12”Lx16”Hx3” inches going to Sydney Australia would cost about $35 USD to ship.
Package 2 is a pair of shoes also weighing 3 lbs in a box that is W10”x L4”x H4” inches. That would cost about $32 USD to ship.
Now we are going to combine the packages paying $3 USD each to combine and removing the outside packaging.
The new package weighs 6lbs and the dimensions are W12”xL16”xH7” inches and cost $53 USD to ship plus the $6 USD for combining, saving $8 USD!
There may even be a way to put the items in a smaller box saving even more. We wont know until we try. Overall though consolidation can save a lot of money as long as the items are not too large or heavy.