Shipping is not free

shipping...no one wants to pay for it, no one wants to talk about it.  but do you know how much it costs a small business to ship packages? before I got in the retail business, I had no idea either, but it's shockingly expensive, and rates just increased again this year.  

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to keep slowre afloat and providing the service i provide, i need to start charging for shipping.  i know it sucks, but i can no longer afford to offer free shipping, and believe me, I have tried EVERYTHING to be able to do that for you!  I really wanted to make it work.  I am not amazon.
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i tried adding a fee to each item to cover shipping, but since I work with consignors, accounting was a nightmare, and i also felt a little icky doing that; i didn't really like pricing things higher than i wanted to.     
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starting now, standard shipping is one flat rate.  
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but to offset that, i have DECREASED the price of the items i had to add fees to to cover shipping.  oh, and i marked a ton of items down for clearance too :)
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it's all about balance, i think, and i am only trying to do the right thing to keep slowre in business.  i'm not trying to become a millionaire here, just keep my little passion going for as long as possible.  thank you for bearing with me through all the trials and tribulations 
January 31, 2018