Packaging & Shipping Best Practices?
Hi everyone! I'm a new artist and also new to the site, so I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum. What are your best practices for packaging and shipping your art? I've done some research reading online articles and blogs and am trying to figure out what's the most economical but also safe way to package and ship my art. Based on what I've read so far, here is what I *think* might be a good approach, but please let me know what you think or if you have any other suggestions or different views, I'd greatly appreciate it!
So, a basic plan from what I've read:
- Sell my paintings on my own website (using Wix or Squarespace likely), using PayPal and/or just a standard credit card form for payments.
- Use the weight, dimensions, and client's postal code to get an online estimate from UPS (from what I've read the shipping typically averages out around 10% of the price of the piece of art?).
- Ship with UPS since they sound like the most reliable and best for potential loss/damage claims.
- Buy insurance/tracking for each package.
- Advertise shipping as separate from my painting's price (as opposed to including it in the price and advertising "free shipping" as I've read some artists do?).
- Buy my own packaging supplies from ULine, pack my painting myself to ensure it's thorough.
- Have them double box it at UPS for safety?
- Provide the client with a refund if the shipping estimate was in excess?
Does this sound like a good idea as a set up for a new artist? I'm the most unsure of the last two points above - should I have UPS double box it? And is the refund on the difference of shipping a standard practice? I read that some artists do that.
Thank you so much for reading all of this! I just have so many questions starting out and don't want to charge the wrong amount or package things poorly. Thank you in advance for any and all recommendations, suggestions, or ideas! It's much appreciated.