Horntoad said:Libby, for my swap and future swaps I set a limit of 100 packs of seeds. That is the approximate amount of seeds that will fit in a small flat rate box. If the participants pay $6.00 priority mail to send their seed to you and another $6.00 for return postage, then they are paying a total of $12.00 shipping. Assuming seeds cost at least $3.00 per pack, then 100 packs of seeds would be a $300 value for only $12 dollars shipping.
If you don't want to limit the number of seeds picked then set a sliding scale. $6.00 for the first 100 packs picked. If they go over that then they need to add an additional $6.00. If someone goes just slightly over, say 110 packs and you find you can get them all in a small box then you can just refund the extra.
poisondartfrog said:I have sent as many as 500 packs for swaps in flat rate padded envelopes. They are free from the P.O. and easy to use.
Thank you for the suggestion! I am glad you mentioned this, too. Like you, I had set a 100 packet limit on my seed swap to help control for this (and to help prevent excessive 'nabbing'),
Registration will start on 12/15/15. (Tuesday)
Danita said:USPS will even ship packs of the flat-rate, padded envelopes to your house for free.
I've even had someone mail a pair of shoes that I purchased in them (although I wasn't too happy about that.)
They currently cost $6.10 to ship. You'll want to check that the post office doesn't have a scheduled price hike before the end of your swap.
If it were me, I do like Ella and round it up to $7 to cover costs of any extras that I might need to use like packing tape, printer ink, etc. (The envelopes have their own seal, but really stuffed packs may need extra.)
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