As promised, here is how I make shipping labels for international packages. I use the USPS Shipping Assistant®, provided by the United States Postal Service. It can be downloaded from the link and installed onto a Windows system. Unfortunately, it is apparently not available for a Mac.
Since I use this package only for international shipping, I have set the defaults for international first class packages. To set these defaults (on the version that I have), first click “preferences” in the upper right corner of the Shipping Assistant screen.
There will be a series of selections on the left side of the screen. I modified two of the selections: General and International Label.
In the General Preferences window, I set the “open shipping assistant” to “International Shipping Label”. This was the only item that I modified in this window.
I modified quite a number of items in the International window. Most of my packages are under 2 ounces, so I set the default weights accordingly.
- weight – 2 ounces
- service – first class mail international
- container – parcel
- description – craft supplies (that is what the beads are – you decide what your package would be)
- quantity – 1
- item weight – 1 ounce
- contents – commercial sample (changed to merchandise, depending on the package)
After I have set the preferences, every time that I run the Shipping Assistant, the screen will initially look like this:
I then add each item. In the upper right area, there is a section called “Items: Content Detail”. I already showed how I set the default to 1 ounce and “Craft Items”. I enter the value of the item. I ship with the receipt, so this number is the same as the sale value of the items. Click “Add Item” and that is added to the Description. If I ship multiple beads or multiple sets, I add each item separately.
After all of the information has been entered, click on the calculate button. This will show the amount of postage due. It is not necessary to do this right now, you can just click the Print button. I believe that you can save the labels and print a batch of them at a time, but I only do one at a time.
After the label is printed, I cut it, then glue and tape it to the bubble mailer. These labels fit quite nicely on a 000 bubble envelope.
Again, I hope that this helps someone with their shipping!