With Canada Post, there are two types of domestic mail:
1. Letter mail: usually for letters (lol not really anymore, just bills and spam), but technically if an envelope fits through a mail slot, and is lightweight, you can send via letter mail. A small, thin box is considered "oversized letter mail." "Oversized letters" are not tracked, and stamps cost about $3, plus the packaging has to be really specific - we need our pieces protected well, but still light and very thin overall. The packaging costs for these shipments is another $3 to $5. We've been mailing this way quite a bit more lately, which is great in savings, but risky for higher priced items, since there is no tracking. It's only happened once in 5 years of WBY that something has gone missing when travelling letter mail, though longer wait times are pretty common lately.
2. On to parcel mail! Woo! The cheapest possible rate with CP tracked parcel mail is about $12 within Canada (eg. Hamilton to Burlington), and the rate goes up the further it's travelling. Rural regions are always more expensive than urban addresses. Our shipping supplies for parcel mail are actually slightly cheaper, since they don't have to fit into such a small opening, but the cost still varies from about $2-$4 per parcel.
Shipping to the US:
There is a USPS drop off service in Hamilton which is awesome, and has meant that tracked shipping to the US is about on par with tracked domestic shipping. USPS is, across the board, much cheaper than CP, if you're in the US and wondering why Canadian makers are so greedy...
So, while this is boring information, it is also a really big part of the biz, especially this year. If the shipping rates seem like a lot on top of your purchase, understand that those costs are totally fixed, and there's just no way around them. And if you're getting "free shipping," make no mistake - someone is paying that shipping.
Got questions? (I know, it's all wildly intriguing.) Send 'em our way!
New in November 2020: orders $100+ ship for free! Use code "OhShip2020" in the checkout. Offer valid for all Canadian and US addresses.
All other countries can use "OhShipWorldwide" for free shipping on orders $150+.