But my spirit is still high! (I forgot to mention a very important detail. Remember the napkins I sold on my shop? Well, I underestimated the shipping and ended up paying more than twice as much as what I charged the customer. Well, I ate that cost and chalked it up to experience.) I still have $100 left from the shipping amount I charged my customer. Now it was time to take it to the bus station! Hubby agreed to go with me (since this was my first time and I didn't know if they would help unload it and I wasn't sure where the bus station was). I opted for the bus station in El Reno, which is a relatively small community. My other choice was the downtown OKC bus station and the mere thought of going there made me urp up a little. No thanks! I don't do the downtown traffic and one-way streets!
Once we get to the downtown area, Hubs is playing tour guide and pointing out all the buildings of downtown and we miss our exit! So two extra miles out of our way we go but I'm not driving so it's okay.
We double back and hit downtown and there is TONS of road construction going on...nice. Then hubby pipes up, "I'm pretty sure the bus station is somewhere in this area." What? You don't know where the bus station is? Okay, full blown panic now! Oh, wait. There is a giant sign that says "BUS". This is good. But wait, it's not the new bus station. But people are standing out front. Maybe we are in the right place. Where do we park? All these thoughts in about 3 seconds. Now you see why I don't like to drive downtown.
Pulse going up, breathing shallow! "That's okay. Let me get you a label." Pulse going back down. Oh, snap! I put the receiver's address where I should have put my address! "I think I messed this up." Breathing is shallow, palms are sweating. "It's okay, I'll go get you another label. It's your first time." Yeah, and maybe my last!
Okay, label is filled out correctly. I hand it over and confirm the receiving bus station. He asks what the package is and how much insurance. He begins typing on the keyboard and this is where I think my breathing stops all together. The moment of truth. How much will it cost. Remember I said I still had $100 left for shipping? Will I come in under the mark? Total to ship to San Fernando, CA - $104. 80. Now I know I'm only over by about $5, which isn't bad, but I still underestimated my shipping. Not to mention it took me a quarter tank of gas.
So I'm 0 for 2 on the shipping thing. But I did learn a lot. If you have never used Greyhound PackageXpress but are considering it, let me tell you what I learned.
- The PackageXpress website is really very user friendly (except they still show El Reno as a shipping location!).
- I weighed my table unwrapped and it came in 9 pounds less than what they weighed it at the station wrapped. I'll just add 9 pounds to my next estimate.
- Be sure to enter the value when you are getting your estimate online. This will make a difference in how much it costs.
- Allow about $10 for a fuel surcharge. This should be about right.
- If you do all of this you should be within just a few dollars of the actual shipping cost.
- The beginning of the month is busier than any other time of the month (that's what the guy at Greyhound told me). This will slow down the delivery of your package (it only gets on board if there is room in cargo after all the passenger's luggage is loaded.) He told me weight makes it slower, too. I don't know why but apparently it does.
I told my husband that he is officially hired as my shipping and receiving guy! If he can't take me and my furniture to the bus station, we don't go that day!