Today I found out that the post office that’s walking-distance from my apartment is going to be removing its APC (Automatic Postal Center), which is the machine I generally use to send all my packages, so that I can avoid the terrifying lines for the human clerks. I don’t know why they’re removing it, but I do know that it’s not worth my time to wait in the aforementioned lines, especially not now that they’re going to be even longer without the APC.
This means I’m going to have to either take the bus or drive to the next-nearest post office, to use their machine. Which means extra expenses for bus tickets and/or gas, which…will probably end up getting passed on to my customers. Right now I’m thinking it may be easiest to raise my shipping charges (which I’ve kept as low as possible up until now) but $0.25 or $0.50…but I may instead be recalculating the price structure for my products.
Meanwhile my dad, who’s a chemical engineer, has come up with what I’m hoping will be a huge improvement on my current system of suspending beads by high temperature wire in order to glaze fire them. More on that when I’ve had a chance to test it out!
Lots and lots of new shops have been added to the Handmade Supplies Resource. Woohoo!