Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Endicia for Mac ... Shipping!

by Barbara Lewis

I love my Mac computer, but it can be occasionally frustrating to find that some business solutions software are not compatible with Mac.  Like Stamps. com ... it's only after you buy their scale that they tell you that the program is for Windows!  Then they tell you they don't make refunds!  Buyer beware!

When I was selling only on etsy, Paypal was great.  But when the website opened and people paid by credit card it was a different matter.  I tried Click 'n Ship with USPS but it didn't provide any mailing options other than priority, flat rate and express.  Hey ... what happened to parcel post or mailing a letter!  Perseverance pointed me in the direction of Endicia for Mac. I love this set up!

I bought the Dymo Labelwriter 4XL, which is perfect for printing mailing labels for packages. Here's what the program looks like ... I type, copy and paste, or use my Address Book to enter the address.  Then I select the mailing service.  The scale is attached to the computer via a usb, so, all I have to do is to click "Weigh" and the weight appears.  Click prepare label for shipping and a new page appears with a preview of the mailing label and the shipping costs.  At this point you have a chance to go back and change shipping options if you want to.  Print the peel and stick label and that's all there is to it!



A Mail Log is maintained so later I can search by date or customer name ... to find shipping information.  My life became so much easier with this program.  I highly recommend it!  They also make a Windows version.

5 comments:

SummersStudio said...

Good for you, Barbara! I think shipping and labels, in particular, are one of the more frustrating parts of an online business. Thanks for letting us know about this option.

Patty said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Barbara. I could always use some help in the organization and efficiency department. :-)

Barbara Lewis said...

Patty, They have a department for that? Maybe that's been my problem ... I didn't know about it! LOL

LeAnn, Yeah, I keep plodding along ...

Merry Christmas you two!

MaCarroll Beads said...

Very cool! I thought I was high tech when I learned that I could handle my postage through paypal. What a time saver that was! I was a MAC user way back when and swore that I would never switch....well, the school that I work in uses only PC.... I went to the other side ;o)

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh la la, thanks girlfriend, I'm a Mac girl, and didn't know about this. I've had the same challenges. Happy Holidays, Riki

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