We were very surprised to learn about the cost for shipping the Ripple Rug.
We would like to share with you how the costs for shipping were calculated.
We took a prototype to our local post office (USPS). The lovely lady working there not only weighed the Ripple Rug, but she also suggested appropriate sized packaging for shipping. We were somewhat surprised when we told how much it would cost to send.
As a small-fish, we don’t have large enough shipping numbers to benefit from preferential pricing offered for bulk. We also looked into FedEx and UPS, and their prices are much higher, so sadly they were not the option we hoped they might be.
When folded, the Ripple Rug measured approx. 20 x 15 x 5 inches. Packing boxes have to be slightly larger to accommodate the Rug. The rug weighs around 5lbs all in. The bottom rug is a non-slip coating and this makes up the majority of the weight. Imagine the rubber non-slip surface on the bottom of a bathroom rug; it does weigh the rug down, (but that prevents it from slipping).
We have to purchase the boxes for shipping and also have to pay staff at a fulfillment center to pack and ship these for us. Everything adds up quickly. It’s amazing how many costs creep into something as simple as packing, postage and shipping.
Many Kickstarter projects build the shipping costs into the pledge. In order to be transparent about the costs for postage and packing, we put the shipping separately so as to show our true costs.
We discovered that shipping a fairly large package, weighing a few pounds, is costly for a small business like ours.
Our goal is to ensure that, any extra funds made, will be reinvested into further product development and manufacture of the Ripple Rug. We want to produce the best possible cat-toy and be proud of it. We wish that it could be cheaper. It would be great if there was a pricing for start-ups to help them grow and establish themselves.