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Etsy Adds International Shipping Labels

New feature requires sellers to offer direct checkout.

U.S. Etsy sellers who ship internationally will soon be able to print shipping labels for their international shipments without leaving the site.

That’s because Etsy recently launched U.S. Postal Service international shipping labels, writes Nicholas Cook, Etsy’s engineering lead for shipping labels. He notes that the feature will be released gradually, and will be available to all U.S. Etsy sellers enrolled in shipping labels in the next few weeks.

With the new feature, Etsy sellers will be able to print USPS shipping labels for international addresses, U.S. territories and military addresses, he adds.

Eric Fixler, Etsy’s engineering director, says that to use the new shipping label feature, sellers must offer direct checkout, a service that allows buyers to pay for items using credit cards without leaving Etsy.

He notes that while it is reasonable for sellers to wonder why direct checkout is a requirement, direct checkout and shipping labels are both part of Etsy’s infrastructure.

“They share functionality pertaining to fraud prevention and risk management. We can’t offer these features without robust fraud detection and prevention tools, so we are currently only able to offer shipping labels if you accept direct checkout,” he continues.

Fixler says Etsy staff is considering whether it will offer the feature to Etsy sellers who don’t offer direct checkout in the future.

Cook adds that printing international shipping labels is very similar to printing domestic labels in Etsy, but sellers must enter the weight of each items, and the overall package.

Etsy sellers seem to be excited about the addition. Laura Haggarty, the owner of KatyDidsCards, reports she was using Stamps.com to print shipping labels for her international sales.

“Now I don’t have to,” she writes.

Elisse Thomas, owner of Elise Thomas Designs, adds “bring on the international buyers.”

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Olga Munoz
Olga Munoz is editor of TheOnlineSeller.com. In addition to writing news and feature articles about e-commerce, selling trends, online marketing and other topics of interest to online sellers, Olga manages the site's social media efforts. A journalism graduate of Chico State, Olga says her favorite part of being a journalist is learning interesting facts that help put stories into perspective, attending industry events and meeting interesting people "that leave you smiling, even in tough situations." Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.



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