I'd like to sell my framed/matted prints on eBay this holiday season but I can't figure out how to ship the prints to buyers without it costing a fortune in shipping fees. Most of my photos are either 16x20" or 11x14" and when I've shipped these in the past it usually has cost between $35.00 and $60.00 using standard shipping methods through UPS. I've checked with FedEx and USPS and their prices have been more or less the same.
What I can't understand is how other sellers are able to charge so much less for shipping and still make a profit; I've looked through other eBay auctions for similarly sized framed prints and the majority of them charge a flat rate of only $9.99 or around that price. If I could fit my prints into the flat rate boxes offered by UPS/FedEx then I could lower the shipping cost dramatically, but none of them are the right dimensions to hold my prints. Instead, in order to ship them I'll have to look through my attic for a spare box big enough to put the framed print in and then an even larger box to put that box inside (with layers of bubble wrap between) so that the glass doesn't break during the shipment and the *minimum* cost of sending the package usually ends up being about 40 or 50 dollars (more if the buyer is further away geographically).
I can't expect people to purchase my prints if I'm charging $30 - 60 more in shipping than other sellers and I can't add the shipping cost into my purchase price and offer "free shipping" either since that would raise my item's prices up significantly higher than those of other sellers as well. So what's the secret here? How can I sell and ship my framed photos at a reasonable price and still make a profit?