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What and how is the cheapest way to ship the items I Sell on ebay?

November 6th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I just started selling items on ebay. The last few items that I shipped have been light weighted and the shipping is about $10.00… I think it is way too much money. Especially if I will be shipping constantly. Is it because of the size of the box? Please Help.

Figuring out the most economical shipping methods for your eBay sales can be complicated. Here’s a few rules of thumb. For books, CDs, DVDs, etc., use USPS Media Mail – you can ship a 10 pound box of books for under $6! For non-media items under about 5 pounds and not oddly shaped, USPS Parcel Post is generally the cheapest. For heavier items, UPS becomes competitive, especially if you purchase through Paypal.

Here’s an article with additional tips and more detail: http://www.ehow.com/how_4799738_pitfalls-made-new-ebay-sellers.html

  1. Moonsong
    November 6th, 2012 at 09:20 | #1

    The US Post Office is still the cheapest by far. Check out the rates they can offer for different packaging and different delivery schedules. Good luck!
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  2. Stephanie
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:08 | #2

    Usually if its really small stuff its going to be cheaper if you send it just by regular mail. Bigger stuff you should probably ship out UPS or FedEx. I’m sorry to tell you but now-a-days things are little more expensive to ship because of all the internet mail. What you should do is take that item your selling to a UPS store or the mail and have them estimate the cost of shipping and put that on your ebay page when you sell that item, that why you get that extra money to ship the item also. $10 really is not that much money.
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  3. bl
    November 6th, 2012 at 10:50 | #3

    If you are in the US, then USPS is the way to go…same for if you are shipping to Canada from the US.
    If you are in Canada, then Canada Post is cheaper than courier companies.
    Remember, weigh your item and charge your buyers exact shipping…or tack on a $1.00 fee or so to cover your packaging, gas, etc. but mention that in your auction if you do.
    Best of luck!
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    Ebaying for 5 years!!

  4. Robbie L
    November 6th, 2012 at 11:07 | #4

    Figuring out the most economical shipping methods for your eBay sales can be complicated. Here’s a few rules of thumb. For books, CDs, DVDs, etc., use USPS Media Mail – you can ship a 10 pound box of books for under $6! For non-media items under about 5 pounds and not oddly shaped, USPS Parcel Post is generally the cheapest. For heavier items, UPS becomes competitive, especially if you purchase through Paypal.

    Here’s an article with additional tips and more detail: http://www.ehow.com/how_4799738_pitfalls-made-new-ebay-sellers.html
    References :
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4799738_pitfalls-made-new-ebay-sellers.html

  5. Emil G
    November 6th, 2012 at 11:32 | #5

    I bought a scale for my shipping needs. I use mostly priority mail since Ebay offers the boxes for free
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    Ebay seller/ buyer for 1 year.

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