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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎12-18-2012
First time selling..how do I weigh my package at home before I print my shipping label and take to post office???

How do I weigh my package at home before I print my shipping label.??


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Community Member
Posts: 615
Registered: ‎03-24-2003
in reply to dwash77

The items you just sold you will need to take to the post office. Box them up and bring them in so they can be properly weighed and proper postage affixed. I hope you realize expedited shipping on those shoes are going to be about $10 each so you aren't going to make much to start off your career.


Next thing you do, before you list anything else, is buy a digital scale. You can get them on eBay. Type in "digital scale shipping" and you will see quite a few at all different prices. You can get them dirt cheap if you bid and wait it out or pick one up Buy it Now for $15 - $20 so you can get rolling.


Next, I send this to all new sellers. Do yourself a favor and learn before you leap again.

Start reading up on buyer/seller protections and best practices. Also read post after post on these boards, you will learn a lot. Just a few pages to get you started.






And do yourself a favor, buy some small items to build your feedback and sell some small items before jumping into iPods and expensive items that you can take a bad burn on. Your "newbie" status is like a magnet to scammers.

Good Luck


Treat every customer like they are your best friend & treat every package like it's fine china.
Community Member
Posts: 3,241
Registered: ‎08-31-2004
in reply to dwash77

You probably want to have that info before you list the item

and use the calculated shipper on the listing. You will need

weight and size of the package.


Depending on how heavy is it?

You will need an accurate scale. 

You can buy them at your local office supply or 

probably Big Box store.


Measure your package also.

Go to USPS website, enter your info into the calculator

and you get the cost of shipping.


Community Member
Posts: 12,574
Registered: ‎01-08-2007
in reply to dwash77

If you don't yet have a scale, there are a couple of different ways to weigh your item.  You can lug it down to the P.O. before you list and weigh it or you can hold it and stand on your bathroom scale with and without the package (if it's a large pkg.).  Then make sure you round it up for extra precaution.