on 03-27-2013 08:38 PM
The rates do not match the USPS rates. It has nothing to do with "rounding up" or box dimensions. The USPS rates (the actual rates we have to pay) are higher. I do not buy postage online or print shipping labels at home. I take my packages to the post office and pay cash. I lost $150.00 on shipping in February. You have to just about double the actual weight of the package to get the shipping calculator's rate to be close to what it will be at the post office. I do not offer delivery confirmation, insurance, or anything else that cost extra. I do not charge a handling fee. I package the item as if I was going to mail it and weigh with a digital scale. There are no other factors to consider, The ebay shipping calculator is wrong! All of USPS's rates went up on February 28th, has ebay updated their info since then?
on 03-27-2013 08:48 PM
Yes of course the rates were updated. The info comes from the USPS site. You must be putting in the incorrect weight/dimensions or you are choosing a different shipping method when you get to the PO.
Check your scale maybe it is not correctly calibrated.
on 03-27-2013 08:57 PM
and by the way - every package you ship at the u.s. post office has a delivery confirmation number printed on "print out" they give you when you drop off your packages - that is the delivery confirmation number you have to add by hand to your paid listings - the post office no longer uses the little green tags but the number is on the print out
on 03-27-2013 08:57 PM
The shipping calculator is 100% correct - the only "calculation" is to take the corresponding rate from the USPS rate table based on the information YOU input and add it to any handling cost you enter. If the calculator is not showing the correct rate, it is what you input that is incorrect. Do you think it is correct for millions and millions and millions of sellers but incorrect for just you?
If you will respond back with an example item #, the to and from zipcode, and the weight and package size you entered, we can tell you where you are going wrong.
You can continue to blame eBay and continue to get undesirable results OR you can let us help you to get the same accurate results the rest of us get. The decision is entirely up to you...
on 03-27-2013 08:53 PM
the problem lies in the the fact you are using ebay shipping calculator and then taking it to the post office - ebay calculator gives the ebay discount - if you want to not print your labels on ebay (and get the ebay discount) then you need to use the u.s. post office site to set your shipping charges and those charges will match what you pay at the post office
on 03-27-2013 08:51 PM
the calculator is not wrong, correct info in gets correct info out.---this statement;
There is something wrong with ebay's shipping calculator! The United States Post Office raised all of their rates on January 28, 2013 and the rates quoted by ebay do not match those given by the USPS. Only use ebay's shipping calculator for a rough estimate. I do not want to overcharge anyone, nor can I afford to lose money at the post office, so please email me before you pay for your item, for exact shipping charges to your location.
is not allowed, all a buyer has to pay is what's stated for shipping, you can lower it, but you cannot raise it.....why you are having trouble i don't know, as the calculator updated with the price change.
on 03-27-2013 08:49 PM
eBay's shipping calculator has shown the correct updated rates since they changed on January 27.
When the rates changed, the service known as Parcel Post was split into Standard Post (the retail rate you pay at the Post Office) and Parcel Select (the online rate that you pay when printing your label through eBay) and the eBay shipping calculator now shows only the Parcel Select rate, not the Standard Post rate.
on 08-20-2013 10:38 PM
I had the same exact problem. I compared the costs after i got my package sent back to me. I used the EXACT SAME DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT. Ebay showed me a label that was for $10.37 and USPS showed me a label that was $10.81. I dont understand why they arnt the same!
on 12-09-2013 05:18 PM
on 03-27-2013 09:19 PM
This is a known GIGO problem
on 03-27-2013 08:46 PM
I do not know what the difference is between how you ship & how I ship but...
I weigh the item, put in the correct dimensions of the package and have not lost more than .02 so far....
I offer calculated shipping, via USPS and when I get there ( I do not print labels through ebay yet) I get tracking, it is included in the price and so far... I can not complain.
Is your scale pretty accurate when it comes to the actual weight being shipped?