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USPS Priority Mail versus First Class Mail?
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-21-2011

I am a novice eBayer, but I really enjoy selling items on eBay and working with buyers. I am beginning to sell more items on eBay and need some advice! I usually ship items via USPS Priority Mail and have ordered the free boxes online through the USPS website. I recently sold two items on eBay for $5.99, but to ship them Priority was about the same. I wasn't too happy about that being that I practically made nothing out of those two sales. I notice often that First Class Mail is cheaper by far. Can anyone clarify or give some good advice about FCM? I know there are a lot of experienced eBayers out there and I could really use some guidance as to good about good shipping practices and tips.

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Posts: 92
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
in reply to christinacovo27

It is definitly cheeper to go first class and your items will arive quickly.You can purchase poly bags here on ebay that I think work best and are priced great and dont weigh anything ,but are water proof and have a seal.That is what I use and have had no complaints. As for making some money ( I make most of my shipping 5.95 and explain that printing and packaging are due to shipping prices.

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Posts: 6,806
Registered: ‎05-22-2005
in reply to christinacovo27

To ship via First Class Mail parcel / package / thick envelope...


Your package

*cannot weigh more than 13 ozs.

*must be at least 3/4" inches thick.


If you print your labels online, the cost will range from $1.64 (for 1-3 oz) to $3.28 (for 13 oz).  This includes the cost of DC.


It will be a bit nmore expensive if you pay at your PO, plus you would be expected to pay full price for the DC.

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Posts: 12,382
Registered: ‎03-26-2008
in reply to christinacovo27

Packages under 13 oz can be shipped first class. You need to provide your own package, in this case, a bubble envelope would have been sufficient. In addition, if you are going to ship first class, make sure the listing says first class.

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Posts: 1,046
Registered: ‎03-17-2012
in reply to christinacovo27

If you're going to make any profit on e-Bay,you'll have to calculate the costs of shipping/handling/packaging and e-Bay/PayPal fees into your prices.B-)

Y'all come back now y'hear?
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Posts: 9,977
Registered: ‎05-23-2007
in reply to christinacovo27

I see no point in shipping via priority mail when the item is inexpensive.   You have no point in selling here if you do not make money.   You can ship a small parcel, up to 3 oz, via 1st class mail with delivery confirmation for $1.64.


That is the only method I use unless the item is expensive enough to require signature confirmation. Those I ship via Priority but I no longer offer free shipping for them.


I am speaking of domestic mail only.  International shipping is another thing, but I no longer ship internationally.  Too expensive and too many problems.