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on 07-09-2012 06:38 AM
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.
on 07-09-2012 06:47 AM
To ship via First Class Mail parcel / package / thick envelope...
*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.
on 07-09-2012 06:44 AM
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.
on 07-09-2012 08:48 AM
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.
on 07-09-2012 08:30 AM
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-)
on 07-09-2012 06:46 AM
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.