eBay Product Shipping
After you have picked your niche, set the price, listed the items, and sold an item there’s only one thing left to do, ship the product to its new owner. The shipping costs and method needs to be determined prior to listing an item on eBay for best results. Not selecting a method or forgetting to ask for shipping and handling costs can kill your profit.
In addition to shipping the item it is a good ideal to package the item well and insure it so that the customer is happy with the condition of the product when it arrives at their location.
Considerations for Shipping
Selecting a shipping method involves some considerations. The weight of the product is important. If the product weights less than 25 lbs, the US Postal Service or UPS can be used for simple delivery. Both offer many features that will help you deliver a great product in good condition.
When you are shipping multiple items, it makes sense to purchase shipping materials in bulk and only make one trip to the postal office.
Calculating the shipping costs can also be tricky. A fixed price is often used and is the simplest method. The other option is calculating the costs using a rate calculator provided by eBay. The calculator will be available to the bidders so they can compute the costs prior to bidding. Free shipping can be an enticing offer that might create additional interest in your items.
The Best Method
eBay makes suggestions for shipping to it’s members but you can decide on any method you desire. The most popular methods are UPS, UPSP, FedEx or DHL. Bulky or odd shape items are best delivered by FedEx Ground.
Packaging supplies and your time to ship the items should be considered in the handling fee. Using bubble wrap and packing peanuts is a good ideal but can increase the costs slightly. For starters, letting UPS package your item at one of their stores can help in ensuring it arrives safely. Leave nothing to chance when it comes to shipping and paying for shipping.