If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, it’s no secret that I took on selling items on eBay in the last few months of the year. Well, I sold $972 worth of “stuff”! After fees and shipping I made $577. Those kind of profits are nothing to sneeze at!
I recently had a facebook fan ask me about the “eBay fees”. I’ll admit that when first started selling on eBay I was hugely intimated. Not by the fees, but by the whole shipping thing. “What if I asked too much?” “What if I didn’t ask enough?” “But, I’m not a shipper.” “I don’t even have enough stamps to ship a shirt.” “Do I offer free shipping, or should I charge something?”
I didn’t even own an envelope outside the letter size and I only had two of those left! But as is me, I jumped in head first and started with books. You know so that just in case I was way off base so that I didn’t lose too much.
First of all, I highly recommend buying a scale. The whole food scale that only weighs up to 16 oz ain’t gonna cut it. And the weigh yourself first and then hold the box and weigh yourself and subtract thing ain’t gonna cut it either.
eBay Tip: Buy your scale on eBay. It’s a novel idea, but trust me I didn’t buy mine on eBay and I spent more than $40. Right this very moment there are several shipping scales that weigh over 60 lbs that have $3.25 bids on them and 10 minutes left. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES!
Turns out that eBay makes shipping, err rather figuring out shipping, WAY easy. It was, like, a dream come true. Once you have sold an item and a buyer pays for it, the “action” option in your My eBay dashboard gives you an option to print a shipping label!
When you click on that “print a shipping label” button in your dashboard this box will pop up…
You see that box called “Package Information”?
There is a drop down box below it. Right above that drop down box there is a blue link to “compare shipping rates”. Click on that. When you click on that this box will open…
All of the costs will populate and you can click the one that fits your item. If you’ve promised Priority, choose it. If you’ve picked economy shipping then choose the option that works best. In the example above the First Class Mail option works best (is least expensive) for me.
This window will pop back up.
Voila! Another box will pop up with the shipping label. Print it, tape it to the package and hand it to the postman/woman.
It really is that easy to ship on eBay.