Giving eBay a Go

I remain one of the few U.S. residents to have never sold anything on eBay. This is about to end.

I'm hoping for a few tips on shipping. I know how to properly protect and ship for an eBay buyer but I'm curious if there's anything special that should be done for shipping labels and if it's critical for seller protection to get tracking with all packages. I'm certainly assuming it is.

Anything else you think I should know?

I appreciate any and all tips.

Meanwhile, I listed last night some 2013 cards available for trade. Take a look at the end of the post if you are in the market and missed it.



  1. I highly suggest using Delivery Confirmation, and sending the number to the winner. That way you both can track the package.

    Also, when I sold something over $50, I'd buy the insurance just for the piece of mind. For me, eBay Customer Service wasn't always working in my favor.

    Good luck!

  2. You can print the shipping directly off of ebay. Under the "My Ebay: Selling" page, once you have received payment, it will allow you to print a shipping label. This takes the shipping fee directly from your Paypal and also automatically puts a tracking number on it. It also attaches that tracking number to the on-line item, allowing the buyer to know where the item is. It's the easiest way to do it, and it saves me a trip to the post office.

  3. I use the ebay shipping. Ebay charges a final value fee on your shipping anyways. Plus using ebay shipping you get a postal discount and free delivery confirmation that's uploaded to the item and sent to the buyer. Then all you do is print the shipping label and tape it to the bubble mailer. I was skeptical at first, but it beats having to head over to the post office and stand in line with the unwashed masses. I would recommend using a scale if you have one. The first 3 oz are the same price but then prices go up incrementally every oz after that. A food scale works well if you happen to have one and remember to round up to the nearest oz. You can also buy insurance though ebay shipping upto $1000 and it's cheaper than postal insurance. I don't give away feedback anymore either. I got tired of giving feedback after a buyer payed only to never receive any in return. You can't say that in your auction, but I wait till I hear from the seller than leave feedback.

    If you plan to end up selling a lot of stuff I would also recommend buying a supply of bubblemailers. Amazon has some good deals and if you buy in bulk you can get your mailers for about a quarter a piece. I've been thinking about putting an ebay primer together for awhile. Pretty much a casual sellers guide. If you have any other questions feel free to email me.

    1. Oh and I would figure out a combine shipping policy. It always looks good and will encourage buyers to bid on multiple lots in the end saving on shipping supplies.

  4. Thanks everyone. Great information and I appreciate it. eBay shipping sounds pretty good if I decide to keep selling on there.

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out.


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