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Old 12-30-2016, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question for eBay sellers: shipping costs

How do you estimate shipping costs? Is this something you just get a feel for by having done it a lot?
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The technique I use is to use actual shipping (the customer inputs their zip code). I usually put a buck or two for handling, which is tacked-on to the actual shipping cost. This is all done when you create your listing. The down-side is that you will need to input an estimate of the weigh the packaged item before you finalized your listing.

Usually I just estimate the weight of box + packaging, and add that to the weight of the item being sold, select some carriers and methods (ie USPS Priority, USPS First Class, UPS Ground, UPS Second Day), add a buck or two for packaging, and let the customer decide which method suits them.
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How do you estimate shipping costs? Is this something you just get a feel for by having done it a lot?
I use two methods, depending on the item (desirability, size, etc,).

One is that I know enough about how much it will cost (UPS estimator) to ship worst case to the furthest place East Coast-to-West Coast, for instance, and then I offer free shipping and set my start price (or reserve) accordingly.

The other is, after getting that same UPS estimate, I charge a fixed flat shipping cost and eat any minimal overage or profit from it being cheaper.

Like I said above, it usually depends on the item which one makes sense for me.
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I pack items for sale and measure the box dimensions and weight. Then I have the buyer pay per the calculated weight. I usually fudge the weight since I have to pay eBay 10% of shipping costs, too. I that find customers will buy just as eagerly if they pay the shipping as opposed to inflating the price and giving free shipping. eBay gives a discount on the shipping, as well, over the calculated shipping cost.
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thanks very much.
Is there an online calculator where you input weight and dimensions of the package?
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USPS.com has a calculator.

UPS and Fedex probably does as well.
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USPS.com has a calculator.

UPS and Fedex probably does as well.
Yup. Paypal also has a calculator and it gives a discount if you print the shipping there.
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For heavy stuff but still it's in a priority flat rate box, I ship that way (buyer pays shipping). Otherwise, I get a box ready with protection (air padding, peanut padding, whatever I need), weigh and measure and list as buy pays actual shipping.
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