Originally Posted by HadEnuff
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.