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#1 Mbloes

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 11:31 AM

I manage to lose money on every shipment. I just signed up for UPS and wanted to start shipping with them but they are essentially charging me double what I estimated (and charged) the buyers.

 

Very frustrating.

 

What are your tips for shipping economically?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 11:43 AM

I use USPS when selling via ePain. I use their shipping services and print the label right here at my house. The next morning the mail goes out... easy! USPS First Class Package if 13 ounces or less (except lightweight fragile expensive items - Priority Mail those they're faster and get less package abuse). USPS Priority shipping for all the rest.

 

I usually charge $1 more than the amount to cover packaging and the 13% ePain fees on the shipping amount. I always set the shipping amount as 'fixed' in ePain, and enter the amount I know it is going to cost plus a dollar when creating the listing.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:22 PM

Mike,

 

It all depends on what you are shipping – size, weight – as to what carrier to use.

 

I've been selling on Bay for 16 years.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:30 PM

UPS is way too expensive unless you have access to the highly-discounted rates they grant to companies that ship a lot, like where I worked until Sepember 2012. If you have to pay full rates, they're much more expensive than the rates they'll give a company that ships 100+ packages a day.

 

If you can, ship USPS, especially the flat-rate Priority Mail boxes which can handle suprisingly heavy items if they'll fit into the boxes. Otherwise, USPS First Class package works well, as Charlie said above.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:56 PM

Cheers, gents. Yes, this is all relating to my eBay sales and it looks like their USPS options are pretty economical.
 
My stuff is just all little hobby stuff - no motor blocks or anything
 
Charlie, do you just leave your packages by the mailbox and your postman "knows" to pick them up?
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:50 PM

Use USPS!!!
 
Bring it up and you can check shipping rates at no charge and compare with UPS. It's also a lot faster.
 
I have one very high-end vendor in the midwest who shipped me a box of bodies, more than $16 and took about a week. Other vendors from the same region use USPS, usually less than $10 and two to three days.
 
Also, USPS will give you free boxes, But you do have to sign up (free) and actually use them. And if you do it online, they discount the shipping
 
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:12 PM

I'm not a shipping magnate, but it's usps.com for me also. Not one single problem in many years.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:40 PM

USPS is the cheapest way to go although I just took it in the shorts underestimating the shipping cost for a saltwater fishing rod from LA to Houston. Just no cheap way to ship those. :dash2:


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:58 PM

Depending on how many chassis and how fast they want it, I offer the following on eBay: Free shipping on a single chassis USPS. First Class package is around two bucks. 

 

If they want it fast, it's USPS Preferred small box, 4 lb weight limit - $5.25.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 03:18 PM

Also know the Priority boxes are free from USPS, go online pick your size and number and they will show up in few days.

 

Also if you're shipping in steady volume contact the Sales Office (your local USPS office can get that for you) and discuss better, more economical shipping options.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 05:40 PM

Charlie, do you just leave your packages by the mailbox and your postman "knows" to pick them up?

 
Yes - raise the red flag, put in mailbox if it fits, that's what they do... too easy, convenient, and economical. I've also stacked them by the mailbox with flag up, no sweat. You'll know you got it really bad when you intercept the mail lady a couple hours before she gets to your house for the toy car delivery.
 
I stopped at the post office today. The mail clerk grinned when I said, "Why would people complain about US Mail when for only a few dollars, the mailman will take a small package anywhere in the United States for you in just a few days time?" I still remember sending my first international letter to a penpal in West Germany for a mere 50 cents... priceless! If it weren't for eBay and their USPS deal, the USPS would close many more offices, or deliver five days, not six.

 

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 05:43 PM

I've lived here so long the mail lady and I often chat at the box when she comes to deliver. She'll note my car gone for a few days and ask me where I've been traveling, which I find comforting.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 06:22 PM

USPS is the cheapest way to go although I just took it in the shorts underestimating the shipping cost for a saltwater fishing rod from LA to Houston. Just no cheap way to ship those. :dash2:


Shipping a saltwater fishing rod is cheap when you're sponsored by Penn...
 
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 06:51 PM

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 08:53 PM

Whoever you ship with, just remember: Bubblewrap® is your friend! :D

 

I'm partial to USPS as well. No problems.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:01 PM

The USPS actually makes money on packages, they have to come by your place every day so the packages are gravy. They lose it on letters.

 

They are also now Am@zons largest deliverer.

 

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:27 PM

Bubblewrap is ideal, but Mike, many companies have switched from packing with bubblewrap to using paper because using paper is cheaper.

I used to have a part-time job during the holiday season as a shipper for a catalog company. They shipped articles everywhere via UPS and FedEx, unless they only had a PO box address or the package was going to a foreign country.

This company stopped using bubblewrap about eight years ago when I was still there.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:34 PM

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:09 AM

I have been selling on eBay a long time also and usually just take my stuff to a branch nearby that has very little waiting. I used to use a lot of Priority boxes until the rates went up. I always try to keep shipping as low as possible.

The question I have is what do you guys use to weigh the packages you print out the labels for on PP or eBay, whichever place has the programming where you can do all that at home and use one label on your package to ship out. I had a girl in front of me at the PO a couple weeks ago that had the home-printed labels and I was going to ask her, but she pulled out as I came out of the PO. Guess she saw me coming! I'd like a few more details about using the service and and printing the labels at home.

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 07:44 AM

I use the same digital scale I use to weigh my Retro cars. It reads in ounces as well as grams.
 
To print USPS labels and prepare a home pickup, start HERE, sign up, and follow the directions – it's easy.

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:51 AM

Thanks, Paul, I will try to come up with an appropriate scale and give it a shot.


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:45 PM

Bubblewrap is ideal, but Mike, many companies have switched from packing with bubblewrap to using paper because using paper is cheaper.

 

Bill,

 

Paper is fine for things that aren't too fragile. Most of the stuff I buy online is pottery, and that's why I like to see the seller use Bubblewrap®, although I have received an item wrapped in a hand towel, with duct tape holding everything together!


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