Friday, September 12, 2014

Beginners Guide to Using Ebay Shipping 9.12.2014 by Blondie's Boutique

This is a guide to help new sellers learn the most basic steps of using the eBay shipping program.
Now that your item is sold, how do you ship?  Well hopefully, you weighed and estimated delivery accurately before you listed your item.  That doesn't always happen, even with experienced sellers (like me).  I have learned enough over the past few months to get by.  When I offered to help a friend ship an item she had just sold I thought this would be a good opportunity to share this basic information.  This post is not for experienced sellers.  It is for those who have never shipped anything before; or have not shipped anything in a very long time.

Things you need:
Computer paper
Printer (with ink)

You should already have a Paypal account set up for ebay shipping to retrieve funds from.  If not; STOP, go back and take care of that first.


STEP ONE:  Once you have received notification that your item has been sold, look to the right of your "Awaiting Shipment" screen and select "Print Shipping Label"

STEP TWO:  You should see a screen similar to the one below.  You can choose which shipper you want to use; but that should have been done prior to listing your product.  Sometimes you can decide to upgrade if it is less expensive and you and your buyer has not specified exactly what shipper you will use.

STEP THREE:  After you have selected your carrier, you need to select the level of service you have previously determined, or as in my case I often upgrade to a higher level of service at no additional expense to my buyer.  i.e. if I have offered FREE Economy Shipping, and my item weighs 13 ounces or less; I ship USPS First Class Mail.  This server usually arrives to your buyer in 2 - 5 days (as shown in the picture below.

STEP FOUR:  You can choose the total weight of your item.  In this case my item weighed 7.2 lbs; so of course I rounded up to prevent any additional charges to my buyer.  In the diagram below you can see to the right, that my postage cost calculated to be $3.22.  My ebay discount of 20% was applied and the total amount due to ebay shipping is $2.59.

STEP FIVE:  Select the date you want to ship your package.  I often print my labels the night before, and after a certain hour, the mail date will indicate so.  If not, I can choose to mail "tomorrow" as shown in the picture below.

STEP SIX:  Get ready to purchase your postage.  Before you click that purchase button, decide whether you want the postage to display on the label.  I personally choose not to.  This allows me the flexibility of using any discounted funds for my overall shipping and handling expenses.  Example:  I purchase some of my supplies (i.e. poly bags, paper, ink, gas etc.)  This variance helps to keep me in business.  You can choose to keep those funds or to refund the difference to your buyer.  That is totally up to you.  In this case the difference paid to me vs paid for actual shipping is $1.06.  Ebay charges a percentage of your postage as a final value fee.  In most cases that's 10%. So I will pay approximately $0.37 in FVF; making the real variance about only $0.69.

STEP SEVEN:  Once you have selected "Purchase postage" you should see a screen similar to the one below.

STEP EIGHT:  Now its time to print your shipping label and packing slip.  See the instructions in the picture below.

STEP NINE:  Computers and printers vary, but I see the same basic print screen all of the time.
Select "Print" when you are ready.  

There are different opinions about whether to include a packing slip with the order.  I almost always include a packing slip.  In my opinion that shows professionalism.  I also consider the fact that there may come a time when the shipping label is not legible.  How would the post office know where to send it or return it if there is no packing slip included.  I'm just sayin'.


And, there you have it.  A very basic, beginners guide to using ebay's shipping label program.  I'm sure there are many other blog posts, youtube videos, and such providing equal or better instructions.

So, this is just my little way of trying to help newcomers.  Good luck, and I welcome your comments.

Warm Regards,