HOW TO SELL ON EBAY
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Q: So when you sell an item on ebay and select a shipping method do you go to any postal place and give it to them?
A: You can print and prepay for the item at home, then take it post office and mail it, or print a mailing label and take it post office and pay for shipping there.
Q: What happens if you sell the item, sent it to their home, and they do a charge back and lie about not receiving item when they did? What do you do?
A: All you can do is use tracking to confirm delivery, and hope people are honest. You also have the ebay rating for the person. So hopefully that will vet out who is scamming others.
Q: So if I don't have a printer i can just go to my local post office and ship it there? What information do i need when using this method?
A: You need a mailing label with sender and receiver address. This can be hand written if you want. Then post office will place the postage sticker on the package.
Q: So after purchasing the shipping label, if I go to my local post office, can I just hand it in and no additional costs will apply?
A: Once you purchase that postal label, it's paid for, and you need to stick it on the box, and take it to the post office. It's paid already so you don't pay anymore,. You are just dropping the package off to have it shipped out.
Q: With all the fees and postage, how do you figure asking price to not end up losing money?
A: Your asking price is solely dependent on what other sellers are selling the same item for. If you ask for more than what others are selling at, nobody will buy your item. If you are not comfortable selling it at the market price, then you are better off not selling it.
Q: I am confused when it comes to the shipping cost. You originally set the shipping cost at $9, but once you chose the way you wanted to ship the item it came out to $10 plus. So did the difference come out of your pocket, or did the buyers?
A: Yes, I paid out the difference. When you preset a shipping cost, you really don't know where that winning buyer is located. If that person lives in your state, then shipping is cheap and you can make money on the shipping. But if the person lives across the country, then it can cost a lot. When you preset a postage price in your auction, you have to be prepared for this to happen. Just choose a reasonable shipping rate so it will attract buyers and cover most of your cost. For people that might say...how about charge more for shipping....well be careful as you might price yourself way higher than all the other sellers and never sell your item. My only advice is don't get too hung up on loosing couple dollars on the shipping, if you are able to sell your item, and you made some money, then it's money in your pocket. Versus not selling the item and you made $0.
Q: Do you need to get your own boxes? And also how do you know how much you'll have to charge shipping?
A: Yes you supply your own box, unless you ship using USPS Priority mail, then you use there boxes. As to how much you charge shipping, you can go on USPS and get an estimate. The difficulty is estimating where the winning bidder is from (near you or opposite side of the country which will be higher shipping). You can just charge a flat rate shipping and expect to either pay a few dollars more to ship at the end if the person lives far away. If you charge too much shipping right off the bat, then you risk no one buying it.
Q: Can you use FedEx or any shipping method that you like?
A: You can ship however you like as long as you get it to the buyer in a timely manner. Preferably with tracking information.
Q: So will I have the money in my PayPal account before I purchase the shipping label or do they have to receive it first before I get paid?
A: You don't ship until you get the money deposited in your Paypal. Ebay will also only give you the option to ship after payment has been made by the buyer.
Q: You say you can pick up free boxes at the post office. Are flat rate boxes free or not?
A: Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping is a fixed shipping rate you pay USPS. In order for you to ship using the Flat rate with USPS, you need to use their 'free' boxes which you can pick up for free at USPS. The reason for using their box is they predetermine the size and how much you can fit in it. You can get the flat rate boxes at your post office.
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