Sunday, June 20, 2004

How to ship your ebay auctions quicker with less expense

If you are new to eBay, I will give you a short and quick explanation of PayPal. eBay purchased this company last year, basically PayPal is a payment service in which you can send or receive payment via email in seconds. PayPal has a multitude of security features, which allow you to have zero fraud risk when you follow them. You don't have to use PayPal for just eBay auctions, I have used this service for hundreds of transactions outside of eBay with no problems. If you haven't signed up yet it is free, check it out at On to the new features, when you receive a payment from a buyer on eBay it will show in your PayPal account with the amount of money you recieved, you will also see a button to the right which states ship.

Upon clicking the button you will be given 2 options for Shipping, United Stated Postal Service (USPS) or United Parcel Service (UPS). In the past I would have had to either cut and paste all the customer information to a label program or to their website, Then I would either go to the post office and wait in line or apply the postage myself, then I would email the customer with tracking info this is all eliminated now.

After I choose the carrier (USPS or UPS) the address information is entered for you. All you need to do is enter the package weight and choose how fast you want the item shipped.

The shipment amount is taken direct from your PayPal account and then you simply print the label to you printer. The program automatically emails your customer with the tracking. Using this method you can save a huge amount of time.

Two other notes, if you use USPS they include free delivery confirmation which is 45 cents a package this doesn't sound like much but I ship 10 to 20 packages a day, over a month that is about $200 to $300 in savings. Also you are covered by Paypal seller protection of up to $250 if there was any fraud involved.


Blogger Dan Sherman said...

I like the auto addressing feature as well.. however, they charge you a premium for using this feature. I can't remember how much, but it offsets the savings on delivery confirmation to a certain degree.

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