Ebay Flat Rate Shipping
Today’s eBay beginner tutorial is about how to use the eBay flat rate shipping feature in eBay. This is for those listings that have already been created without it. I have an eBay store so if you don’t, the first steps may be a little bit different for you, but most of the steps will be the same. If you are more visual, you may want to watch the video tutorial located at the bottom of this post.
How Ebay Flat Rate Shipping Can Attract More Customers
Anyone worth their salt knows that eBay is an overcrowded marketplace. Anything that you can think of has already been sold there or is listed as we speak. If the category that you’re listing in is very competitive, a potential buyer will see multiple listings for the exact same item. Their next likely step from there is to click on the listing with the cheapest shipping rate. Offering competitive shipping rates is one way to stand out from the crowd and get more eyes on your items.
Sometimes things are so obvious that they are overlooked, and sometimes a new seller thinks that they know best and chooses to overlook the obvious. I was the latter. Sells have been kind of slow this February, so I decided to experiment with my shipping rates. I started off by putting my “clearance bin” items on flat rate shipping. The results: I made 5 sales from my “clearance bin” within 2 days of changing the listings to flat rate shipping. Why didn’t I do that sooner?! Oh yeah, I forgot, I knew everything and nothing at the same time.
We’re going to start off by going to your listings. Click on your active listings, and then search for the “category” (drop-down menu) that you want to change the shipping for. Once you locate your category, click the radio button next to it and then click the “search” button. It will pull up all of your active items. Next, click on the “edit” drop-down menu and either click “edit all” or “edit selected” if you chose to select only certain items. The page will then refresh. After the page refreshes, click the box above the very first listing and it selects all of your items. The next step is to go to the “edit fields” drop-down menu and click on “shipping domestic”. Flat rate shipping will already be selected by default, so your next step is to choose the shipping method. Under the “services” drop-down menu, choose your desired method of shipping and the cost.
I recommend basing your rate off of the actual shipping cost, and building that cost into the price of your item. Example: You paid $5.00 for your item and you want to make $5.00 profit on it before seller fees. It will cost the buyer $7.25 to get the item shipped. You may then want to set the Ebay flat rate shipping to $3.63 (half the cost), and then tack the $3.63 onto your item for a selling price of $13.63. It’s all psychology! You may also want to use the “each additional” field to encourage buyers to buy more than one item at a time from you. You may charge $0.99 per each additional item in their order in order to do so.
If your item is 16 oz. or less, I recommend shipping via the USPS First Class Package option. If your item is heavier than 16 oz., I recommend shipping via the USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope option if your item will fit in the envelope. Want to get your padded flat rate envelopes for free? Click the following link: How to Start an Online Thrift Store with No Money. I always like to offer free local pickup as an option in case someone from my hometown wants to purchase something from me, then they won’t be put off by the shipping cost.
The Finish Line
After you make your changes, click on “save and close” button. Once you save your changes, you will need to click the “submit changes” button and confirm your changes. You will not be charged again because you are simply just editing previous listings. After you confirm, you will get a message saying that you have successfully submitted your listings. Click ok, and afterwards, you can go to one of the listings and make sure that it updated your changes properly. That’s it!
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