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Posted on For those with experience in selling online, Question about shipping???

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Terry Mobley

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 01:19 AM

Hey partner,

I do a good deal of selling online, just a few tips….

1. The magic number for the United States Postal Service is 108”, combined dimensions, add lenght + height + width, if it is less than 108 you can ship via USPS. As long as you measure your box, and weigh it, the ebay shipping calculator will be spot on. For smaller stuff I recommend you get a shipping scale, they are very expensive at any store I have found around here… but I got one on Ebay for 17.99 with free shipping and have been using it for years. I print all my labels at the house, when I first started I just printed them on regular paper, cut on the dotted line, and taped em to the box. Now I have a label printer, but either method works just fine. I have not done any selling on Amazon, but Ebay offers discounted shipping if you buy/print your labels online…

2. I have found that undercutting isn’t always the best plan, for example if the going rate for your curtain rods is 18-23 bucks… sell them for 18-23 bucks.

3. I have shipped large items a few times using, it worked well for me, ymmv.

-- My fingers were a little bit too long anyway...

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