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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:07:56 AM EST
I am looking at selling something that is kind of heavy/bulky and wondering about which shipping company/USPS I should go with & hot to handle the price. I was thinking you just go to the UPS store and get a quote for ground shipping to the buyer's location after someone wins the auction but at that point the person has already paid. The item is a empty 15lb. CO2 extinguisher.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:09:37 AM EST
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try the ups website you can get a good idea about the shipping costs, i think it will vary by location.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:11:31 AM EST
What are the dimensions?

Do you do a lot of selling on ebay? I did myself a favor and got an electronic postal scale on amazon for about $25 bucks. Before I list an item, I'll get it all boxed up, but without the tape, then I'll add the dimensions/weight to the ad so that depending on the buyer's location, shipping will automatically be calculated depending on the service/method you choose.

That way, you don't list it flat fee of $10 bucks and the guy ends up being on the other side of the US and you're out extra for shipping.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:13:26 AM EST
Ebay expert and postal worker here.....

If it's big or heavy. UPS

Fedex is awesome for big stuff. They let you ship without a box. Car hood, door, bumber, skis. They just slap a label.

You can do USPS parcel post. it just takes forever to get there.

You can get multiple quotes and then adjust the shipping charge on the invoice.

When I sell something big I specify "Buyer pays actual shipping via carrier of your choice"

Anything else, just ask.

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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:20:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Laramie:
What are the dimensions?

Do you do a lot of selling on ebay? I did myself a favor and got an electronic postal scale on amazon for about $25 bucks. Before I list an item, I'll get it all boxed up, but without the tape, then I'll add the dimensions/weight to the ad so that depending on the buyer's location, shipping will automatically be calculated depending on the service/method you choose.

That way, you don't list it flat fee of $10 bucks and the guy ends up being on the other side of the US and you're out extra for shipping.


No I have only sold a few things. I used flat rate boxs most of the time so the shipping calculations are new to me. How do you add/do the part in blue?

The item is about 30"x10"x8".

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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:22:33 AM EST
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Ebay expert and postal worker here.....

If it's big or heavy. UPS

Fedex is awesome for big stuff. They let you ship without a box. Car hood, door, bumber, skis. They just slap a label.

You can do USPS parcel post. it just takes forever to get there.

You can get multiple quotes and then adjust the shipping charge on the invoice.

When I sell something big I specify "Buyer pays actual shipping via carrier of your choice"

Anything else, just ask.

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So after they win the item I can add in the shipping cost? I thought they could just pay for it right when they won or is there a way to make the buyer wait to make payment till I add in the shipping for their location?
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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:33:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Laramie:
What are the dimensions?

Do you do a lot of selling on ebay? I did myself a favor and got an electronic postal scale on amazon for about $25 bucks. Before I list an item, I'll get it all boxed up, but without the tape, then I'll add the dimensions/weight to the ad so that depending on the buyer's location, shipping will automatically be calculated depending on the service/method you choose.

That way, you don't list it flat fee of $10 bucks and the guy ends up being on the other side of the US and you're out extra for shipping.


No I have only sold a few things. I used flat rate boxs most of the time so the shipping calculations are new to me. How do you add/do the part in blue?

The item is about 30"x10"x8".


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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:36:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By zoominiroc:
Ebay expert and postal worker here.....

If it's big or heavy. UPS

Fedex is awesome for big stuff. They let you ship without a box. Car hood, door, bumber, skis. They just slap a label.

You can do USPS parcel post. it just takes forever to get there.

You can get multiple quotes and then adjust the shipping charge on the invoice.

When I sell something big I specify "Buyer pays actual shipping via carrier of your choice"

Anything else, just ask.

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So after they win the item I can add in the shipping cost? I thought they could just pay for it right when they won or is there a way to make the buyer wait to make payment till I add in the shipping for their location?

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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:36:54 AM EST
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When you are adding details to the listing page, you can specify all the weight/dimensions. These options are on the main listing page, just below where you specify payment, description, etc.

Bidders will then be able to add their zip code and ebay will automatically quote the shipping. That will then be added to the winning bid.






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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:41:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Laramie:
When you are adding details to the listing page, you can specify all the weight/dimensions. These options are on the main listing page, just below where you specify payment, description, etc.

Bidders will then be able to add their zip code and ebay will automatically quote the shipping. That will then be added to the winning bid.



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Thats easy. Thanks for the help.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:45:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By Laramie:
When you are adding details to the listing page, you can specify all the weight/dimensions. These options are on the main listing page, just below where you specify payment, description, etc.

Bidders will then be able to add their zip code and ebay will automatically quote the shipping. That will then be added to the winning bid.



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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_7V5GdXiua_g/TdQtRMeKX8I/AAAAAAAAA20/bHj3MYkWRFE/s800/Screen%20shot%202011-05-18%20at%202.32.56%20PM.png


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Posted: 5/18/2011 11:51:19 AM EST
I always just guess - erring on MY side of caution, of course. If I think it'll cost around $5 to ship, I will list the shipping price at $7. That's still better than 90% of the guys on ebay who list ridiculous S/H charges. $9.00 to ship a pair of jeans?
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Posted: 5/18/2011 12:13:49 PM EST
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I always just guess - erring on MY side of caution, of course. If I think it'll cost around $5 to ship, I will list the shipping price at $7. That's still better than 90% of the guys on ebay who list ridiculous S/H charges. $9.00 to ship a pair of jeans?


Buying clothing on Ebay seems like it would be a crap shoot unless you are buying a duplicate pair and have already tried them on.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 12:17:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By zoominiroc:
Ebay expert and postal worker here.....

If it's big or heavy. UPS

Fedex is awesome for big stuff. They let you ship without a box. Car hood, door, bumber, skis. They just slap a label.

You can do USPS parcel post. it just takes forever to get there.

You can get multiple quotes and then adjust the shipping charge on the invoice.

When I sell something big I specify "Buyer pays actual shipping via carrier of your choice"

Anything else, just ask.

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So after they win the item I can add in the shipping cost? I thought they could just pay for it right when they won or is there a way to make the buyer wait to make payment till I add in the shipping for their location?


Yeah, And if you specify shipping and the buyer wants to use USPS parcel post you can change the shipping charge on the invoice to suit the buyer...
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Posted: 5/18/2011 12:24:15 PM EST
I usually just search and see if others are selling a similar item and what they are asking for shipping.
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Posted: 5/18/2011 12:26:37 PM EST
If at all possible I use USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. If the item won't fit into a flat rate box, I use the UPS website to calculate costs and schedule pickup from my work.
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