How to Ship Items on eBay: Quick Beginners Guide

Are you a new eBay seller wondering how to ship items on eBay? If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by shipping on eBay, don’t worry! It’s actually a pretty common challenge that a lot of new sellers face. Between packaging an item up securely and choosing between the different shipping options, it does seem a bit daunting.

But this quick article will teach you everything you need to know about how to ship items on eBay from how shipping works, what label printer to use (I love my Munbyn!), and the exact steps to printing a shipping label on eBay.

This post is sponsored by Munbyn, but all opinions are my own.

How does shipping work for eBay sellers?

Shipping is one of the biggest things holding new eBay sellers back from getting started. While it is a little bit confusing at first if you’ve never shipped anything, after you get those first few shipments done, you’ll realize it’s not bad at all!

Setting Up Shipping

While you might assume that you don’t have to think about shipping until after you’ve sold an item, that’s not entirely true. In fact, when listing an item on eBay you need to make some decisions about how you will ship it when it sells.

On this listing page, under the “Shipping” section, you will need to create a shipping policy if you don’t already have one set up. Think of this almost like a template for shipping. Simply put, this is where you’ll decide what kind of shipping you want to offer.

Calculated vs Flat Rate Shipping

Calculated Shipping: When you select this, you provide eBay with the weight and measurements of the item (with its packaging). You’ll also decide on what shipping methods you want to offer. Then eBay calculates the shipping cost for you based on where your buyer lives and the information you provided about the package.

Flat Rate Shipping: This is when everyone pays the same shipping cost no matter where they are, how big the package is, or how much it weighs. You decide how much to charge your buyers for each shipping method. You collect that amount and then it’s up to you to purchase shipping, covering any extra cost or keeping any overage.

Choosing a Shipping Carrier

Selecting the right carrier is crucial because it affects the cost and delivery speed. eBay offers discounted rates with major carriers like USPS, UPS, and FedEx, allowing you to save money and offer competitive shipping prices to your buyers.

For most people, USPS is going to be the easiest option. USPS has a good comparison of the different USPS services on their website.

Buying Shipping Labels

After your item sells, you’ll need to purchase shipping. The most cost-effective way to do this is to buy shipping labels directly through eBay because they offer a highly discounted rate compared to going directly to the post office. Then you simply print them at home. I print with a Munbyn label printer and use their ​​FSC-certified labels (that means the labels are made with responsibly sourced wood fiber). This not only saves you money but also streamlines the shipping process by auto-filling your buyer’s address and tracking information.

Now let’s go a little more in depth on how to pack up your order and print a label.

Preparing Your Package

The types of items you’re selling will determine how to pack your items. For soft goods like clothing, you can often just slip them into a polymailer and send them off. However, if you’re selling larger items, or breakable items, you’ll want to be a bit more mindful of selecting proper packaging.

  1. Choose the right box or envelope: Use a box or padded envelope that fits your item snugly. Too big and your item might bounce around and get damaged. Too small, and it might burst open during shipping. I recommend thinking about what you’ll be packaging the item in when you’re listing an item so you have it ready to go when the time comes instead of frantically looking for the right packaging.
  2. Wrap the item (if needed): If it’s a fragile item or there’s a lot of space in the box, you can wrap it in bubble wrap or packing peanuts to secure it and prevent any damage during transit.
  3. Seal it up: If using a polymailer, they usually have a way to self-seal. However, if you’re packing up a box you’ll want to use strong packaging tape and ensure that all openings are securely taped shut.

Printing Shipping Labels on eBay

Once your item is packed up and ready to go, it’s time to print a shipping label. Ebay’s shipping labels are discounted and always a better deal than going directly to the carrier. Plus printing at home saves you time waiting in line at the post office too.

Do you need a label printer?

While many people start with a standard printer, printing on paper and taping it to their package, I highly recommend investing in a wireless label printer and shipping labels. Once you get to the point where you’re shipping more than one or two packages, it makes things a lot easier and more efficient.

The shipping label printer I use is the Munbyn Real Writer 401 AirPrint (in pink!) It was quick to set up and works off of my WiFi so I don’t even have to plug in my laptop if I’m working in a different room and need to print a label.

Why I recommend this printer:

  1. You can make personalized sticker labels: I’ve been adding an extra touch to my packages with custom thank you labels. These little touches increase customer satisfaction which leads to positive reviews and repeat buyers.
  2. No ink needed: Since it’s a thermal printer, you don’t need to buy ink or toner.
  3. Works with WiFi: No need to hook your computer up and you can print from your phone.
  4. Print quality: It prints with 300dpi resolution, ensuring clear and crisp sticker labels

How to Print a Label on eBay

  1. Log into eBay and navigate to your sold items
  2. Click on “Print Shipping Label” and eBay will lead you through entering package information, then it will come up with several shipping service options with estimates on pricing. You can select the one you want to use.
  3. Buy the label and print! If you have a label printer, you can simply stick it onto your package. If you printed it on paper, you’ll need tape to secure it.

As you can see, while there is a bit of a learning curve to how to ship items on eBay, it’s really not that hard if you have a little guidance. Feel free to save this article to refer back to if you get stuck and once you’ve shipped a few items, it’ll be second nature.

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