Noob question about shipping

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  1. Sythix

    Sythix Supreme Member

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    I have a product that I'm going to be selling on ebay. This product can easily fit into a normal 3 1/2" x 6" envelope, which is what I plan to use. However, I would like to add tracking to all of these "letters" I ship out. I have done some research and it seems it will be about $1.05 extra if I go to the post office, or like $0.23 or something if I do it online. Naturally, I would like to go the cheaper option. I have never used ebays print shipping labels, I always went down to the post office and had them do it... but for this certain product, I think I will begin doing that. Anyway.. my question is, if I am printing out these shipping labels, would I still need to put a stamp on the envelope? Considering I would already be paying for the label, and adding tracking... it seems kind of redundant to put a 49 cent stamp on top of all it. I am starting to do the math and it is chipping away at my income margins, as my product is in the $2-5 range... so I would like to save every penny I can if possible.

    Any suggestions, and do you know if I would still need a stamp?

    Thanks much.
     
  2. toml3030

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    If you paid for the label ($1.93 for 3oz) that covers your postage AND tracking. If you didn't pay for the label, then yes, yo do need to put a stamp on them. For $2-$5 item I would guess you would just go cheap shipping and just eat the cost of buyers scamming you once in a while.
     
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    I've considered doing that and running the risk of being scammed and "eating the cost", but I've had my account for several years and have built up a great reputation (I still have %100 positive feedback, even after 60+ buyers). I just don't want to see it get ruined by some prick who wants to get something for free, you know? I don't mind paying $1.93 to ship it out.. but paying $1.93 + stamp.. is where it had be second guessing things.

    Thanks for the prompt response tom.
     
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    "USPS First Class Package (2 to 6 business days) — Package (or thick envelope) — 3oz. — 7.0in. x 4.0in. x 4.0in.
    Estimated shipping cost: $2.32"

    How come it is giving me $2.32 as a price? That's weird..

    Edit: Oh well, I just realized when I set up my first 3 listings that I set it up for the buyer to pay for shipping.. and apparently, they don't mind because I already got bids on two products. Hmm.
     
  5. toml3030

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    $2.32 is the full price but you should be getting a discount so your actual final cost is $1.93.

    Also, it sells better when you sell an item for $5 + $2 shipping rather than $7 with free shipping.
     
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    Another question.. say I went this route, and printed my labels and taped them on my envelopes, would I still need to go to a post office? I just think whenever I see an envelope I'm expecting a stamp.. so a shipping label taped to it would throw me off... would I still be able to drop it off at a normal drop box with no stamp?
     
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    yes if the label is paid for you can just drop it in a box, but from my experience it's far better to drop it off at the post office as less packages go missing that way