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As you become a regular and successful eBay seller, unless you are simply drop shipping, you will soon find that you spend a great deal of time and money shipping items to your customers. In fact, the more successful that you are on eBay , the bigger hassle shipping can become - hence it's essential that you organize your shipping practices and don't allow them to become a limit on the growth of your business.
The first thing that you should so, is make sure that you can all the essential shipping materials on hand. This includes stamps, packing materials, and boxes. You can have these items delivered to you, but it's a good idea to keep a reasonable (not too many, not too few!) quantity of these items close by, so you always have enough when you need them. Additionally, you should eventually aim to have all the other items that you regularly will need to have when shipping: rubber stamp, label printing software, a good printer, and labels. As far as the return labels are concerned - you can either use the rubber stamp for that - or keep a stock of pre-printed return labels.
When choosing packing materials, one thing that you may wish to consider is using large padded envelopes instead of boxes, whenever you can. These envelopes are easier to handle, usually cheaper to purchase, and also tend to weigh just a little less than cardboard boxes do, which will save money on money on the postage.
Once you get to the stage of regularly shipping packages, you should consider investing in a set of postage scales. These will greatly increase your efficiency. And that's they key: always be on the look out for improvements in efficiency that can be achieved by better organization.
But what about when you're starting out? When you first start selling on eBay , there's probably good chance that you don't know much about shipping.
Fortunately eBay provides help: The eBay Shipping Center.
The eBay Shipping Center offers a range of features designed to help you solve your shipping problem. These include help with printing labels, help in figuring out shipping costs (even international shipping), as well as providing information for all of the major shipping companies, including the USPS.
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