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Why don’t all sellers use USPS on EBay?

I’m finding more and more sellers are using eBay services to ship their cards. I’m wondering why not use USPS?

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    if you are talking about the eBay envelope it's because it cost 68 cents and comes with tracking(bad tracking but tracking none the less) and insurance

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    I recently spent 10 days in the U.S. Naturally, I went on eBay and was shocked to see the price difference in shipping.

    When sellers use eBay services. I’m seeing a price of $15 U.S plus taxes for shipping. For cheap graded cards and cheap raw cards. I would suggest using USPS and combined shipping.

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,489 ✭✭✭✭

    @Raptormaniacs said:

    When sellers use eBay services. I’m seeing a price of $15 U.S plus taxes for shipping.

    That sounds like shipping to a foreign country.... If you were in the USA looking at eBay while logged into your foreign eBay account (I'm just assuming you are not in the USA normally), then you are getting shipping prices to your FOREIGN address by default.... You can't use "ebay services" to ship domestically (USA to USA)

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    Jayman1982Jayman1982 Posts: 464 ✭✭✭

    How much does a typical US ebay seller charge for a small package shipped within the US, with tracking? 68 cents???

    I was thrilled to have a collectibles rate introduced within Canada, it only costs about $8cdn now ($6usd), tracking included.

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,489 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9, 2023 10:56AM

    The cheapest "package" (anything more than 1/4 inch thick) in the US is going to be min $3.50 or so (USPS fee, but most sellers either have free shipping or charge $5+), but comes with "free" tracking. The 68 cents is strictly for an envelope less than 1/4 inch thick.

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    daltexdaltex Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Raptormaniacs said:
    I recently spent 10 days in the U.S. Naturally, I went on eBay and was shocked to see the price difference in shipping.

    When sellers use eBay services. I’m seeing a price of $15 U.S plus taxes for shipping. For cheap graded cards and cheap raw cards. I would suggest using USPS and combined shipping.

    Liability.

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    swish54swish54 Posts: 687 ✭✭✭✭

    It costs me around $4 to ship through ebay with a discount via usps first class domestically. I send in a 4x6 bubble mailer with cardboard, weighs about 2-3 oz and comes with tracking.

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    I was speaking to shipping to Canada and using USPS.

    When I’m buying a card that’s worth $20. I’m not going to pay $40 (including shipping and taxes). Especially when I buy multiple cards from the same dealer. EBay shipping doesn’t allow for combined shipping rates. In the end the seller loses. I can live without the card….

    That’s why I’m wondering why more sellers don’t use USPS?

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    coolstanleycoolstanley Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The ebay shipping is great but many people don't have home printers.

    Terry Bradshaw was AMAZING!!

    Ignore list -Basebal21

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,489 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9, 2023 10:04PM

    @Raptormaniacs said:
    I was speaking to shipping to Canada and using USPS.

    When I’m buying a card that’s worth $20. I’m not going to pay $40 (including shipping and taxes). Especially when I buy multiple cards from the same dealer. EBay shipping doesn’t allow for combined shipping rates. In the end the seller loses. I can live without the card….

    You can definitely do combined shipping using "eBay Services".... It's the sellers that don't have it set up or don't do it... Even if the sellers used USPS to ship to Canada, which usually starts at $15-17 for packages, but allows you to add insurance, they could still have the listings setup to not combine shipping since that is the default and the settings are a little cumbersome, even just for US customers. Plus there are issues with setting it up since it won't really take value into the equation (the need to purchase insurance if the items are a lot), so for me I just like to send out a invoice with all the buyer's items after my listings close. A lot of sellers will put in the text of the listings that they offer combined shipping.

    If you want to combine shipping on auction listings, email the seller BEFORE you bid and ask if they will combine, then don't pay till they send you a combined invoice. If you are looking to purchase buyItNow listings, again you'll have to message the sellers and either ask if they will create a special listing for you with all the items you want to buy with an agreed upon shipping prices, or if you pay for all of them separately, will the seller send you a partial refund for the reduced shipping since they all come together. But again, it has nothing to do with the seller using USPS or not, it is a listing/seller issue.

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    RonSportscardsRonSportscards Posts: 797 ✭✭✭✭

    @Raptormaniacs said:
    I was speaking to shipping to Canada and using USPS.

    When I’m buying a card that’s worth $20. I’m not going to pay $40 (including shipping and taxes). Especially when I buy multiple cards from the same dealer. EBay shipping doesn’t allow for combined shipping rates. In the end the seller loses. I can live without the card….

    That’s why I’m wondering why more sellers don’t use USPS?

    Shipping to Canada is pricey. I don't do International Shipping. Domestic only.
    Padded envelope with PSA card is around $15, I think, and flat rate envelope or small box start at $30.
    I ship USPS using ebay services for discounted pricing compared to USPS counter price.

    @coolstanley said:
    The ebay shipping is great but many people don't have home printers.

    I don't do a lot of ebay selling, so I don't have a printer.
    But I'm very lucky that the library is next door to the post office.
    I print the label at the library for 10 cents then drop the package off at the post office.

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    Jayman1982Jayman1982 Posts: 464 ✭✭✭

    @RonSportscards said:

    @Raptormaniacs said:
    I was speaking to shipping to Canada and using USPS.

    When I’m buying a card that’s worth $20. I’m not going to pay $40 (including shipping and taxes). Especially when I buy multiple cards from the same dealer. EBay shipping doesn’t allow for combined shipping rates. In the end the seller loses. I can live without the card….

    That’s why I’m wondering why more sellers don’t use USPS?

    Shipping to Canada is pricey. I don't do International Shipping. Domestic only.
    Padded envelope with PSA card is around $15, I think, and flat rate envelope or small box start at $30.
    I ship USPS using ebay services for discounted pricing compared to USPS counter price.

    @coolstanley said:
    The ebay shipping is great but many people don't have home printers.

    I don't do a lot of ebay selling, so I don't have a printer.
    But I'm very lucky that the library is next door to the post office.
    I print the label at the library for 10 cents then drop the package off at the post office.

    That's brutal, Canada Post Tracked Small Packet to the USA is $9cdn ($6usd) if it's less than 100grams (so 1 graded card in a bubble mailer plus padding works)

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