How to Economically Ship Cards and Get 5-Star Feedback Selling on eBay

How to Economically Ship Cards and Get 5-Star Feedback Selling on eBay

With eBay now charging percentage-based final value fees on shipping, it is becoming harder for sports card sellers to keep up a healthy profit margin.

Many sellers have increased their shipping fees to combat the revised charges. Here's a simple, cost-effective way to trim your shipping costs when selling trading cards on eBay.

I charge $2.50 for the first card and $0.50 for each additional card. I use first-class service. This allows me to advertise expedited shipping. I can also use eBay's postal service.

The benefits:

  • I can advertise expedited shipping.
  • It saves me a trip to the post office.
  • It provides delivery confirmation, which alerts both parties when the item has shipped and provided added protection against non-delivery claims.

Here are my actual costs when sending a card:

  • Penny Sleeve: $0.01
  • Top Loader: $0.06
  • Team Bag: $0.03
  • 4 x 6 Bubble Mailer (size 000): $0.20
  • Shipping cost from eBay: $1.75

Total Cost: $2.05

This leaves plenty of room to cover eBay's final value fees and leave about $0.45 in profits for every transaction.

Not only are you making a decent profit on your shipping costs but you're also covering your assets in the event a package goes missing. It takes first-class mail two or three days to travel coast to coast. The supplies and bubble mailer offer added protection. You're also conforming to eBay regulations by proving tracking information.

With the fast, safe and up-front costs clearly stated, customers appreciate the extra time and effort taken and usually leave the coveted five-star feedback rating.

Find the best deals on card shipping supplies below:

Bubble Mailers

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500 6x10 VM Poly Bubble Mailers Envelopes Shipping CD DVD 6" x 10" Bags #0
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50 #1 7.25x12 Poly Bubble Mailers Padded Envelope Shipping Supply Bags 7.25 x 12
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1000 6x10 VM Poly Bubble Mailers Envelopes Shipping CD DVD 6" x 10" Bags #0
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200 #1 Quality USA Kraft 7.25x12 Bubble Mailers 100.2
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50 Teal 6x9 Padded Poly Bubble Mailers-Premiu Quality Shipping Mailing Envelopes
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45 #2 8.5x12 Poly Bubble Mailers Padded Envelope Shipping Supply Bags 8.5 x 12
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4.25" x 8" KRAFT PADDED BUBBLE MAILERS SELF SEALED 500 CASE #000 (LOCAL PICKUP)
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Top Loaders

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(100) 3X4 BCW PREMIUM TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS + FREE SOFT SLEEVES
$12.68

(25) 8X10 BCW PHOTO or POSTCARD HARD RIGID TOPLOADERS
$19.39

1 pack of 10 BCW 7.5" x 11" Comic Book Toploaders Sleeves Current or Silver Age
$24.67

100 BCW Card Holders Tobacco Toploaders & Sleeves T206
$26.95

125 3x4 Sports Card Toploaders BCW Standard Protector Storage Sleeves Holders
$14.99

125 3x4x1.5mm Sports Card Toploaders BCW Protector Storage Sleeves Holders 59pt
$21.99

75 3x4x2mm Sports Card Toploaders BCW Protector Storage Sleeves Holders 79pt
$18.99

(10) BCW-TLCH-33RPM BCW 12" Vinyl Record Topload Holders Top Loaders Covers
$21.99



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Penny Sleeves

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(40,000) SOFT POLY CBG TRADING CARD CLEAR PENNY SLEEVE PROTECTORS
$169.65

(1200) ULTRA PRO SPORTSCARD SOFT POLY PENNY SLEEVES
$12.32

4,000 4000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves - FAST SHIPPING
$16.99

10000 10,000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves WHOLESALE LOT
$39.99

Baseball Card Soft Penny Sleeves Fits Top Loaders 10K
$54.95

10000 ULTRA PRO CARD SLEEVES 100 Packs Penny CASE LOT Sport Cards
$58.99

20000 20,000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$94.95

Promo Leaf Steel Silver...1995 Lot of (20) Different Unpealed in Penny Sleeves
$22.99



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User Comments

  1. Honest eBay sellers don’t “make a decent profit on” their “shipping costs.”

  2. Good advice. Thank you.

    If Rusty thinks making 45 cents handling for doing 4-5 minutes work (less than $6 an hour) is fleecing a customer, he is sorely naive. It’s not community service, its a business. Losing labor costs to feel “honest” is financial folly.

  3. Nice advice. Thanks. :)

    @Rusty: When you’re selling an item for the actual price like for example, I’m selling a coloring book for $1 and the shipping will cost $1.71 to send. eBay will take 39 cents from me. That makes my profit go down and doesn’t give me the amount for shipping either. Either the cost of shipping or the price of the item has to go up for me to make my profit. Just how it goes.

  4. What are the penny bags and team bags for? How are you packaging a single card? Penny bag in a top loader in a team bag?

  5. Great Article. Thank You.

    When you ship PSA Graded Cards do you add any additional protection or just put the slab directly into the bubble envelope?

  6. Great article! VERY HELPFUL! Time and labor are expenses. $0.45 is actually a very honest and commendable admission. Please keep writing these types of articles.

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