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

ebay stamp ImageWith 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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Kraft Bubble Mailers #3 (8.5"x14.5") - 20 Mailers
$15.91
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Poly Mailers Bubble-Lined #00 (5"x10") - 45 Mailers
$12.30
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Poly Mailers Bubble-Lined #00 (5"x10") - 50 Mailers
$13.37
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100 #5 10.5x16 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED SELF SEAL SHIPPING BAGS ENVELOPES #5
$24.99
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Poly Mailers Bubble-Lined #00 (5"x10") - 75 Mailers
$19.43
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Kraft Bubble Mailers #3 (8.5"x14.5") - 30 Mailers
$19.51
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Survivor DuPont Tyvek Air Bubble Mailer - QUAR7525
$58.89
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100 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED ENVELOPES 30 #1, 30 #2, 20 #4, & 20 #5 COMBO PAK
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Top Loaders

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(75) 6X4 "LONG SIDE" TOPLOADERS BCW NEW PHOTO HOLDER PROTECTOR
$23.95
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1000 BCW 3 x 4 Rookie Card Toploaders - Trading Card Top Loaders - Gold Letters
$69.95
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1000 BCW 3 x 4 Rookie Card Toploaders - Trading Card Top Loaders - White Letters
$69.95
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30 BCW 12x18 Hard Plastic Topload Photo Print Holders 12 x 18 rigid toploaders
$57.34
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25 BCW 8.5" x 11" Rigid Document Toploader Holder Safe Long Term Paper Storage
$30.99
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(50) TOBACCO or GINTER SIZE TRADING CARD BCW TOPLOADERS with SLEEVES
$12.83
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(50) 1.5MM BCW THICK TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS
$11.93
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(10) BCW GOLDEN AGE COMIC BOOK 8x11.25x5MM TOPLOADERS
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Penny Sleeves

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Ultra-Pro Penny Sleeves Box of 100,000 - 100 Packs of 100 Sleeves
$34.00
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2,500 2500 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$16.44
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10000 10,000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$48.94
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(30,000) CBG SOFT POLY BASEBALL TRADING CARD PENNY SLEEVES
$119.47
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(1000) ULTRA PRO BASEBALL TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY SLEEVES
$11.93
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4,000 4000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves - FAST SHIPPING
$16.99
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10000 10,000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves WHOLESALE LOT
$39.99
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(1000) BCW TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY POLY SLEEVES for TOPLOADERS
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Jeff Arends

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I’m currently employed as a Logistics Manager. I’ve been seriously collecting for over 20 years and am still trying to convince my wife that it’s just a hobby. My favorite teams are the Boston Celtics, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Yankees.

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?

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