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

Top eBay Listings




250 6x10 #0 (USA) ^ EXTRA - WIDE Kraft Bubble Mailers CD DVD 6.5X10 Free Ship
$31.75

#7 50 14.25 x 20 Kraft Bubble Padded Envelopes Mailers 14.25 x 20
$29.40

100 #7 Quality (Kraft) 14.25x20 Bubble Mailers Envelope Padded Bags 14.25"x20"
$48.40

3M Big Bubble Plastic Mailer BB8915-48
$18.86

OfficeMax Poly Bubble Mailers, Size #5, 10.5" x 16", 6 pk.
$12.49

#1 Poly 400 7.25"x12" AJVM Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Bags 100 % Recyclable
$66.95

100 #4 9.5x14.5 Kraft Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Bags FREE SHIPPING!
$30.35

(500) 13.75" x 11" Black Metallic Bubble Mailers Envelope Bags 500 Per Case
$407.50



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Top Loaders

Top eBay Listings




BCW 4 x 6 Hard Plastic Rigid Topload Photo Holders 4x6 toploaders Lot of 50
$19.95

(100) 3X4 BCW PREMIUM TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS
$13.99

(500) BCW 3X4 15MIL PREMIUM TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS & FREE POLY SLEEVES
$42.95

(2000) BCW BASEBALL CARD SOFT POLY PENNY CARD SLEEVES for 3X4 TOPLOADERS
$14.95

(1000) BCW ALLEN & GINTER or TOBACCO CARD SIZE TOPLOADERS with SLEEVES
$137.95

(100) BCW 5MM THICK JERSEY TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS 197pt. & FREE THICK SLEEVES
$32.85

(10) BCW CATALOG or BECKETT MAGAZINE PRICE GUIDE 9x11.5x5MM RIGID TOPLOADERS
$22.27

(250) BCW 1.5MM THICK TRADING CARD STORAGE DISPLAY TOPLOADERS 59PT.
$36.45



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Penny Sleeves

Top eBay Listings




1 Case 10000 Ultra Pro Soft Penny Sleeves Non Sports Card Holder #81126
$39.75

100 ULTRA PRO TOPLOADERS AND 100 PENNY SLEEVES BRAND NEW IN THE PACK
$12.33

(2000) BCW BASEBALL CARD SOFT POLY PENNY CARD SLEEVES for 3X4 TOPLOADERS
$14.95

(1000) BCW THICK BASEBALL TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY SLEEVES
$11.93

(10,000) PREMIUM SOFT PENNY STG TRADING CARD POLY SLEEVES for 3X4 TOPLOADERS
$46.57

(2000) ULTRA PRO SOFT PENNY TRADING CARD POLY SLEEVES for 3X4 TOPLOADERS
$14.85

(2000) BCW THICK SOFT POLY TRADING CARD PENNY SLEEVES for 3x4 TOPLOADERS
$16.87

10000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING
$48.99



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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?

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