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 Image 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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4500 #00 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 5 x 10" +Free EXPEDITED Shipping
$473.05
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800 #1 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 7.25" x 12" +Free EXPEDITED Shippin
$136.75
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900 #1 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 7.25" x 12" +Free EXPEDITED Shippin
$155.75
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1800 #1 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 7.25 x 12" +Free EXPEDITED Shippin
$285.90
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800 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 7.25 x 9.75+Free EXPEDITED Shipping
$91.15
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900 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 7.25 x 9.75+Free EXPEDITED Shipping
$95.90
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700 #2 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 8.5 x 12 +Free EXPEDITED Shipping
$132.00
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800 #2 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes 8.5 x 12 +Free EXPEDITED Shipping
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Top Loaders

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20 Packs of BCW Thick Toploaders, Mixed Case: 3x4x 1.5, 2, 2.75, 3.5, 5, 7mm
$52.95
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100 BCW 3 x 4 Rigid Topload Trading Card Holders 12 Mil hard plastic toploaders
$14.95
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250 BCW RIGID TOPLOADERS 3" X 7" TOPLOAD CURRENCY, TICKET, PHOTO, PRINT HOLDERS
$67.95
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200 BCW RIGID TOPLOADERS 3" X 7" TOPLOAD CURRENCY, TICKET, PHOTO, PRINT HOLDERS
$54.95
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Case of 10 BCW 24 x 36 Poster Topload Holders - Top Loaders Holder
$57.25
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(50) BCW 3x4 Rookie Imprinted White Toploaders 2 Pack
$11.00
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(50) 1.5mm BCW 3x4 Toploaders 2 Pack
$12.00
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(50) 2mm BCW 3x4 Toploaders 2 Pack
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Penny Sleeves

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1 Penny Sleeve + 13 14 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Colorado Avalanche 1 1?
$11.50
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$11.00
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1 Penny Sleeve + 13 14 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Pittsburgh Penguins 1 1?
$14.50
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1 Penny Sleeve + 13 14 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Toronto Maple Leafs 1 1?
$11.51
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1 Penny Sleeve+ 2012 13 Certified Hockey FULL CASE Break Colorado Avalanche 1 1?
$14.50
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1 Penny Sleeve+ 2012 13 Certified Hockey FULL CASE Break St. Louis Blues 1 1
$11.50
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1000 Ultra Pro Tall Card Poly Penny Sleeves Holder
$16.75
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Ultra Pro Card Sleeves lot of 10,000 Free Shipping aka Penny , Soft Sleeves
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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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