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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200 #2 Kraft 8.5"x12" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Bags
$55.99

50X #4 9.75"x14.5" KRAFT SELF SEALED BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED ENVELOPE BAGS
$13.99

100X #4 9.75"x14.5" KRAFT SELF SEALED BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED ENVELOPE BAGS
$26.99

500 #000 ( KRAFT ) 4x8 BUBBLE MAILERS ENVELOPES 4" x 8"
$19.95

2000 PCS "No-Print" Kraft Bubble Mailer Shipping Padded Envelope Bag #5 10.5x16
$493.95

1500 PCS "No-Print" Kraft Bubble Mailer Shipping Padded Envelope Bag #5 10.5x16
$371.14

1000 PCS "No-Print" Kraft Bubble Mailer Shipping Padded Envelope Bag #5 10.5x16
$248.39

800 PCS "No-Print" Kraft Bubble Mailer Shipping Padded Envelope Bag #5 10.5x16
$199.33



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Top Loaders

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125 BCW 3 x 4 Top Loaders BLACK Border (5 Packs)
$17.95

5 BCW Toploaders + Philidelphia Eagles 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + New England Patriots 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + Miami Dolphins 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + New Orleans Saints 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + Minnesota Vikings 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99

5 BCW Toploaders + Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 Topps Museum 6 Box
$19.99



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Penny Sleeves

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1 CASE 10,000 sleeves ULTRA PRO SOFT CARD SLEEVES **NEW** No PVC Penny 100 packs
$51.95

(1000) BCW THICK BASEBALL TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY SLEEVES
$10.20

(10,000) THICK SOFT PENNY CBG BASEBALL TRADING CARD CLEAR POLY SLEEVES
$57.37

(20,000) SOFT POLY BASEBALL TRADING CARD CBG PENNY SLEEVES STORAGE HOLDERS
$96.75

(1000) ULTRA PRO SOFT PENNY POLY TRADING CARD SLEEVES
$10.71

(2,000) BCW SOFT PENNY POLY TRADING CARD STORAGE SLEEVES
$13.86

(2500) ULTRA PRO SOFT PENNY POLY TRADING CARD SLEEVES
$17.01

2,500 2500 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$16.49



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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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