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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25 #6 Poly 12.5x19" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Plastic Bags
$23.99

250 #00 Kraft 5x10" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Bags
$47.99

50 #00 Poly 5x10" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Plastic Bags
$13.99

1000 pc #0000 Kraft Bubble Mailers Padded Wholesale Lightweight 4x6
$49.99

50 x Kraft Bubble Envelopes Padded Mailers Pack Shipping Self-Seal Bags110x229mm
$16.99

100 #1 Poly 7.25x12" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Plastic Bags
$29.99

200 #3 Kraft 8.5"x14.5" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Bags
$69.99

20 POLY BAG + 16 POLY BUBBLE POSTAL MAILING ENVELOPE SHIPPING VARIETY PACK
$10.50



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Top Loaders

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Mixed Case of BCW Thick - Extra Thick - Super Thick - Toploaders - Top Loaders
$53.55

Case of 10 BCW 24 x 36 Poster or Print Topload Holders - Top Loaders Holder
$56.35

Lot of 5 BCW 24 x 36 Poster or Print Topload Holders - Top Loaders Holder
$43.25

(50) TOBACCO or GINTER SIZE TRADING CARD BCW STORAGE TOPLOADERS with SLEEVES
$11.61

(80) BCW 3.5MM THICK TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS & FREE THICK SLEEVES 138 Pt.
$23.17

(100) BCW 2MM THICK JERSEY TRADING CARD TOPLOADERS 75PT. & FREE THICK SLEEVES
$20.47

(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



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Penny Sleeves

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2,000 PRO SAFE Standard Card Penny Sleeves - FREE SHIPPING
$14.50

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

(40,000) 4 CASES CBG SOFT CARD PENNY SLEEVES for STANDARD SIZE TRADING CARDS
$168.07

1 Penny Sleeve + 13 14 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Colorado Avalanche 1 1?
$10.50

1 Penny Sleeve + 13 14 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Los Angeles Kings 1 1?
$13.02

1 Penny Sleeve + 2011 12 UD The Cup 1 Box Breaks Los Angeles Kings 1 1?
$10.58

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



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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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