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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100 #0 6x10 Poly Bubble Mailers Padded Envelope Shipping Supply Bags 6" x 10"
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100 #6 12.5x19 POLY BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED SHIPPING SELF SEAL POSTAL MAILING ENV
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Top Loaders

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75 BCW 6x9 PHOTO SIZE RIGID HARD PLASTIC TOPLOADERS PROTECTOR HOLDERS ***
$33.14
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125 BCW 6x9 PHOTO SIZE RIGID HARD PLASTIC TOPLOADERS PROTECTOR HOLDERS ***
$52.74
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1000 BCW 4 x 6 PHOTO POSTCARD HARD PLASTIC TOPLOAD HOLDERS TOPLOADERS 4x6
$183.94
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500 BCW 8 x 10 Hard Plastic Rigid Topload Photo Holders 8x10 toploaders -2 CASES
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300 BCW 5 x 7 PHOTO RIGID HARD PLASTIC TOPLOAD PROTECTOR HOLDERS TOPLOADERS 5x7
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Pack 10 BCW 12x18 Hard Plastic Topload Photo Print Holders 12 x 18 toploaders
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100ct BCW Rookie Gold Sports Card Top Loaders TL1
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Penny Sleeves

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1000 Ultra-Pro Soft Penny Card Sleeves (Standard Size) Ten 100 Count Packs
$12.50
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100 Ultra Pro 3 x 4 Top Load Card Holders & 100 Soft Penny Sleeves
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5000 ULTRA PRO SOFT CARD SLEEVES NEW NO PVC PENNY SLEEVES Baseball, MTG, Yu Gi
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(30,000) CBG SOFT POLY BASEBALL TRADING CARD PENNY SLEEVES
$148.45
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(1000) ULTRA PRO BASEBALL TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY SLEEVES
$11.93
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(1000) BCW TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY POLY SLEEVES for TOPLOADERS
$11.65
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(1200) ULTRA PRO SPORTSCARD SOFT POLY PENNY SLEEVES
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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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