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

ebaysmalllogo Image



1504917584274040 1 Image
100 #2 ECO-LITE KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS - SHIPS FREE!!!
$32.75
3308974431004040 1 Image
100 POLY BUBBLE MAILERS Padded Envelopes Bags 130 x 205+40mm 5" x 8" USABLE SIZE
$27.95
3906672551634040 1 Image
Kraft Bubble Mailer Low Price 4" x 8" #000 - Pack of 500
$57.00
1812251472004040 1 Image
Kraft Bubble Mailer 10.5" x 16" #5 - Pack of 100 Direct from Bubble Mailer
$46.00
1812251514504040 1 Image
Kraft Bubble Mailer 9.5" x 14.5" #4 - Pack of 100 For Seed Shipping
$39.00
3107555078014040 1 Image
Kraft Padded Bubble Mailer- Buy Cheap 6" x 10" #0 Pack of 250 For Home Office
$43.00
1604794506274040 1 Image
100 #1 7.25"x12" XPAK WHITE POLY BUBBLE MAILERS
$27.99
1504917682884040 1 Image
200 #1 7.25"x12" XPAK WHITE POLY BUBBLE MAILERS
$47.99



« Previous12345...1213

 Image

Top Loaders

ebaysmalllogo Image



4003013501564040 1 Image
(100) BCW-TLCH-9X11.5X10MM Magazine Toploader Top Load Covers Sleeves Holders
$154.98
3610530446494040 1 Image
(575) STANDARD TOP LOADERS BCW SPORTS CARD PROTECTORS 23 Packs of 25 BASEBALL
$44.94
1312979361224040 1 Image
(10) BCW-TLCH-20X24 Poster Toploader Top Load Holder Photo Loader Sleeve Cover
$59.08
2009469290274040 1 Image
20 New BCW Topload 24x36 Movie Poster Toploaders Holders Sleeves Protectors Lot
$139.97
2009469290694040 1 Image
Case 10 BCW Movie Poster Toploaders Holders 24x36 Sleeves Topload Protectors Lot
$72.61
1608140734454040 1 Image
(50) BCW-TLCH-9X11.5X10MM Magazine Toploader Top Load Covers Sleeves Holders
$87.50
1608140738944040 1 Image
(10) BCW-TLCH-9X11.5X10MM Magazine Toploader Top Load Covers Sleeves Holders
$19.98
1608140775594040 1 Image
(5) BCW-TLCH-9X11.5X10MM Magazine Toploader Top Load Covers Sleeves Holders
$12.50



« Previous12345...1213

 Image

Penny Sleeves

ebaysmalllogo Image



3807053691454040 1 Image
Baseball Card Soft Penny Sleeves Fits Top Loaders 10K case of 10000 Acid Free
$52.49
1312979293444040 1 Image
(3000) BCW Soft Penny Sleeves Sports Card Storage NEW Baseball Football Nonsport
$21.95
1312979295064040 1 Image
30000 30,000 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$149.94
3610530514584040 1 Image
2000 BCW SOFT SLEEVES SPORTS CARD BASEBALL FOOTBALL PENNY SLEEVES FREE SHIPPING
$13.92
1312979438324040 1 Image
1000 BCW SOFT SLEEVES HOLDERS SPORTS CARD BASEBALL FOOTBALL MTG PENNY SLEEVES
$10.70
3809995473034040 1 Image
(40,000) 4 CASES CBG BASEBALL TRADING CARD SOFT PENNY POLY SLEEVES PS
$157.95
1312979438674040 1 Image
CBG Cardboard Gold Premium 20000 20,000 Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves CASE
$76.95
3809995473324040 1 Image
5000 - Ultra CBG Sports Card Pro Soft Penny Sleeves PS
$24.54



« Previous12345...1213

 Image


Related Topics:

Jeff Arends

E-Mail Author | 
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?

  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?

    Leave a Comment: