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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50 #1 KRAFT BUBBLE MAILERS PADDED ENVELOPES 7.25x12 (IMPERFECT)
$12.50

Poly Bubble Mailers #CD (7.25"x8") - 400 Mailers
$68.89

50 #5 Kraft 10.5"x16" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Bags
$25.99

300 #00 Poly 5x10" Bubble Mailers Padded Envelopes Self Sealing Plastic Bags
$49.99

Poly Bubble Mailers #CD (7.25"x8") - 500 Mailers
$80.17

Poly Bubble Mailers #CD (7.25"x8") - 750 Mailers
$120.38

Poly Mailers Bubble-Lined #4 (9.5"x14.5") - 400 Mailers
$149.13

Kraft Mailers Bubble-Lined #4 (9.5"x14.5") - 400 Mailers
$149.84



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Top Loaders

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250 BCW Rookie Gold Card Top Loaders Toploaders TL1
$31.44

100 BCW RIGID TOPLOADERS 3" X 7" TOPLOAD CURRENCY, TICKET, PHOTO, PRINT HOLDERS
$27.94

Lot of 50 BCW 8 x 10 Hard Plastic Rigid Topload Photo Holders 8x10 toploaders
$37.29

100 BCW Golden Age Comic Book Hard Plastic Topload Holders rigid toploaders
$138.99

(5) BCW-TLCH-16x20 Wednesday DC Comic Book Toploaders Poster Covers Sleeves
$19.99

(10) BCW-TLCH-16x20 Wednesday DC Comic Book Toploaders Topload Covers Sleeves
$31.99

(100) 3X4 REGULAR TRADING CARD BCW TOPLOADERS & FREE SOFT SLEEVES
$11.47

(1000) BCW 2MM THICK SIZE TRADING CARD TOPLOAD TOPLOADERS - 75 Pt.
$148.27



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Penny Sleeves

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Almost 900 Ultra Pro Soft Sleeves for Sports Card Penny Plastic Trading Card
$16.99

10000 ULTRA PRO CARD SLEEVES PENNY SLEEVES
$62.99

100 - 3 x 4 Top Load Card Holders, 4 Packs of 25 & 100 Penny Sleeves! Combo Pack
$15.95

2500 Baseball Cards 10 Unopened Packs, 400 Penny Sleeves 60 Toploaders
$60.00

ACEO Artist Supply Watercolor Blanks & Ultra Pro Penny Sleeves Art Card Kit 100
$18.95

Case of 10000 - Soft Sleeve Trading Card Penny Sleeves - Sealed Bags
$41.95

Lot of 5000 - BCW Soft Sleeve Trading Card Penny Sleeves - Sealed Bags
$32.65

Case of 10000 - Soft Sleeve Trading Card Penny Sleeves - Zip Close Bags
$44.35



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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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