How To Work Out Your Postage Costs On eBay

Selling items on eBay is a nice little earner, but you need to be aware of the costs you're likely to incur as a seller. Obviously, postage costs will vary according to the dimensions of the item you're selling and where you wish to send it - and it's well worth shopping around in order to find the best deal. Working out eBay postage costs is, however, fairly simple. You can offer your customers a number of different postage options - the more choice you offer them, the more you're likely to boost your chances of making a sale. Here's a quick guide to postage on eBay.

Offering postage options

When you come to create your listing, you'll need to include details about the postage options you're prepared to offer buyers. These might include first-class delivery, tracked delivery, next-day delivery or express overseas delivery. If you're selling multiple items to the same buyer, you can also offer combined postage or discounts. If you wish, you can also choose to offer your customers free postage and packing, though obviously you will have to bear that cost yourself if you do so.

You'll also be required to specify a dispatch time - in other words, the time it'll take for you to send the order once you've received payment - when you list the item for sale. If you fail to specify a dispatch time, however, one will be assigned automatically.

Calculating eBay postage costs

There are a few things you'll need to consider when you're calculating postage costs on eBay sales - including package type, whether you're sending your package to a domestic or overseas recipient, and the weight and dimensions of your package. Furthermore, if your parcel is irregular then this will also have an impact on your postage costs. You should also be aware that eBay imposes limits on postage and packing charges for certain categories of item. If you attempt to exceed those limits, your listing will be blocked.

On the eBay website, you'll find a Postage Estimator which you can use to help you calculate your postage costs. Remember to select the right parcel type and enter an accurate weight, otherwise you're likely to find that the figure provided by the Postage Estimator is an inaccurate one.