by Michelle Mondonedo
eBay is a great platform for sellers who don’t have a specific niche, and also appreciate the support and exposure that marketplaces provide.
What’s nice about eBay is that they offer a solid shipping platform for sellers based in the US. You can access discounted rates from USPS, UPS, and FedEx, and to sweeten the deal, you can also get free supplies from each of the carriers. USPS and eBay even offer free co-branded supplies if you’d like to add a more professional touch to your packaging.
Additionally, they offer flexibility in the type of shipping options you’d like for your listings. You have the opportunity to choose calculated or flat rates, in addition to a local pickup option if your buyer lives nearby.
Last but not least, you can automate your shipping by easily generating shipping labels from your shipping solution of choice and printing it on your home printer. These labels will also automatically update the tracking number for your customer, reducing the need for manual data entry and keeping your customer in the loop without any extra effort on your part.
eBay Shipping: International Options
For eBay sellers who are serious about making money, it’s beneficial to open your listings to international buyers. Imagine - by adding international shipping, you’ll be increasing the visibility of your listing to millions of eBay buyers worldwide, giving yourself more opportunity to increase sales.
If you’re based in the US or the UK, you may have heard of eBay’s Global Shipping Program, which handles all the intricacies of international shipping for you. All you need to do is send your item to their domestic shipping center, where they’ll process the customs declaration, add tracking information, and physically ship your product.
While this sounds attractive to a seller that’s new to international shipping, there are some drawbacks. You’ll have to ensure that you meet their seller criteria, and there are restrictions on what items they will accept.
Andrew Minalto also brings up the following points:
Your delivery timeframe is slower due to additional handling time. It takes time to send the item to the shipping center, and then they have to process your shipment. This will add a few more days to your lead time.
GSP appears to charge higher postage rates. Andrew did a pricing experiment, which you can check out in his blog post. This suggests that sellers might be better off handling international shipments on their own.
How Easyship enhances eBay shipping
If you’re unsatisfied with the international shipping options offered, it’s definitely possible to offer your own competitive rates for your overseas buyers.
By connecting your eBay store to Easyship, you can download all your orders to our platform, where our algorithm will automatically choose the best value for money option (in terms of delivery time and cost) for each shipment.
You’ll also have the opportunity to use other couriers outside USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Easyship works with regional couriers such as SF Express (which focuses on China and other Asian destinations), Aramex (good for Middle East shipments) and SkyPostal (good for Latin American destinations).
Not only do these regional couriers provide solutions that are faster than a government postal service but cheaper than an express courier, you’ll also be using a courier that locals in that region are familiar with.
All these courier solutions come with already discounted rates, so regardless of your shipment volume you can already offer cheaper shipping rates to your international customers.
Easyship prepares you for eBay global shipping
Easyship was made with international shipping in mind. In addition to finding the best rate for your shipment, we show the duty and tax amount that will apply. You can easily share this cost with your customer so they are aware of any additional fees they have to settle. You’ll also have the option to pre-pay these fees for a more seamless delivery.
Once you generate your shipping labels, we’ll also include completed, pre-filled customs forms and any other required documents needed, ensuring faster processing of your shipment when it arrives in the destination country.
What to do before shipping eBay items internationally
Before you open your eBay store to the world, it’s worth preparing your business to go global to minimize the chances of negative shipping experiences.
You should consider the following:
Is my product restricted or prohibited to import for certain countries?
Are there any possible issues I can encounter while shipping overseas?
Does my product contain dangerous goods?
Will duty and tax apply to my shipment?
Should I purchase shipping insurance?
For more advice on how to prepare, check out our guide to international shipping!
Easyship offers some free resources that you may also find useful in taking your eBay store global.
Couriers: Take a look at the couriers we work with and the services they offer. You can learn where they deliver, in addition to delivery timeframes, customer rating, and more.
Countries: Our Countries page lists all worldwide destinations and shares important information such as tax rates, import rates, and restricted or prohibited items, to name a few.
Ready to connect your eBay store to Easyship? Sign up for your free account today to get started!
For additional assistance on connecting your store, visit our Support Center.Learn how eBay seller Gavinfuzzy uses Easyship to streamline shipping for his hobby business.