The Basic Standards of Shipping Online
Shipping is one of the biggest keys to a successful online business. I have been shipping and receiving packages for years, and I can tell you that shipping can really help or really hurt your ebay and online businesses. Many options are available to make shipping fast, simple, and professional; let's take a look at a few of them.
- Free Shipping
- Free Supplies
- Free Pickup
- Print labels at home
FREE SHIPPING: When online buyers are looking at what to buy and where to buy it, price + shipping is the most important factor. Buyers absolutely love free shipping. Honestly, many buyers will only purchase an item if it comes with free shipping. In fact, it doesn't matter if your item costs $15.00 + $5.00 shipping, buyers would rather purchase the same item for $20.00 with free shipping, it's psychological.
By offering free shipping, you'll get:
- listings that will rank higher in ebay search results
- Five star feedback for shipping, always
- More buyers looking at and buying your items
- Lower final value fees charged by ebay
FREE SUPPLIES. Shipping supplies are a very important part of any ebay business. I'm sure that you have seen items that you have purchased, show up in less than mediocre packaging; this type of packaging is unnacceptable in any business that wants to be successful.
Where can I get free shipping supplies?
- Free Priority and regional boxes from USPS.COM or any Post Office.
- Local stores have lots of extra boxes, maybe you can find a store that has the right size boxes you'll need.
- Free printing labels at UPS.com
FREE PICKUP. In an effort to win your business, many shipping services will actually come to your home or office to pick up items from you. If you never want to leave the comfort of your own home, you'll never have to; just use a provider like USPS, use expedited shipping, and schedule a pickup.
PRINT LABELS AT HOME. Standing in line at the Post office or at the UPS store is for the birds. Nobody wants to stand around and wait to ship an item, it wastes time, and time is money in business. It's easy to buy shipping labels online through ebay. When your items sell, print out your own labels and stick them on the box. You're done. Ebay will put the tracking information up on the website automatically and your buyer will be notified that the item has been shipped.
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