The Finnish Language Lot finally sold, to an international buyser, and I’ve packed the books up for delivery. This article explains packing books to weather the international trip, and learn a little bit about Media Mail (formerly known as Book Rate).
Starting January 21, 2018, first class letters go up one cent, flat rate packages go up five cents. Those are retail prices. Ebay shippers used to get a 10% or more discount on shipping, but that is changing. Continue reading “New Postal Rates for 2018, Letters and Packages Increase”
Ebay has a shipping option that can cause you to lose money.
It’s called the Large Envelope.
You cannot buy Media Mail postage labels online from usps.com, but you can buy it from paypal.com. Continue reading “How to Buy Media Mail Postage Online (Hint: PayPal)”
I just got hit at least three times with an Ebay glitch that seems to be hitting old listings that were made before the postal rate change earlier this year. Basically, rates went up a little. Suddenly, my first class postage price has dropped down to 91 cents on some listings. Continue reading “Crazy Discounts for Old Postage”
I finally sold the Sunbeam toaster! Yay! It’s one of those expensive old toasters that lowers the bread slowly. They’re awesome, and I’m a huge fan. Continue reading “Always Check the Pricing for Priority Mail Shipping”
I accidentally sent the wrong item out, and now I’m going to eat the costs, and basically lose a total of around $5 on this sale. I sent out a water filter when I meant to send out a Braun hand blender. A dollar was lost on the correct product, and four on the mistaken product. The big winners here were USPS and FedEx, who got a total of $15 in postage. The little winner was the buyer, who got not only a Braun hand blender (old style) but a free water filter.
I played around with Free Shipping for my listings… and I’m going back to charging the actual shipping. Maybe I’ll add a little handling fee. Ebay pushes sellers to offer free shipping, but I’m just not feeling it’s helping make sales.
This is the second in a series about postal rates and Ebay. Regional rate priority mail boxes aren’t well known, but they are a lower-cost, priority mail option that can save you money.
It seems like several vloggers have videos explaining this, and instagrammers are also doing it. Here’s a blog version. I’m going to explain a bit about how to attack the problem of understanding postage rates, without getting too deep in the particulars.