Im directing this article to those who are just starting their eBay Selling Venture. Whether youre selling books, DVDs, CDs, collectibles or clothing, all things (with the exception of eBooks and services) need to be mailed. And its the postage, handling fees and mailing that seems to cause a great deal of angst among new sellers.
Youve heard the advice dont overcharge for shipping. That is very good advice, indeed, as nothing turns off potential buyers like sellers who gouge you on the shipping costs. Its also a practice that can rack up bad feedback.
However, Im going to play Devils Advocate here and suggest that you dont go overboard and give so much of a break on shipping that youre chipping away at your profits. Its good to remember the hidden costs of shipping: bubble wrap to secure your breakables, tape, shipping envelopes, boxes, etc. Then theres the gas you put in your car to take all those trips to the post office.
You might think Im being cheap, but, if you added up all your eBay expenses for the year (as some did for their recent taxes) you might be shocked to see how all the packing materials and gas for your car added up and took a...