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eBay "guesstimation" not recommended

June 8th, 2009 at 08:46 am

So I listed a whole bunch of things on eBay last week, and had my first 6 auctions end yesterday. Three sold, three did not. Still, I'm pretty happy. Except that I had "guesstimated" what I thought the shipping would be, and I was way off. I had each auction include $3 for shipping. For the 3 items I received $9 for shipping...that cost me $13.75! Sadly, all of my current auctions have the same amounts.

So, that'll learn me. From now on, before I list an item, I'm going to go ahead and box it up, measure it and weigh it, and then use the "calculate" function on eBay.

It's been a while since I eBay'ed, and shipping has gone up!

5 Responses to “eBay "guesstimation" not recommended”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    For your current auctions, as long as no one has bid, you can revise your shipping.

    If an item is under 13 oz it can be mailed first class. Those rates are listed on the usps website, along with other rates, although priority mail and parcel post do vary depending on the destination.

    Good luck next time.

  2. denaf Says:

    I don't know what you sold, but if it is books go media mail. It will save you money.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    oh, i have done that a few times. it sucks! take it as a learning experience.

  4. my english castle Says:

    I'm always tempted by the flat rate envelopes that go Priority mail. I keep some extras around to see if my stuff will fit in them.

  5. gamecock43 Says:

    yup shipping sucks.

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