Ebay Hints

I periodically downsize excess and unwanted household items to declutter the home.  Most of this is done over Ebay.  I have been Ebaying for about 7 years, and I have come to figure some things out.  One thing in particular is shipping.  In general, Ebay is a good system, filled with good people.  However, there are exceptions; both in the form of misunderstandings and scams.  As such, I typically offer only the lowest cost shipping option as that reduces my risk if a buyer demands their money back.  When this happens, I give a no hassle refund as it’s good for business and it takes too much time to dispute.  I’d rather keep moving forward.

Overall, I figure that refunds count for about 5% of both my customer quantity and sales amounts, which is not really that bad of a number.

A well-kept secret is the USPS regional rate box.  I’ve sent out plenty, but have never received one.  These are priority mail flat rate boxes that offer different rates to different regions.  This is very advantageous to those who live in the middle of the U.S. and for those whose shipments are within a region.  The regional rate boxes are still effective from coast to coast if you take advantage of the dimensional differences between traditional flat rate boxes.  In addition, all priority USPS mail can be arranged for at residence pick-up at no charge through their online portal.

Item condition is a tricky one.  If I feel that an item is high risk for malfunctioning such as tech items, I will just list the item for parts. Even if I get less money for it, I still made a sale and avoided the potential for a bait and switch.

About Steve @ FPO
Hello FPO readers, I have been writing on financial topics for about 12 years now, but I have only recently reignited the fire of publishing online. I have to say, its good to be back. I am an electrical engineer by trade who enjoys all topics engineering and financial. I started Financial Place Online (FPO) to create a value added financial news and education website that would provide a refreshing daily financial read. Financial Place Online websites are built around the principles of consumer empowerment, leveling the playing field, zero spam tolerance, and none of those annoying sidebar or banner ads. For us, it's all about enjoying a good read.

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