Open phones, Contact Us email and more: Lee told Griff about 2 exciting eBay for Charity auctions. Gulson, Bronx NY, asked how to legally ship perfume. Ron, Birmingham AL (oilerman21), called in with the Secret Word. Jessica, Garfield NY (thebusybaglady), had questions about shipping internationally with eDelCon (Electronic Delivery Confirmation). Lee shared news from UPS and FedEx.
Shari’s Rules for Shipping! Our guest is longtime eBay educator Shari Smith, known on eBay as gino4603.
USPS, UPS and FedEx all have raised their rates, starting with UPS on December 26, 2016, followed by FedEx on January 2, 2017, and USPS as of January 21, 2017. eBay’s shipping calculator and eBay Labels are likewise being updated with these new rates. Make sure your shipping prices on your active listings reflect them, too.
If you use calculated shipping, check that all your listings have accurate package weights and measurements. Your listings will show the new rates automatically once they take effect.
If you use flat rate shipping, review your listings to see if your flat rate covers the price increases. You may have to raise your flat rate charges to maintain the same profit level.
If you offer free shipping, review your listings to see if your prices can absorb the extra costs, or if you should make adjustments to your prices.
And remember: Using eBay labels can help you save up to 25% on USPS domestic Priority Mail and up to 37% on domestic FedEx services. Tracking is uploaded automatically, plus you get free supplies and free package pickup.
Griff gave an overview of today’s show (the last live broadcast of 2016) and introduced the eBay Radio News with birthday girl Lee Mirabal. Topics include the upcoming rate increases by UPS, FedEx and USPS; Hatchimal arbitrage Down Under; and the house from the movie A Christmas Story. Griff shared eBay’s tips for cost-effective shipping, while Lee reiterated the relevant dates of these carrier rate increases.
Griff and Lee discussed the USPS rate increases coming this Sunday, January 17, and the benefits of using eBay Labels. RaeJean, Cave Creek, AZ (holidaysandmemories*), asked about labels printed this Saturday night for items not shipped until Monday. Other carriers’ rates were discussed. Griff and Lee looked at last week’s highest selling Star Wars item.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more: Griff and Lee re-dished a listing by queenbeeisme. Ed, Hernando FL (lil_bit_of_texas), had a challenge with SmartPost tracking. Debbie, Vacaville CA (thebookkiosk), followed Griff’s advice from earlier in the show and also had a suggestion for how would-be attendees could raise funds to pay for their trip to the eBay Radio Party & Conference.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more! Eric Nash of Stamps.com (http://www.stamps.com) called in with today’s Shipping Report about UPS’ and Fedex’s new dimensional weight pricing. Download Stamps.com’s free guide to the new dimensional weight charges at http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/how-to-calculate-dim-weight-guide.pdf. Evan, Apple Valley CA (zzurvann), called in to have his listing dished for item number 181628399346. He received a score of 4.9 tureens.
Griff and Lee welcomed listeners to this year’s first edition of eBay Radio. Griff gave an overview of today’s show and introduced the eBay Radio News with Lee Mirabal. Stories include Joe Cocker and Jimmy Dickens; Mac DeMarco’s dirty sneakers; and UPS’ and Fedex’s new dimensional weight pricing.