If your even remotely familiar with Ebay or know anyone who is, you’ve probably heard or blurted out the phrase, “Can you believe how much shipping is on that item?!?”. I know I have.
When I made the decision to start selling on Ebay a little bit more than I had been before, I tried to just charge a flat rate based on what I thought the item weighed and what it would cost to ship. This was a mistake. I ended up losing a fair amount of money on shipping because of it.
I recently purchased a nice 35lb capacity electronic scale off of Ebay and have been using it religiously. What a wonder it is. Accurate to .2 ounces, I can accurately weigh and charge for shipping on any item that the scale can handle.
So why the title? Because, if you want to have any repeat business, you have to have fair prices. Also, if you want to get any value out of your product, your shipping has to be fair. Sure, you can bypass a few ebay fees if you charge an outrageous amount for shipping and then sell the product for pennies, but is it worth the hassle? So, what do I use as shipping fees?
I have a very simple algorithm for shipping. Shipping is the calculated shipping cost of the item based on the weight I get from my handy-dandy scale plus a packaging and handling fee not to exceed $2.50. I think it is a fair policy. I have no problems telling my customers exactly what my policy is. If you have a problem telling people your policy, then it probably isn’t a very good policy. What do you use as a shipping charge policy?