Originally Posted by capnwes
1. Yes, I got mine for like 10 bucks on ebay...its a digiweigh. I took in my packages for a bit after I got it to verify the weights.
2. It is not free, but much cheaper than in the Post Office...19 cents for Parcel
3. Yes first class has free DC now too.
4. Brianpore is the king of the freebies so I will let him answer that one. Otherwise check the USPS website for supplies, you can see all the freebies and even have them delivered for free.
Dont forget, with even just one priority package, you can schedule your packages to be picked up right at your door for free. Even if you have 35 packages and only one is priority...they will take them all.
Nice - excellent info - this is exactly what I wanted to hear - thank you.
Originally Posted by ruben
You can do first class through ebay shipping and paypal but not through USPS.com.
For what it's worth I've found that adding first class shipping for shirts and stuff seems to increase the number of bids and the max bid. It's kinda funny to see a guy drop $50 on a shirt then choose first class to save $3 but whatever.
Do buy a scale.
I like using tissue, but see no real point in bubble wrap, or bubble mailers for most clothing items.
USPS doesn;t offer and mailers for free below the priority level. As a couple people here who've traded with me might know, I used Fedex Tyvex mailer for my USPS first class shipping. They give them away for free, and they're blank on the inside so you can just turn them inside out to use. Fedex also has some really nice gray plastic mailing envelopes available, but they're hard to come by for free.
Too good, made my night, you should get a screencap.
More good info - thank you as well. I used to offer two shipping options - free (parcel) and paid (priority), and as long as you specified the free one first when listing it, it shows up as "free shipping" when buyers see it. Did bring views it seemed, but in actuality I don't think there is anything about eBay that can ever be quantified or measured outside of eBay's own internal number-crunching WOPR's.
Originally Posted by VLSI
Echoing the above mostly, but definitely get a scale. I got a 75lb scale on amazon for like $20. Although setting a 50+lb box on a 6"x6" scale is a little ridiculous
Printing your own postage will save you tons of time and money. As far as packaging, everything I send goes out in poly mailer bags. The per bag price works out to ~12.5 cents. I use these
, they work great. Brian has a whole write up on the proper way to ship things, and it's extraordinarily helpful. In addition, I saw talk about buying a thermal label printer since it doesn't require ink. I haven't made that jump yet, but may shortly.
To my own problems. My dad bought a pair of true religion jeans on shopgoodwill (I wish he would stay off that site, he overpays for tons of shit then lists it in hopes of making his money back
). Anyhow, turns out they were fake. He emailed the store and they are refusing to take them back. They were sold as real at real prices, not thrift prices. What are the appropriate actions and how should we proceed? He used a checking card so I'm not sure that he gets the same protections afforded by a true credit card
Heh - OK I'll get a scale! I keep eyeballing them like porn at Office Max but hell if I'm gonna pay $40 for one. You'd think Office Max would have the lowest prices on office supplies - you know - that being their forte and all. Strange then that their prices are higher than, say, Target / WalMart etc for almost everything.
I get compliments on my wrapping & packing so no issues there...just need to shave some cents - will check out the poly mailers - grazie.
shopgoodwill.com....let me just say - Eff them! I used to buy a lot thru there, then was dormant for a while. Got back on a few days ago, bid on a shirt, then decided to do the "estimated postage"...over $12 to ship a plain old cotton shirt - $9.08 plus $3 handling - from Florida to Georgia (which is, as we know, the next state over). Are they nuts?!
As far as your dad's issue, a checking card / debit card is [usually] backed by a bank and will afford the same protections as a credit card [unless he's got a Rush or Kardashian card or something]. Dispute the charges. A few of the stores represented on shopgoodwill say they take returns in all cases, others case-by-case, but most say no returns ever no way no how. Website terms & conditions mean naught, when you dispute thru the issuing bank.