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Shipping Costs and "Price+Shipping" Sort
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Shipping Costs and "Price+Shipping" Sort
Specifying reasonable shipping costs is a common best practice, and is now even more important.

Today, buyers on eBay now have an option to sort search results by price + shipping. An item with a blank or unspecified shipping cost field will rank lower in this buyer optional sort.

Ensure you clearly state reasonable shipping costs by either inserting the eBay Shipping Calculator or entering a flat shipping rate. Please ensure your shipping rates are reasonable and do not violate the Excessive Shipping Policy.

For more information on this new sort option on eBay, please see our FAQs.


Shipping Checklist
Increase your sales and save valuable time by using the Shipping Checklist:
  • Stock up on supplies
  • Reduce buyer e-mails by including the Shipping Calculator in your listings
  • Print and pay for shipping labels right from your PayPal account
  • Save time with package pickup services from the U.S. Postal Service and UPS
  • Capitalize on sales to last minute shoppers
    • Offer "Get it Fast" in your listings to let last minute shoppers know their item can arrive in time for a special occasion. There is no fee to offer Get it Fast in your listings.
  • Generate repeat business
    • Offer shipping discounts for multiple purchases
    • Include a business card or note with your eBay seller id to thank your buyer for their business
    • Offer a coupon to your buyer for future purchases


Get it Fast
  The Get it Fast icon in your listings gives buyers added confidence that an item will arrive quickly. Participating in this program is a great way to increase your sales of seasonal and gift items. Buyers can search specifically for Get it Fast items. There are 4 easy steps to listing an item with Get it Fast:
  1. List With Auction Buy It Now, Fixed Price, or Store Inventory Format
  2. Offer at least one domestic overnight shipping service
  3. Commit to one day handling time (must ship within one day of receiving cleared payment)
  4. Check the "Get it Now" box in the Shipping Section of Sell Your Item
Visit the Get it Fast page to learn more.

Free Shipping
Grab the attention of buyers by offering Free Shipping. In order to have your listing appear with the Free Shipping filter, either select the Free Shipping check box in Sell Your Item or follow these easy steps:
  1. In the Shipping section of Sell Your Item, select "Flat: Same cost to all buyers"
  2. Select a Shipping Service from the drop down menu. Please note you cannot select "Local delivery/pickup" or "Other (see description)"
  3. Enter 0 in the Shipping Cost field
  4. Insurance and surcharges: Cannot require insurance or shipping surcharges to specific states



Holiday Mail
In the holiday season, ship by these dates to make sure your packages arrive on time:

December 11th     US Postal Service Priority Mail International service to Canada
December 14th     US Postal Service Parcel Post
December 18th     US Postal Service Global Express Mail International service to Canada
December 19th     US Postal Service First Class Mail
December 20th     US Postal Service Global Express Guaranteed service to Canada
December 21st     US Postal Service Priority Mail
December 23rd     US Postal Service Express Mail