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In certain categories, sellers are required to specify at least one shipping cost less than or equal to a maximum shipping cost.

The cost includes all shipping costs such as handling and required insurance. It applies only to the first flat rate shipping service you offer within or to the U.S. There are no maximum shipping costs for international shipping services or additional U.S. shipping services. You can offer other shipping services, such as expedited or overnight shipping, and enter your own cost.

The maximum shipping cost for the category that you are listing in appears under the area where you enter your shipping cost. You won't be able to list your item if the shipping cost you enter is more than the maximum cost.

Note: If you're shipping a particularly large or heavy item in the Books, DVDs & Movies, Music, or Video Games category, you can use calculated shipping. When you use calculated shipping, you can enter the actual size and weight of the item, including packing materials, to calculate the actual shipping cost. Make sure the calculated cost isn't higher than the actual shipping cost or it will be considered excessive shipping.

How maximum shipping costs are determined

The maximum shipping costs are determined based on what sellers are charging for shipping (according to recent transaction data) and what buyers say they consider reasonable. When buyers think that shipping costs on eBay are too high they may make their purchases somewhere else. Having a maximum shipping cost will help buyers find items with reasonable shipping and help you sell more items and increase overall sales.

Maximum shipping costs by category

The table below shows the maximum shipping costs for the Books, DVDs & Movies, Music, and Video Games categories.

Books

Subcategory

Description

Maximum shipping cost

Accessories

Address Books

$4.00

Blank Diaries & Journals

$5.00

Book Covers

$5.00

Book Plates

$3.00

Bookmarks

$3.00

Other

$3.00

Antiquarian & Collectible

Antiquarian & Collectible

$4.00

Audiobooks

Audiobooks

$4.00

Catalogs

Catalogs

$4.00

Children's Books

Children's Books

$4.00

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

$4.00

Fiction Books

Fiction Books

$4.00

Magazine Back Issues

Magazine Back Issues

$5.00

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction Books

$4.00

Other

Other

$4.00

Textbooks, Education

Textbooks, Education

$4.00

Wholesale & Bulk Lots

Audiobooks

$10.00

Books > 101-500

$20.00

Books > 11-50 Items

$8.00

Books > 51-100 Items

$15.00

Books > 6-10 Items

$6.00

Books > More than 500

$30.00

Books > Up to 5 Items

$6.00

Magazines

$8.00

Other

$6.00

DVDs & Movies

Subcategory

Description

Maximum shipping cost

DVD & Blu-ray Discs

DVD & Blu-ray Discs

$3.00

Film

Film

$6.00

Laserdisc

Laserdisc

$6.00

Other Formats

Other Formats

$3.00

UMD

UMD

$5.00

VHS

VHS

$3.00

VHS Non-US (PAL)

VHS Non-US (PAL)

$5.00

Wholesale Lots

DVDs > 101-250 Items

$30.00

DVDs > 11-50 Items

$15.00

DVDs > 251-500 Items

$60.00

DVDs > 501-1000 Items

$120.00

DVDs > 51-100 Items

$25.00

DVDs > Up to 10 Items

$10.00

Mixed Lots

$10.00

Movies Accessories

$17.00

Other

$10.00

VHS > 101-500 Items

$30.00

VHS > 11-50 Items

$15.00

VHS > 51-100 Items

$25.00

VHS > More than 500 Items

$120.00

VHS > Up to 10 Items

$10.00

Music

Subcategory

Description

Maximum shipping cost

Accessories

Accessories

$5.00

Cassettes

Cassettes

$3.00

CDs

CDs

$3.00

DVD Audio

DVD Audio

$3.00

Other Formats

Other Formats

$3.00

Records

Records

$4.00

Super Audio CDs

Super Audio CDs

$3.00

Wholesale Lots

Cassettes

$10.00

CDs > 101-500 Items

$30.00

CDs > 11-100 Items

$20.00

CDs > More than 500 Items

$60.00

CDs > Up to 10 Items

$10.00

Other Formats

$10.00

Records > 11-50 Items

$15.00

Records > More than 50 Items

$25.00

Records > Up to 10 Items

$10.00

Video Games

Subcategory

Description

Maximum shipping cost

Accessories

Accessories

$6.00

Games

Games

$4.00

Internet Games

Games > Guild Wars

$6.00

Games > World of Warcraft

$3.00

Software & PC Versions

$6.00

Other

Other

$4.00

Systems

Systems

$15.00

Vintage Games

Vintage Games

$6.00

Wholesale Lots

Accessories

$10.00

Console Systems

$50.00

Games

$9.00

Other

$9.00

Large, heavy, or multiple items

If you're selling large or heavy items, multiple items, or an item bundle, you can use calculated shipping. Your buyer will be charged actual shipping cost based on the package information you provide, the service you select, and the buyer's location.

International sellers

International sellers listing directly on eBay.com in the U.S. are also required to specify a shipping cost less than or equal to the maximum shipping cost on their first flat rate US shipping cost.

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