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Providing shipping options and details in your listing
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Offer free or discounted shipping

Offering free shipping or multiple-item discounts encourages buyers to purchase additional items from you.

To offer free shipping, select the Free shipping check box when you list your item. When buyers search for items, they can sort results by Price + Shipping. Items with free shipping or low shipping costs rank higher in search results.

Learn more about specifying your shipping costs and locations.

Tip: Offer free shipping—if we can confirm a buyer didn't pay for shipping, you'll automatically receive a 5-star detailed seller rating for shipping and handling charges.

Offer a fast shipping option

Even if you offer a free shipping option, buyers appreciate the option to pay for faster delivery. So it's a good idea to offer an expedited shipping option. For large or heavy items, you should also consider offering the option of picking up the item in person.

When you list your item, you can choose from several shipping services and estimated shipping times. Remember that only USPS ships to a P.O. Box.

Here are some of the fast shipping methods available:

Shipping service name

Shipping speed

USPS Priority Mail Express

One-day

USPS Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope

One-day

UPS Next Day Air Saver

One-day

UPS Next Day Air

One-day

One-day shipping

One-day

USPS Priority Mail

Expedited

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope

Expedited

USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box

Expedited

USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box

Expedited

USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

Expedited

UPS 2nd Day Air

Expedited

Expedited shipping

Expedited

Expedited shipping from outside the US

Expedited

Specify the location of the item

You should accurately describe the location of your item using the ZIP code where it's located. This can make your listing more attractive to buyers in your area, because they can save on shipping and get their item more quickly.

This is especially important if you're selling large, heavy, or fragile items that need to be picked up in person.

Remember that misrepresenting the location of your item is against our policies.

Make sure your shipping costs are reasonable

If you're not sure of how to calculate shipping costs, check our selling practices policy. You can check the actual cost of shipping your item directly on the US Postal Service website, the UPS website, or the FedEx website.

Tip: If you offer to ship an item internationally, provide the buyer with an accurate shipping estimate. This will make your item more attractive to international buyers. Find out more about shipping internationally.

Provide an accurate handling time

Handling time is the number of business days you will take to ship the item after receiving the buyer's payment.

You can choose a handling time of same business day to 30 business days. For same business day handling, you can also choose an order cut off time.

Always include an accurate handling time in your listing. Buyers expect items purchased online to be delivered quickly. It's best to try and ship all your items within 1 business day of the buyer's payment being cleared. If possible, ship the same business day you get the buyer's payment.

Tip: Buyer dissatisfaction increases significantly when handling times are longer than 3 days. We strongly encourage handling times of 3 days or fewer.

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