Sunday evenings Frank and I enjoy watching the TV show on the Hallmark Channel "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" with Eric Mabius as Oliver and Kristin Booth as Shane. If you haven't seen the show it is about four postal detectives that work to solve the mysteries behind undeliverable letters and packages from the past. EBay sellers send out packages daily and pray and wait to see if their packages arrive safely to their Buyers. The package above is an item I ordered and this is how it arrived. I asked my friend Duane Haley owner of Mail Box Plus in Yuba City, who is a Certified Packing Specialist and Certified International Shipping Specialist to share with you a few tips on shipping.
Tips for Shipping Satisfaction
Small and light -- No kidding that it can cost a fortune these days to ship large items! UPS and FedEx use dimension when calculating how much it costs to ship a box. The Post Office also has a "balloon charge" for "oversize" packages. When choosing a gift that will need to be mailed, think small and light. It will save you a bundle when it comes time to ship.
Ship early -- Overnight shipping has gone up with fuel prices in recent years, so be prepared for sticker shock if you wait til the last minute. If you ship two weeks before your arrival date you have plenty of time to get it there for the least amount for most locations. Ground service by UPS and FedEx can take a week to cross the country. USPS's slower service is 2 weeks, and longer to Alaska and Hawaii....
Over-pack-- The secret to having fragile or delicate items arrive in good condition is to over-pack. Double box fragile items. Marking "Fragile" on the box will not change the way it is handled by the machines that sort your packages at every sort facility between Yuba City and Bangor, Maine. If it won't survive a drop of four feet onto a concrete floor, it probably won't arrive at its destination unscathed. Use generous amounts of bubble wrap and packaging peanuts. For heavier items, use polystyrene foam or plank. And remember to overfill the box with peanut/packaging materials as they will compress in transit and you don't want the item moving or banging around inside the box.
If you follow Duane's tips this can help your package arrive safely and prevent your box from ending up in the dead letter office!
Do you love estate/yard sales? Have you always wondered what makes a sale run smoothly? There are lots of things that go on behind the scene for a profitable and successful estate or yard sale. Estate sales can be lots of fun if you are organized and plan ahead. I can use volunteers to sort, price, bag, display items, help at the check out, etc. Heavy lifting is not required. If this sounds like something you would like to do and would like to be added to my volunteer list or just get more information on how you can help please email me today firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 530-693-0386.
EBay Policy Changes
If you are a Top Rated Seller eBay is requiring that you offer a 90 day return policy with the items you sell in order to maintain your status instead of 14 days. I like the fact that as a Buyer I can start shopping early in November for Christmas gifts for my family and friends. If they don't like the gift then I have till the end of January to return the item and get my money back (minus shipping). I DO NOT like this policy as a Seller because it will mean the items I sell for other people as a Trading Assistant in November and December my clients will have to wait until the second week of February to get paid. EBay feels this will encourage more sales overall and buyers can buy with confidence. To read more about this policy read here. The percentage of returns has not been that high in the past but it will change my business practices. If I currently have an item listed for you and you do not want it listed during November and December please email me at email@example.com and let me know by October 10, 2014. You can also give me a call at 530-693-0386 to discuss the pro's and con's of having your items listed during the holiday season.
Power U or EBay University features Instructors on their website. I have the honor of being chosen to be one of the twelve featured. click here to view the website.
Basics of Selling on EBay
Thursday August 14, 2014 9 am-11:30 pm
Beyond The Basics
Thursday August 14,14 11:30 am-2:00 pm
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EBay Stores Class
Tuesday August 19, 2014 9:00 am-2:00 pm