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How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 23, 2009 10:20PM
We've begun going through these Legos and were looking at selling them
in lots of 10 lbs. each, except certain mini figures and naturally the sealed sets
will be sold whole. We haven't sold much at all in the last couple years
and I was checking shipping charges from like here in NC to WA and
11 lbs is like $17 Parcel Post, FedEx is like $16.50 and UPS is about $18.
Shippers have really increased their rates in the last couple years yet I see
a lot people offering free shipping, with the increase in eBay and Paypal
fees I don't see how they do it. We've been on eBay for 11 years and have
feedback of well over 3000 and I believe I've found another reason people
have stopped selling on eBay. I guess we're going to have to do the
calculated method of shipping charges because I'd hate to have charge
someone the next state over $18 to ship 11lbs. We used to be able to
come up with a decent flat rate and everyone was happy but I don't think
I can go that route anymore.



Grateful11
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 23, 2009 10:27PM
why sell?

[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 23, 2009 10:52PM
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space-time
why sell?

[forums.macresource.com]

I saw that earlier. You won't believe how many Legos we have. We
went out and bought 10 16-gallon containers and didn't make a dent in them.
We're having to sort all of them out as we're finding a very small amount
of MegaBloks in with them, buyers will freakout if they find any MegaBloks
mixed in. I've shot a few pictures of boxes and containers of the Legos.
We have an overload of black Legos, I'm assuming that the outer walls
of this guys Lego Town was made with black Legos or something. I tried
to find someone while at the auction with a picture of what the town
was like before the auction co. dismantled it. I think we may have decided to
keep the Millenium Falcon Classic edition, nearly 3 ft long, still sealed
in the box. I figure I'd never pay $500 for one down the road. I think
I read it's largest set they've ever released.

[starwars.lego.com]

My sons are 19 and 20 but still like Legos, they still have all the Legos
we bought them when they were younger. Recently they picked up a
motorized Star Wars AT-AT Lego and they already built the AT-ST we
got at the auction. We also ended up with a lot Disney Monorail stuff
that some of which got mixed in with the Legos so we have to sort
through all the Legos before we can do anything with the Disney stuff.



Grateful11
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: dmann
Date: August 23, 2009 10:53PM
Will they fit in one of the flat rate boxes from the USPS? You can ship anything up to 70lbs in one of those.

[www.usps.com]

You can also do insurance, delivery confirmation, etc.

I started using them last year to send samples to my customers and it has worked very well.

DM
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 23, 2009 11:02PM
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dmann
Will they fit in one of the flat rate boxes from the USPS? You can ship anything up to 70lbs in one of those.

[www.usps.com]

You can also do insurance, delivery confirmation, etc.

I started using them last year to send samples to my customers and it has worked very well.

DM

My wife said the biggest flat rate cube style box used to be 12x12x9".
We can't get 10 lbs in that. Unless they have something bigger now.
10 lbs. of Legos take up quite a bit of space.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 23, 2009 11:07PM
are these small legos or big legos or mixed? I am not sure how many sizes there are, I know we have 2 types. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: jonny
Date: August 23, 2009 11:08PM
10 16-GALLON containers??

160 gallons of Legos?

wow
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 23, 2009 11:15PM
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jonny
10 16-GALLON containers??

160 gallons of Legos?

wow

perhaps you missed this:

[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 23, 2009 11:18PM
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jonny
10 16-GALLON containers??

160 gallons of Legos?

wow

We used a couple containers for the Disney Monorail stuff and the others
for Legos but we still have several huge boxes that we needed a hand
truck to handle. The guy ordered them in bulk direct from the factory.
We found several receipts are a 1000 of this and 1000 of that. It's pretty
sick.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: dmann
Date: August 23, 2009 11:21PM
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Grateful11
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dmann
Will they fit in one of the flat rate boxes from the USPS? You can ship anything up to 70lbs in one of those.

[www.usps.com]

You can also do insurance, delivery confirmation, etc.

I started using them last year to send samples to my customers and it has worked very well.

DM

My wife said the biggest flat rate cube style box used to be 12x12x9".
We can't get 10 lbs in that. Unless they have something bigger now.
10 lbs. of Legos take up quite a bit of space.

Ah. I don't think the boxes are any bigger than that. Bummer.

DM
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 23, 2009 11:23PM
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space-time
are these small legos or big legos or mixed? I am not sure how many sizes there are, I know we have 2 types. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.

99.9% are standard size, so far we've only found a handful of the larger
Lego Duplo line. I can't believe the number of large flat building plates
we've found, quite a few of those have cut down to custom sizes. A lot of
plates were never opened. We've also found coins, chalk, screws, nails,
scissors, crayons, etc.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Date: August 23, 2009 11:28PM
I remember something about getting some sort of a frequent shipper business account with either UPS or FedEx can get a big break. I got something shipped to me from a small Amazon partner that was about $9 for an eight pound package.



in tha 510.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: August 24, 2009 12:16AM
Since the USPS switched over to a dimensional weight formula last may there is no such thing as cheap shipping! People give away free shipping in order to get better visibility in the search rankings but unless you are selling big $ items with a high profit margin, or very small & light items that can go as first class mail, there is no point in doing this.

FedEx Ground is the cheapest thing going at the moment.

If I can't fit the item into a Small USPS flat rate box or envelope for $4.95 then its going FX Ground.



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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: August 24, 2009 12:17AM
Are you an eBay PowerSeller? Is your UPS account tied to your Paypal account? I don't know how I did it the first time I became a PowerSeller, but when I did, I got lumped into some eBay UPS discount and my UPS rates dropped dramatically (and luckily have stayed that way even though I usually don't sell enough to maintain PowerSeller status year-round).
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: August 24, 2009 12:30AM
How about Craigslist and sell locally or regionally and do a personal delivery or a home pickup or half way in between?

Edit... Nothing lost in trying!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/24/2009 12:31AM by M>B>.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 24, 2009 12:41AM
Grateful11,
First, somehow when I was showing my daughter how to use a computer with my iBook she set you on ignore. Weird.

Secondly, I don't know the solution to your problem, but I too have questioned the ability for eBay sellers or other merchants to offer free shipping. I rarely ever pay for shipping and when I do, it is cheap. I don't buy a lot of high dollar items either. $100 or less, with most being under $25.


Nathan
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: sunfalcon
Date: August 24, 2009 07:09AM
Let us know when you are selling. I'd be interested in some for my son - he loves legos!!
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 24, 2009 07:42AM
most people aren't shipping legos





VTPKL it!
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 24, 2009 08:07AM
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Gareth
Are you an eBay PowerSeller? Is your UPS account tied to your Paypal account? I don't know how I did it the first time I became a PowerSeller, but when I did, I got lumped into some eBay UPS discount and my UPS rates dropped dramatically (and luckily have stayed that way even though I usually don't sell enough to maintain PowerSeller status year-round).

We've qualified for PowerSeller status numerous times but always declined.
We didn't really want show up as a PowerSeller for a couple months and
then have to drop off of it the majority of the year.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 24, 2009 08:44AM
If you make the boxes out of Legos, maybe you can save the weight of the cardboard.


Twice I've gotten the same $6 eBay item shipped free directly from Hong Kong (not dropped shipped...actually from Hong Kong with a customs declaration on it)--and it arrived within days, as fast as a domestic package. Explain where the profit is in that!

[cgi.ebay.com]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/24/2009 08:52AM by Acer.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: wurm
Date: August 24, 2009 08:53AM
Free item Monday is just two weeks away. :-)
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 24, 2009 09:35AM
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Acer
If you make the boxes out of Legos, maybe you can save the weight of the cardboard.


Twice I've gotten the same $6 eBay item shipped free directly from
Hong Kong (not dropped shipped...actually from Hong Kong with a
customs declaration on it)--and it arrived within days, as fast as a
domestic package. Explain where the profit is in that!

[cgi.ebay.com]

Hey that's idea just build into a big cube and wrap it in plastic wrap.

We ordered our oldest sons books for college online this year and 2 came
from Malaysia and they charged $4.00 to ship and we had them 2 days
after we ordered them. They came via UPS.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/24/2009 09:37AM by Grateful11.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: AAA
Date: August 24, 2009 10:04AM
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Acer
If you make the boxes out of Legos, maybe you can save the weight of the cardboard.

Brilliant
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Psurfer
Date: August 24, 2009 10:06AM
I've wondered the same thing as Acer, except the items I bought were $2.99, shipped free from Hong Kong! Arrived within a week.

THIS is why the Chinese will rule the world.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: TL
Date: August 24, 2009 10:31AM
If/when you achieve PowerSeller status you can decline to have the logo shown. Accepting it is really not a bad thing, as it can mean some decent fee discounts and other perks.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 24, 2009 11:08AM
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TL
If/when you achieve PowerSeller status you can decline to have the logo shown. Accepting it is really not a bad thing, as it can mean some decent fee discounts and other perks.

I suppose the DSR ratings play into your PowerSeller status now too?
DSR rating hurts small time sellers IMHO.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 24, 2009 08:27PM
...uh, they make it up on volume??? dunno smiley
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 24, 2009 08:53PM
Here's why it's unfair:

"eBay Detailed Seller Ratings (Star System) Unfair to Small Sellers"

[blog.skipmcgrath.com]
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: decay
Date: August 24, 2009 09:38PM
my brother (left) and i built a Lego city complete with a "duo-rail" - the tracks at the end rotated so the car could go all the way around.

this was just the start of it:

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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: jonny
Date: August 24, 2009 11:53PM
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decay
my brother (left) and i built a Lego city complete with a "duo-rail" - the tracks at the end rotated so the car could go all the way around.

this was just the start of it:


That is an awesome picture!
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 25, 2009 10:15AM
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decay
my brother (left) and i built a Lego city complete with a "duo-rail" - the tracks at the end rotated so the car could go all the way around.

this was just the start of it:


Priceless! My brother and I are 12 years apart never really knew him as a brother.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: decay
Date: August 25, 2009 11:59PM
more Lego Star Wars, created by me - long before KITS were available.

YES, i took photos of them, probably with a crappy 110 film camera!

AT-AT


AT-ST & turret


Cloud City pod car


Slave 1




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I buy records. Getting rid of some? Let me know.
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Re: How can one afford to provide free shipping with eBay?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 27, 2009 11:18PM
Very nice! I especially like the AT-AT and the Cloud cars.
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