If you sell products on the web or eBay as your home-based business, how do you charge shipping charges? If it’s a website with a shopping cart, you probably have real-time carrier rates built into the cart. But what about eBay? eBay let’s you choose between selecting a flat rate fee to display or showing the fee as calculated based on the buyer’s postal/zip code.
In this blog entry, I talked about how eBay is cracking down on exorbitant shipping charges. One way around getting in trouble with shipping charges is to display the calculated option. On the shipping options, choose the “Calculated: based on buyer’s address” tab. Fill in the weight and choose from the types of packaging. This will cause your eBay listing to show a link for the buyer to calculate fees.
We’ve only started experimenting with this and so far it looks like eBay buyers prefer to see the flat rate as long as it’s reasonable. I suppose it plays in with making the shopping and sales process easier. If you use the shipping calculator, the buyer will have to do ‘extra work’ to figure out their shipping. While some do, I suspect many don’t like this feature.
What about you? Do you have experience with eBay’s shipping calculator?