Combining shipping on eBay orders is a great way to simplify the shipping process for both buyer and seller. Sellers have the option to combine shipping when a single buyer purchases multiple items. This is a great way to save on shipping costs and increase your overall profit margins.
There are a few different methods available for sellers looking to combine shipping. In this article, we will explore how to combine shipping and the best methods for different situations.
How to Combine eBay Shipments Automatically
The most hassle-free method for combining shipping on orders is to have it automatically displayed to your customer as a shipping option. This encourages customers to choose combined shipping and allows you to keep combined shipping rates consistent across listings. You can even incentivize customers to use the combined shipping option by offering discounted or free shipping on high dollar orders.
While these options are definitely attractive to buyers looking to save a bit on shipping costs, it should be noted that the combined shipping option does not show up on the listing page itself. Customers can only view combined shipping rates if they proceed to shipping options on an item.
If you are interested in setting up rules for combined shipping rates on your seller account, simply visit the “my eBay portal” and click on the account tab. In the site preferences category, there will be an option to set shipping preferences.
At this point, you will be directed to the screen displayed above. From here, you will want to click the edit button across from the offer combined payments and shipping option and change it to yes. With that, combined shipping will be automatically offered on your listing page for prospective buyers.
How to Combine Shipping on eBay Manually
Combining shipping on eBay manually is slightly trickier, but still a relatively simple process for users with a bit of experience navigating eBay’s settings. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to have enabled eBay checkout if you have not done so already in order to use manual combined shipping.
The first way to combine shipping on eBay manually is to provide a combined invoice or for shipping costs and send it to the customer before payment is processed. The downside of this option is that buyers only have a small amount of time between the order being placed and the payment being processed to combine the invoice and send it along before the payment is finalized. The easiest way to get around this issue is to simply offer automatic combined shipping or to offer free shipping on combined orders to avoid negative feedback.
The second method for combining shipping manually is to use eBay’s bulk shipping feature. To do this, you will need to access the My eBay portal and click the selling tab. Once there, you will want to click the “Sold (or Awaiting Shipping)” option.
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Next, select the items in the order that you would like to combine shipping for and select the “Print shipping labels or invoices” option from the shipping action drop-down menu at the top of the page. You will then need to click the US Postage Service or UPS shipping label option.
At this point, you will be automatically prompted to combine shipping by an alert at the top of the page. After clicking on the alert, you click “show order to combine” and follow the directions in the combine shipments overlay window to complete the process.
You will be redirected to the eBay bulk shipping main page where you can complete the shipment process as usual. Once again, time is of the essence in this process, as customers may leave negative feedback if you fail to meet stated handling times.
To learn more about how to prevent negative feedback for poor delivery practices, check out Mallory Peek’s article Your Guide to eBay Guaranteed Delivery on the Subivi Times.
How to Combine Shipping as a Buyer on eBay
Combining shipping is a much easier process for buyers than sellers. A buyer looking to combine shipping on eBay simply needs to select the “request total from seller” option in the top right corner of the shopping cart to process the order as one shipment.
In conclusion, combing shipping on eBay is a great way to attract customers with the prospect of saving on shipping costs. If the seller offers free shipping already, it is a great way to increase profit margins. All in all, with a bit of background knowledge, combining shipping is a great option for buyers and sellers alike on eBay.