One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing or selling on the eBay platform is shipping costs. Shipping costs can add a tremendous amount of money to products which would otherwise be great bargains. The costs could also scare away potential purchasers. This article will outline how you can reduce shipping costs when using eBay.

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If you're shipping an item inside of the United States, and it weighs less than 14 ounces, you should ship the product via first class mail. This is the cheapest and most effective option as it will go through the USPS.

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If your item weighs 14 ounces or more, you're going to want to use USPS priority mail. It's a bit more expensive, but is still considerably cheaper most other alternatives.

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If possible, use USPS Tyvek envelopes or "baggies" as opposed to boxes. Boxes will add bulk and weight which will increase your price.

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Eliminate "overpacking". Make sure your item is safe and secure, but don't overload the box.

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Purchase your packaging and shipping supplies in bulk. Bulk purchases will allow you to spread the cost across a number of different items. This will lower the rates you'll be expected to pay at a later stage.

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Take advantage of any shipping products which you can receive from the USPS or another shipping partner. This will allow you to dramatically lower the prices of shipping which will help you to create fantastic discounts for your customers.

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Do as much of your shipping online via the USPS website or the website of your shipping partner.