Earlier this year eBay introduced the eBay standard envelope shipping option, and whilst it was reported there were some issues regarding USPS early on, eBay is now expanding this option to more categories.
eBay is now rolling out this shipping option through eBay labels to postcards, stamps and the coins & paper money categories.
You can see the full announcement from eBay here:
“In January we introduced the eBay standard envelope through eBay Labels for Trading Cards sellers, with trackable shipping on items below 3 ounces for under $1. We’ve expanded the shipping service to Postcards, Stamps, Coins & Paper Money, giving you a more secure way to ship than with a stamp. With tracking integrated into the label, and with automatic tracking uploaded to the order will help you meet the qualifications for Top Rated Seller.
eBay standard envelope benefits
eBay standard envelope saves you up to 70%* off competitive services and is the lower cost way to ship small, lightweight items.
You also get:
- Standard-size envelope convenience
- Drop-off convenience at regular USPS locations or in your mailbox with a raised flag for USPS pickup.
- Discounted shipping rate not available at retail locations
- Integrated tracking automatically uploaded for you and your buyer – acceptance scan not required
- Shipping protection plan up to $20 on single items and up to $50 on combined items, in case of loss or damage
- Integrated tracking and shipping protection meets requirement for Top Rated Seller eligibility
Price comparison: eBay standard envelope and USPS First-Class Package Service
When you sell and ship items in eligible categories that weigh 3 ounces or less, you’ll save up to 70% compared to USPS First-Class Package Service. For example, two vintage postcards inside of a standard A10 sized envelope weighing half an ounce, will cost $0.51 with delivery anywhere in the US.
Envelope size requirements
Envelope dimensions, thickness and weight need to be within specific parameters to ensure cost is under $1. We’ve created a downloadable PDF template here for you to check most sizes and thickness.
- Minimum envelope dimensions: 3.5” x 5”
- Maximum envelope dimensions: 6.125” x 11.5”
- Maximum thickness of sealed package: .25”
- Maximum weight: 3 oz.
eBay standard envelope complements other recent eBay shipping services including eBay international standard, QR Code for eBay Labels, weekend handling times, and our UPS collaboration. We’re continuing to develop a spectrum of original shipping solutions that address your specific needs, support your business, and protect you when you need it while still delivering a great shopping experience for buyers.
Watch a video of eBay trading cards expert Nicole Columbo’s announcement of the eBay standard envelope that’s generating excitement across our marketplace.“
Have you used the eBay Standard envelope shipping option? Will you now be using it if it’s available in your categories? Let us know in the comments or in our Facebook Group.
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