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Has anyone else seen this new shipping feature on eBay, Standard Envelope? I've only just skimmed it, and this could prove interesting. Up to 15 raw cards or one sealed pack, with a maximum shipping cost of $0.91. There is a limit on the value of the card(s) that can be shipped, which is $20.00. No bubble mailers allowed, and the envelope sizes are somewhat small (max of 6 inches by 11 inches).

This could have a significant impact on the sales of cards, both sports and non-sports, on the site.
 
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Definitely looks promising.
 
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when they say maximum cost $0.91 i assume that means within the usa only.

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Originally posted by wolfie:
when they say maximum cost $0.91 i assume that means within the usa only.


I would assume so, as that is actually slightly less than the retail postage of a three ounce letter mailed First Class within the US.
 
Posts: 1415 | Location: Prairieville, LA | Registered: May 30, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Maximum postage is 91 cents.

But...
Envelope and label cost money too
And, eBay charges fees on shipping.

I bought some photo mailers and will give it a try on promos. But it won't be 91 cents.

Good luck getting 15 cards in an envelope under the 1/4" thickness limit.

I'm curious how the Post Office handles these. If they have to go through the sorting machines, I see issues coming.

I'm skeptical that this is the huge game changer everyone thinks it is.

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I think the bigger impact for this change will be if it comes off of eBay. I'm pretty sure this includes tracking, which is the game changer in my opinion.

That said I haven't looked closely at the rules, but if you could send a card in a PWE with tracking for a buck I think that will open up trading more.
 
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Yes, at least for now this is strictly an eBay thing. They negotiated the rate with USPS.

Some interesting things though...

They still print the label at 4x6. I haven't tried wrapping that around a traditional PWE.

I bought photo mailer envelopes (19 Cents) and a Label costs too (About 10 cents). So at 2 ounces the cost is actually $1.10 and 3 ounces is $1.30. I can't make the mailer and a toploaded card go to 1 ounce. Also keep in mind if you charge for shipping, eBay charges you FVF on the shipping amount.

So, we're getting this for about half price or so compared to a bubble mailer. Time will tell if cheaper shipping results in any more sales.

And yes, this is only domestic. International shipping still starts at about $13 for a tracked package.

Ed

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