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Subject: Stamps.com
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:10 AM ET
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Can someone answer my questions?   I have been collecting a big pile of items I need to ebay this spring.  Did Ebay a few items in the past but found it very time consuming because of the trips to the PO.  How does stamps.com work?  After looking at their site, there doesn't seem to be a postal scale involved now .  How do I get the correct weigh?  Here is my suggestion to the PO.  Let a customer set up an account.  Then the customer prints out a label and the mailman picks up the package.  The PO weighs it  and bills your account.  The PO doesn't seem to be so friendly when you bring in several packages at a time, so this is the solution to this whole problem.  They can take care of the packages at their convience.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 7:51 PM ET
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To do postage at home, you HAVE to be able to weigh the package so you will need a scale.  Doesn't have to be anything fancy, as long as it accurately weighs it'll do.

Stamps.com charges you for the postage plus a monthly usage fee.  Endicia.com is the same way.  You can do Priority or Express mail for nothing more than the postage cost at the USPS website and then you can request a free carrier pickup for the packages.  You can also use Paypal.com for postage, there's also no additional fee beyond the postage there.  You can still request a free carrier pickup but you have to have at least one Priority Mail package going out.

If you don't want to do your postage at home, have a chat with your postmaster about the best time of the day for you to bring in multiple packages.  Most POs have a slow time of day and if you can work your schedule to be there at that time, that may work best for you.

You may want to check out Ebay's recent (and upcoming) changes, up front listing fees are now a bit lower but the FVF is now a bigger percentage.  Also, as a seller, you will only be able to leave positive feedback for buyers, you won't be able to leave anything else.  They can neg or netural you though if they want to and both will count towards your feedback percentage.

Peg D. (muummom) - ,
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 11:22 PM ET
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I sell on half.com and amazon.com .  I use paypal for postage, and love it.  Husband mails envelopes on his way to work, or I take off as soon as the last day care kid leaves & throw things in a blue box (last pick-up of the day is 6:00).  I virtually never have to go to the post office.

However, a scale is a necessary.  I wouldn't sell online without one. 

 

 

Subject: A scale
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all the good advice!  Where do I purchase the most accurate scale? any suggestions?
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:52 PM ET
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They sell one here in the Kiosk.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 2:35 PM ET
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Any scale will work.  You can get on in the kiosk here, you can buy them at the PO, you can buy them at any office supply store, you can buy them on Ebay.  You can test the scale you buy by weighing something on it and then having your PO weigh the same item.  I use a food scale I picked up at the drugstore, it was less than $5 and weighs stuff up to 1lb.

Subject: scale
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:18 PM ET
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When I asked my local PO personnel, she told me that the most accurate one she has seen is one that hooks into a computer.  Have any idea what she is talking about?  Also what happens if there is not enough postage on the package and the mailman has picked it up?  Is it sent back? Is it smart to put an extra .5 ounce on the online postage to correct the difference between my scale and the PO scale?

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Jill, don't worry about any difference in your scale and a PO scale. As long as the online postage doesn't seem 'out of line', no one is going to bother weighing it again. And you don't need a scale that hooks up to a computer. The advise given by Sarah is pretty accurate. I happen to have a small one I got free when I signed up for stamps.com a few years ago ( I no longer use the service), but since I was sending heavier packages out, I bought one on ebay that weighs up to 35 lbs.

If you weigh your packages with a scale, you don't need to worry about not putting enough postage on them.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:44 PM ET
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Good advice Connie.  I guess the thousand of packages that USPS handles a day they don't need to weigh every package that is picked up.  I will check out ebay.  When you used stamp.com ,was it hard to cancel the service?

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:36 PM ET
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Yes, it was a real pain!!

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 12:49 AM ET
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Jill, if you are going to be selling on eBay, check out their PayPal postage - it's a wonderful and easy-to-use service, and you only pay for the postage - no add'l fees for eBayers....

eta:  You'll still need a scale!!  I have a great one - digital - that I bought at a kitchen appliance store. It weighs up to 5.5 lbs.



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Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 8:43 AM ET
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Connie, Thanks for letting me know about stamps.com.  I was thinking about taknig their offer because of the free scale but my time is worth $$$.  I can buy a scale.

Anna, can you buy all rates of postage on PP (media, priority, first class, ect...)?

You guys have really thelped his newbie in the postage world.

Thanks

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 11:38 AM ET
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For priority shipping, I use USPS Click N Ship. For other online shipping (when I can't use PBS), I use paypal. They offer Express Mail, Priority Mail, first class, parcel post and media mail services.  Let me find the link to their shipping page for you to bookmark.

Here's the link to the USPS-Paypal online mailing service.



Last Edited on: 2/5/08 11:45 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: selling on ebay
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:39 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2007
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I sell on ebay all the time and right from the MY EBAY listing of your sold items, select print shipping label on your item and it takes you all the way through the whole process - you never have to reenter any information.  You can print your shipping label and a packing slip and even request a free carrier pickup (as long as you have at least 1 priority or express mail shipment).   I use a little inexpensive postal scale that goes up to 2 pounds and I have never had a problem with the weight. You put the weight in when you are listing the item along with the shipping methods.

Don't forget to figure in the 18 cent delivery confirmation cost for 1st class or media mail - they add they automatically.

The UPSP tracking information is available from my ebay:  click on order details and then label created.  You can click on it and they will tell you when your package was delivered.

They have really made it easy and seamless. 

 

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 2/5/08 9:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Subject: stamps.com
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I have to agree with the other two who said cancelling stamps.com was horrible.

They refuse to refund any portion of your monthly fee even if you cancel on the day it's scheduled to be charged. They also required that I call back in 2 days to confirm it. I also loved that I couldn't understand the customer service reps English very well.

K.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:27 PM ET
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The best function I wish my scale has is that it will continue to show the weight for a few seconds after the item being weighed is taken off.

It's a little tricky weighing the coffee table books and some hardcovers.  Tricky, too, for a lot of items I've sold on eBay.