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FedEx > UPS for eBay bike buying/selling


Old 11-27-16, 03:23 PM
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FedEx > UPS for eBay bike buying/selling

I'm new-ish to bike building/refurbing and this has resulted in me doing a good deal more buying/selling on eBay.

One of the things I've discovered is that FedEx is vastly more user-friendly via eBay than UPS.

UPS makes you register and create an account to ship via eBay. There is supposedly an eBay discount for shipping via UPS, but the discount does not apply immediately when you open your account and they're vague about when or whether you'll actually get the discount. The net result of this is that when eBay calculates a shipping cost for your buyer, the shipping charges eBay collects from your buyer do not cover your actual shipping costs. Also, on the recipient end, UPS requires a user-hostile rigamarole to schedule a delivery time or change delivery location, often charging you fees for such changes.

FedEx is a totally different experience. The calculated shipping cost is exactly the same as the actual shipping cost. The dropoff location has longer hours. The nice lady at the dropoff location lets you use her roll of heavy duty packing tape when you ran out. You can purchase and print your shipping label, WITH THE eBay DISCOUNT, directly from eBay - no signing up for another online account, with more passwords and user IDs and junk mail. Finally, the FedEx home delivery service is actually cheaper than UPS ground, albeit with a slightly longer transit time.

Just sharing because I had to learn all of the above the hard way
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I've bought and sold over a thousand items on eBay and have boxed and shipped well over 500 bikes.

USPS: Small boxes
FedEx: Large boxes

There're exceptions to everything but that's what works best for me.

When I sell I NEVER use eBay's shipping calculator. I calculate cost ahead of time based on shipping from my house in Tampa to Seattle and built that cost into my 'Buy Now' price. All of my items are 'But Now' with 'free shipping'. And I always select the 'economy shipping' option when I sell as that gives me a lot leeway in choosing the shipping method. Sometimes 'Priority' is less than 'parcel post' of whatever they call it now and through ebay packages up to 16oz can be shipped 'first class'. Oddly enough FedEx has an option in which they use USPS for final delivery and sometimes it less expensive then going straight through USPS!!
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For shipping whole bikes, it's been my observation that services like BikeFlights are WAY cheaper than FedEx, UPS, or USPS.
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