How To Quickly Find Cheap eBay Shipping Options
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Hi guys, Neil Waterhouse. This week’s video shows you how to ship items cheap to your eBay buyers. However, this also works for Amazon, Shopify, et cetera. And this strategy also works in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, et cetera. So let’s launch straight into it. As most people know, there are many, many different shipping/courier companies in Australia. For instance, we’ve got Australia Post, TNT, Couriers Please, Fastway, et cetera, et cetera. In America, UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, et cetera.
How on earth do you find the cheapest courier to ship your items?
So how on earth do you find the cheapest courier to ship your items? Of course, that also depends on where you’re located, ’cause that changes the price, of course, as well. And also, how do you ship with these companies tomorrow, if you don’t already have an account with them? Let me show you now.
How to find the cheapest option
And I’ll show you how to find the cheapest option and the amazing part is, you can have one of these courier companies pick up from your house tomorrow. Even if you don’t have an account with that courier company already. When I first discovered what I’m going to show you now, it blew me away. I’ve been shipping items all over the world for over 30 years and I’ve had to jump through a ton of hoops to set up accounts with the major shipping companies all over the world. And you don’t need to do that. So here is how to do it.
The secret is courier comparison websites
The secret is courier comparison websites. Now these shipping comparison websites they work just like airline comparison websites and insurance comparison websites. So let’s say, forgetting COVID-19, let’s say you want to fly from say Sydney to Los Angeles. If you go to an airline comparison website like say, Webjet.com and you enter where you’re flying from, i.e. Sydney, and your destination, say Los Angeles and also enter the date you wish to fly, you then click the Search Flights button and Webjet will show you the prices from all the major airlines, all sorted by the cheapest first. You can then, also, get out your credit card and book the flight with Webjet right there and then.
Shipping comparison engines work exactly the same
Now, shipping comparison engines work exactly the same and they work for sending items locally, i.e. Sydney to Melbourne and many also work for international shipping as well. Say, you know, Sydney to London or London or Paris or whatever. For instance in Australia, one of these courier comparison websites, is baggagefreight.com.au.
Most shipping comparison websites, you just enter in your postcode and the customer’s postcode
And like with most shipping comparison websites, you just enter in your postcode and the customer’s postcode, the size of the item and the weight of the item and hit search and the shipping comparison engine will show the cheapest courier. In this example, I use a sending postcode of 2000 and a destination postcode of 3000 and a weight of five kilograms.
Baggage Freight, shows Couriers Please to be the cheapest courier
As you can see this shipping comparison engine, you know, Baggage Freight, shows Couriers Please to be the cheapest courier. Now the most amazing part is, let’s say Baggage Freight says, I don’t know, TNT is your cheapest option, but don’t have an account with TNT. Well, good news. Just like with Webjet, you can book a flight, you know, right then and there using your credit card, you can do the same with most shipping comparison websites, including Baggage Freight.
In the USA, Easyship is a popular shipping comparison website
In the USA, Easyship is a popular shipping comparison website. And to find more, no matter what country you’re in, just Google shipping comparison calculator or shipping comparison website and Google will show you the shipping comparison calculators in your country. Another great use of these shipping comparison calculators is if you ever need to pick up something and have it bought back to you, especially if it’s a large item like say, an air conditioner or a barbecue or something similar, you can simply log into a courier comparison website like Baggage Freight and find the cheapest courier and book it using your credit card right then and then.
You don’t need to have an account
You don’t need to have an account. And another great use of these shipping comparison calculators is to keep your courier reps honest. Let’s say you’ve got an account with, say Australia Post or Fastway Couriers. How do you know if they’re giving you a good rate? Well, you simply compare the rates that they’ve given you to the rates on the courier comparison website. We do this at least once every six months to make sure our reps are giving us a good rate.
We can actually get cheaper rates at somewhere like Baggage Freight
And quite often we’ve found that we can actually get cheaper rates at somewhere like Baggage Freight, so we go back to the rep and hey, what’s going on? Anyway, that’s all for this week. I hope this video helped you with how to find cheap eBay shipping options. If you need any help scaling your dropship business, make sure you check out the step-by-step videos below. And also please scroll on down and leave me a comment below. And while you’re there, make sure you hit the Subscribe button to the No-Fluff channel and Academy that figures out anyone can make a full-time living from their home using eBay and Amazon. Until next week, stay safe, list more, sell more. This is Neil Waterhouse.
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Great video, I’m going to give this a go especially for my larger bulkier items, often I shy away from stocking them as the postage rates have tended to greatly strip away any profit in the deals.
I was wondering if you could give us some similar tips for importing goods from overseas? I recently found a supplier on Alibaba that had what I needed but shipping killed the deal. They gave me a USD160 quote to ship a box about the size of a carton of beer from the factory in China to me in Brisbane. There wasn’t much of a difference in cost between air and sea even though I thought the sea was supposed to be cheaper because it was slower. I’ve heard that there are ways to share a container or purchase cubic meter volumes at discount prices, do you know anything about these options. I’d import a lot more if I could get shipping costs under control. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
Great video, I’m definitely going to give this a go. I’ve had multiple instances where domestic shipping costs simply kill the deal so hopefully, this will help.
I was also wondering if you could do a separate piece on shipping from overseas. I recently got a quote from a supplier on Alibaba, they wanted to charge me USD160 for a box no bigger than a carton of beer. It didn’t seem to matter much if I took the air or sea option as they were almost the same. I’ve heard rumours that there are ways to share containers or purchase space by the cubic meter and that this can work out a lot cheaper. Time and time again these shipping costs have stripped out any potential profit margins for goods that look to import but I keep seeing other sellers offering the items at a lower price than I can import them into Australia for. There must be a way to do this but I simply don’t know what it is. Any advice you have on how to minimise overseas shipping costs would be greatly appreciated.
Great advice, just be aware that the comparison websites take some profit away from the carriers and when a driver is under pressure, the deliveries for account customers could be prioritised over broker/ comparison website deliveries. Some also require 24 hours notice to arrange a pick-up making that delivery one day later than would otherwise be the case.
thanks again Neil
Your very welcome Robyn.
Good video Neil..but in all honesty i think Sendle offers the most competitive rates for local delivery.. thoughts??
There are many variables.
It all depends on your location, the location of your buyer, the weight of the item, the dimensions of the item etc etc.
We find Sendle is sometimes cheaper for some deliveries and other courier companies for other areas.
just letting you know that when i checked out baggage freight they have a 2 star rating and terrible reviews..