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4. Selling > 59. Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing

Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing

Use a variety of tools to allow your customers to determine shipping costs without having to bother you.

A shipping cost calculator, placed right in your auction description, will allow you to avoid setting a single, fixed shipping cost (which can scare away frugal bidders), and still avoid the burden of having to quote shipping costs to everyone who asks [Hack #67] .

Probably the easiest way to provide self-service shipping cost information is to include your Zip Code and the weight of your item right in your auction description, and then link [Hack #52] to your courier’s web site (e.g., ups.com or fedex.com). Your bidders can then punch that information and their own Zip Codes into the courier’s shipping cost calculator and get an accurate cost to ship, as well as any available shipping options (insurance, over-night, etc.).


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