USPS Integrates with Bill Me Later, New eBay Shipping App Coming
By Greg Holden
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said its Click-N-Ship online application will integrate with eBay's Bill Me Later online billing service. If you print postage for non-eBay sales using this Web-based system, you normally have the postage deducted immediately from a debit or credit card. The new option makes use of the online payment service Bill Me Later.
"It allows customers to pay for postal products online without using a credit card," a USPS spokesperson explained. "Instead, they'll be billed at a later date. You'll receive a monthly statement for the postage, which will help you manage your cash flow.'
The USPS will also roll out by the end of this month a more tightly integrated system for printing postage for items sold on eBay, previously announced by eBay in April. Currently, the process works like this:
1) After you sell an item and the buyer transfers payment, you go eBay's Selling Manager page.
2) Choose Print Postage (as shown in the accompanying image), and you go to the Web site of eBay's payment service, PayPal.
3) Log in to PayPal, and you go to a form for printing postage.
4) Fill out the form with the size of the package and other details, and then print out your label.
5) You log in to PayPal so the postage can be automatically deducted from your PayPal account.
The new tool will eliminate one step: the need to log into PayPal. Now, you'll be able to choose your shipping method, enter the size and weight of your package, order insurance, and print out the shipping label without having to leave eBay.
In addition, the USPS spokesperson said eBay users also will have access to more USPS Priority Mail flat-rate options. "The PayPal application only has the regular flat rate box. The eBay application will have all options. The bottom line is that the new application will be more user friendly and easier to navigate." When asked about the impetus for the new application, he said it was part of an effort "to understand the needs of the eBay community."
About the author: Greg Holden, who lives in Chicago, is the author of several books about eBay, including "How to Do Everything with Your eBay Business," second edition, and "Secrets of the eBay Millionaires," both published by Osborne-McGraw Hill. Find out more on Greg's Web site, which includes a blog related to his book "Internet Babylon: Secrets, Scandals and Shocks on the Information Superhighway," published by Apress.
About the author:
Greg Holden is EcommerceBytes Contributing Editor. He is a journalist and the author of many books, including "Starting an Online Business For Dummies," "Go Google: 20 Ways to Reach More Customers and Build Revenue with Google Business Tools," and several books about eBay, including "How to Do Everything with Your eBay Business," second edition, and "Secrets of the eBay Millionaires," both published by Osborne-McGraw Hill. Find out more on Greg's website, which includes his blog, a list of his books, and his fiction and biographical writing.
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