EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2957 - December 14, 2012     2 of 4

eBay and Etsy Shipping News

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If you sell on eBay or Etsy, you may be interested in learning about new options for printing shipping labels on the two marketplaces. eBay announced sellers can now print FedEx labels through its single-label printing flow, directly from My eBay. "Adding FedEx to eBay Labels gives you another reputable, reliable shipping service to offer your buyers, and a convenient way to ship with this in-demand carrier," the marketplace stated in an announcement.

In October, however, eBay confirmed it has never included FedEx in its shipping calculator, nor would it be included in this initial launch, a spokesperson said.

eBay offers special volume discount rates for up to 37% savings when using its eBay Labels, which now supports FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2Day, FedEx Express Saver, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery. Free tracking information is automatically uploaded so sellers and their buyers can see the status of shipments at any time.

Meanwhile, Etsy announced shipping news of its own. First, it announced that sellers can now purchase postage on Etsy using Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes A - C, which is a low-cost shipping option for regional shipments. .

The online marketplace also announced it now offers limited thermal printer support for the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL, which allows sellers to print 4x6 domestic and international shipping labels using specialized label rolls.

In its announcement, Etsy said that while it had heard reports of people successfully using other 4x6 printers, it only officially supports the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL at this time.


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