|Mon June 17 2013 14:24:19|
eBay Launches New Shipping Calculator - FedEx Included
By: Ina Steiner
eBay launched a new shipping calculator today that for the first time includes the ability for sellers to display calculated FedEx rates in listings. The new shipping calculator walks sellers through the process of entering information - including the packages weight and dimensions, and then displays a chart showing various rates from the USPS - from Economy, Expedited to 1-Day. Tabs at the top of the chart lets sellers select FedEx or UPS and see the rates each one offers.
eBay also displays a preview of how the chosen service would appear in sellers' listings - for example, for a package going from Massachusetts to Phoenix via USPS Media Mail, it will show "USPS Media Mail 2-8 business days," while selecting FedEx Ground will display, "FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery 1-5 business days; and selecting UPS Ground will display, "UPS Ground 1-5 business days."
eBay also lets sellers toggle between retail rates and the discounted rates they receive if they print and ship through eBay Labels or PayPal Labels.
eBay said the new calculator offers a friendlier, more intuitive experience. As of yet, there's only two threads on the eBay boards about the calculator (with negative comments). This poster clearly outlined the changes that are slowing her down, including the requirement that sellers input the exact dimensions of the box they are shipping.
Let us know what you think of eBay's new shipping calculator once you've used it!