Home /

Cheaper postage options

Full Member
Posts: 24
Joined: 11 Jan 08
4 Jan 12 11:23:05 am
Do we get cheaper postage options at auspost for being ebay sellers?

How is the best way to get cheaper postage, i sold something today and posted it, and it cost me $25 registered. Not acceptable, i need to half that cost, but am unsure how to go about it.

I bought a box and bubble wrap from the PO. I have gotten around that buy sourcing free boxes, and free newspapers to use in posting.
Any other tips woould be good, thanks

Full Member
Posts: 839
Joined: 14 Dec 05
4 Jan 12 05:41:26 pm
Honestly, postage rates will vary so much by destination, size and shape of the package, and options like registered mail that it's doubtful anybody but the post office can answer this for you.

You might consider:

a) Letting customers have whatever shipping for which they're willing to pay, and charge accordingly -- this removes the accounting and scraping off of your list of things to do.

b) On the other end of that scale, you might consider selling higher-end items into which you can bundle the price of shipping, then offer free shipping as a carrot to buyers.

c) Offer upsells on orders to increase your profitability-per-package. Get a feel for how many of your 'core item' you can cram into a single shipment without dramatically increasing the shipping cost, and offer discounts on those additional items -- it can dramatially affect your profit per order. Alternately, if your 'core item' is large, some small accessories or complementing items which can be added to the shipment can help offset the shipping costs in the same way that offering quantity discounts can.


"Failure is not when you fall down. Failure is when you don't get back up."

--J.J. Luna
Site Admin
Posts: 6269
Joined: 27 Jul 07
5 Jan 12 09:55:35 pm
You can get discounted postal rates from Aust Post, but you have to be doing a decent volume to be eligible. I doubt you are at that point just yet, but for qualifying details, just ask over the counter at your local Post Office, they'll give you a brochure with all the info.


Mark (fudjj)

Community Manager

Link hidden: Login to view
Full Member
Posts: 1
Joined: 22 Jan 12
25 Jan 12 07:39:29 pm
I use only USPS and its not cheap (but nothing is) the problem I have on E-Bay is my customers always think I overcharge for postage (would they be shopping on e-bay if they weren't bargain hunters). What I do is charge a flat rate. I've done a fair job at predicting that most of my buyers are in the mid-west and eastern United States. I pre weigh my products and get the worst case rate. then I rebate shipping over payments rounded to the nearest dollar. this sounds like allot of work but I tell my customers in my postings and I am able to prove what shipping costs me. if you sell the same thing over and over it gets pretty streamlined.

Site Admin
Posts: 5229
Joined: 20 Oct 08
26 Jan 12 12:27:36 am
Hi and welcome to SaleHoo draggonlion :)

Nice to have you with us! Thanks for sharing your trick on shipping, I'm sure many of our members will appreciate your tips.

Hope to see more of you on the forums!



Customer Support Manager
SaleHoo Group Limited
Sell more with your own professionally designed and search optimized e-commerce website. Check out Link hidden: Login to view now!

Wait! Want Some FREE Supplier Details?

Discover four of the most profitable niches on eBay and get details for the best suppliers for these niches. Enter your details below and we will send them instantly.

Thanks! Please check your email inbox.

Your list of profitable markets and supplier details are on their way to your email inbox.
Be sure to add support@salehoo.com to your safelist to ensure we can deliver the free suppliers details to you.

If you haven't received an email from us in 5 minutes, please check your spam folder or email us at support@salehoo.com.