01/14/2020 at 4:11 pm #72940
So it looks like eBay has struck a deal with Fedex to lower shipping costs. I just set up a Fedex account and I’m trying to figure out what boxes to order from their free supplies that I can use with their 2 day rate. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? And can I use my eBay boxes in the meantime or do I have to use theirs? Thanks!0
01/14/2020 at 4:19 pm #72942
We use FedEx a lot for both Ebay and Etsy. We use any type of box we can that fits and works.
We know the owner of our FedEx store and has said to us and we have done so many times, that FedEx will take any box we want to use.
We use Ebay boxes, we use USPS Boxes, both priority and flat rate, we use poly mailers, both plain, Ebay and USPS marked and we use Ebay tape. Anything seems to be fine with them. They don’t seem to care, as long as the FedEx label is clean and clear.
They used to use a section that asked if you were going to use there packaging or your own, but we haven’t seen that in a while.
Ebay has had for a long time, the FedEx Tab right beside the USPS tab when we go to purchase labels. Many times we put in the shipping weight and box size then toggle back and forth between the two tabs to see which is the cheaper rates and select the one that is cheaper.
We do have a FedEx account but you don’t need one. You can ship with FedEx right through Ebay.
I think what you are seeing is that FedEx is going to make purchasing the FedEx label chaeper than in the past.
Other than lower rates, I don’t think anything is going to change from what it is now.
mike at mdc galleries.0
01/14/2020 at 4:21 pm #72943
P.S. Simply put we don’t stock any FedEx bags, mailers or boxes. We use our Ebay or USPS boxes for all FedEx shipments. 🙂2+
01/14/2020 at 4:21 pm #72944
Super helpful. Thank you so much! Yes, it’s just the rates that have changed. And they have done so substantially. It’s very much worth it now for me to drop packages off at Fedex. It’s a bit of a drive for me.0
01/14/2020 at 4:44 pm #72948JoParticipant
Apparently, they now offer a flat rate for envelopes, Fed Ex Pak, and packages below 10 lbs. I don’t remember any flat rate with them in the past. I’m happy they are discounting because I pretty much had to stop using them with their last rate hike.The Pak is 12.25″ x 15.5″ and is for documents or other compact items.0
01/14/2020 at 4:54 pm #72949
Any idea on when the rates will be posted or are they already out.
Guess that means we will have to reevaluate our shipping data in our SixBit software. Currently the cut off we use is at the 7 lb. mark. Less than that USPS is cheaper. At 7 pounds FedEx is $3.39 less costly and at 6 pounds FedEx is only $1.16 less costly, and not worth the drive to drop off if only one package going.
But now if they drop there rates we will adjust the break off point accordingly. FedEx is a couple of miles up the road from us.
If the rate cut is high enough, maybe the cut-off point will a few pounds less, around the 5 or 4 lb. mark. But it sure is handy to have the USPS driver just pick up our pile everyday without us having to leave the house.
Anxious to see the discount rate.
mike at MDCGFA in Atl.0
01/14/2020 at 5:41 pm #72952JoParticipant
MDC, my info is from the eBay update from January 6th and then went to the the Fed Ex site to find out what a Pak is.
[UPDATE] Lower FedEx rates are effective today. FedEx, UPS and USPS announce new rate changes.0
01/14/2020 at 5:41 pm #72953JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Here’s a link to the FedEx/eBay update: https://community.ebay.com/t5/Announcements/UPDATE-Lower-FedEx-rates-are-effective-today-FedEx-UPS-and-USPS/ba-p/30508860?_trkparms=%26clkid%3D88190018081071412380
01/14/2020 at 5:54 pm #72955
Ok, so that brings me back to my original question. I can’t figure out what packaging is required for the 1-10 pound packages? That’s where I’m lost.0
01/15/2020 at 10:55 am #72965ZachParticipant
- Location: Kansas City
I tried unsuccessfully to drop off a USPS Priority Mail box with a FedEx label on it to my local FedEx Office location the other day.
They stopped me and said I couldn’t use that box to ship FedEx and acted like I was trying to commit a felony. They said the truck wouldn’t take any boxes that were in USPS Priority Mail packaging because the USPS boxes are government property.1+
01/15/2020 at 12:27 pm #72967WBirdParticipant
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