Amazon Vs eBay (4) Shipping Charges

This is a short series of posts comparing selling successfully on eBay and on Amazon from the seller’s perspective. This time I am looking at the payments methods and costs.

Question: How much does shipping cost on eBay? 

Answer: As much as the seller thinks he can get away with!

Question: How much shipping cost on Amazon?

Answer: As much as Amazon thinks is reasonable!


Which do you prefer as a seller?  Some eBay sellers use a lower price for their items and charge high shipping fees to boost their profits.  I am against this practice but it goes on and some buyers seem to be taken in by it. 

 With Amazon the shipping costs are constant between sellers and so it is easier for the buyers to make comparisons.  Usually, the Amazon shipping fees are reasonable for the seller.  If they are too high then you can reduce the price of the item.  If they are too low then the price must reflect that. Either way it does mean that the seller has to know the true cost of shipping.

Advantage;  Amazon


Amazon       3

eBay            0


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  1. James Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    I get bthe distinct impression that you favour Amazon…

    Seriously though, you are right about some sellers on eBay inflating the P&P to keep the cost of the item low.

  2. phil Said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Hi James,
    I am not really pro-Amazon, honest. I do well on both but Amazon does seem to be overlooked by many sellers. Some of the things I sell on Amazon do not do well on eBay and vice versa. It is horses for courses. However, given items that sell well on both Amazon does have its advantages.

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