eBay Shipping

How does shipping work on eBay?

Shipping rates and times are dependent upon factors primarily determined by the seller.  These include the weight and dimensions of the items that they sell, where the seller is in the world, what shipping options are available in the seller's part of the world, and -- of course -- where you are in the world relative to the seller.

eBay shipping calculator

If you'd like to get information on shipping in advance:

  1. Go to www.ebay.com in your web browser and go to an item's details page.

  2. Scroll down and click the Shipping and Payments tab. 

  3. Use the text boxes and drop-down menus to enter the quantity of items that you want, the country where you live, and your mailing code (so eBay can determine where in the country you live).

  4. Cick Get Rates.

  5. Information will appear below that will show you the cost of shipping and handling, the type of shipping being used, and the estimated delivery date of the item (including when it is expected to ship).

    Sometimes, you will have more than one option available, so keep that in mind when you're ready to check out with your order.

eBay international shipping

As we explained in the last section of our How to Buy on eBay tutorial, eBay has its own special international shipping program.  It will often ship items to local global couriers in the U.S. and U.K. first when said items need to be shipped to certain countries.  However, this only applies to certain countries and items, and may involve extra customs fees and taxes.

Click here to read more about eBay Global Shipping.

eBay free shipping

There are parameters that you can use in eBay's search functions (both basic and advanced) that let you search only for items that you can get free shipping on.

For more information on how to search for things on eBay, see our eBay Search and eBay Advanced Search tutorials.


Well, that's some quick information for you about eBay shipping!


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