Shipping rates can either be separate from the asking price, or incorporated into the asking price as in the case of listings offering free shipping.
Most eBay listings with paid shipping options offer a shipping rate calculator built right into the listing, which allows shoppers to determine shipping rates through self-service.
As an alternative to the calculated shipping option, sellers can select a fixed rate for shipping which simplifies the experience for shoppers.
If you are a first time seller we recommend researching the cost of shipping the item before you list. Shipping can be quite expensive. To get a better idea of how much it can cost choose addresses on the borders of your shipping zone and use online calculators from your postal service to see how much it will cost.
For example if you live in California and you are shipping only with the USA choose an address in: Hawaii, Alaska, New York, and Florida.
This will show how much it can potentially cost that way you don’t get burned if the person purchasing your item lives far away from you.
When a seller offers free shipping, the shipping rate is included in the asking price. Listings with free shipping tend to have a higher asking price than similar listings offering paid shipping. Offering free shipping can improve eBay search ranking.
Although the word free is suggestive of a bargain, the cost to each shopper may be the same or higher than what would be offered through calculated shipping.
Make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for failure by offering free shipping and pricing your item low. Shipping costs can sneak up on you, so run some tests before listing your item.