Easy guide to shipping for ultimate convenience
Are you reselling online and want to maximise your return? At An Post, we understand the need for convenience and speed, whilst offering value. Once you’ve sold your pre-loved goods, make sure to go one step further and offer your buyer a good shipping experience. Follow these tips to make shipping smooth for you and your buyer, and watch the good reviews roll in.
Calculate your postage online
Firstly, ensure that your shipping is priced accurately so that you don’t end up out of pocket. Before you list your item, you can use our postage calculator to find out exactly how much it will cost you to send it. Use a weighing scales and measure the dimensions of your item for ultimate accuracy, this will allow you to get the cheapest cost by not overestimating the weight and size.
Use tracked shipping
Generally untracked parcels aren’t covered by seller protection policies. For high value items, add insurance and ask for a signature. Doing this helps build trust in your shop and gives buyers confidence. Sending everything tracked reduces lost item claims and customer tracking queries. Only ever send to the delivery address listed in your buyer’s profile. If you send to another address it will not be covered by seller protection policies and always keep your proof of postage.
Offering international/worldwide shipping significantly increase your views and audience. International shipping will help you reach more buyers. Cha-ching! However, it’s extra important to use tracked shipping when shipping worldwide. This ensures that after you ship the item, you have proof that it gets to its destination. When shipping internationally, make sure you:
- Work out the cost by weight, size and destination
- Have a clear policy on international shipping
- Finally, understand international shipping and customs rules.
You are more likely to entice buyers to make a purchase when offering free shipping, it is also a great way to make sales quicker than normal. If you’re going to offer free shipping, consider:
- Building the cost into your item’s price
- Offering free shipping on items with higher profit margins
- Using free shipping as a promotional tool
Recommended shipping methods:
Sending approx. 2 parcels a month in Ireland?
Click & Post is the perfect solution for sending small volumes in Ireland, offering a quick and easy way to calculate postage and buy it online. Once you’ve bought your postage then just print it off and drop your item at the nearest post office. Don’t have a printer? No worries, bring your email confirmation to your local post office and they’ll print the label for you! There's also tracked options with Click & Post.
Send a 100g packet within Ireland for just €3.80
If you’re selling your items to someone abroad, Click & Post is the easiest solution to calculate a price and complete any required customs documentation easily! Sign up today and you can check out even faster, allowing you to ship your orders out seamlessly. When sending packets or parcels to a non EU country, a customs declaration form must be completed. You can complete this form with Click & Post and save time filling out forms in the post office. Having the forms completed correctly, means your item will arrive without delays.
Send a packet Internationally – prices start from €7 for 100g
Sending multiple items per month in Ireland?
If you frequently sell online and you know you’ll be sending multiple items monthly within Ireland, the Advantage Card is the perfect solution. With the Advantage Card you can buy parcel labels and stamps in bulk, enabling you to get the best discounts available. Buy a pack of 25 parcel labels and you can send a parcel up to 10kg for as little as €5.96 in Ireland, thanks to our 34% discount! You can also choose between Standard and Express labels, both with tracking, if you need to get your items to your customer a little faster. The 34% off parcel labels offer is available until the end of 2022. You can sign up online or at your local post office.
Advantage Card pack of 25 Standard Parcel Labels – available for €149