One of the great things about selling postcards on eBay is that they are incredibly easy to ship, as long as you have a few simple supplies on hand. The first item is a postcard sleeve for use in protecting the card. These are the two most popular sizes, and even in small quantities, they are very reasonably priced.
The next item that makes shipping postcards easy is a rigid mailing envelope. It still is slightly flexible due to it's light weight, but it protects postcards very well. It also typically ships based on a postage rate based on about 2 ounces. The rigid mailers I recommend measure 6" x 8" and can hold either popular size postcard. These mailers also can easily handle a multi-card order.
The last easy item to use for mailing postcards is simply a "Do Not Bend" label. It shows that you care about how the order arrives to your buyer. Typically I use two of these labels on the mailer. One on the front and one on the back.
This way of shipping postcards has served me well for a number of years. It works great with the eBay requirement of tracking for your shipments. There are definitely other methods that will work for you, but I've found this one is simple, very easy to keep on hand and breaks down to a small cost per postcard shipped.
This past weekend I was watching some clips of interviews from an old television talk show on YouTube. Realizing this was only a small amount of the great footage available, I looked for the DVD set on Amazon only to find it was close to $60.
My next step was to check eBay, perhaps a used set was less expensive. Was just about to pop for a very good used set for $43, when I thought about searching once more on eBay by bar code, instead of title. Did a little better, and noticed that this different listing also had the Best Offer option. Who am I to not try and save a little bit?
In reviewing previous sold items, it seemed to be an item that in the recent past, always sold above $40. That did not deter me from making the following offer, along with a message to back-up and justify the reasoning for my offer. There is no guarantee it would work, but here is the logic I used. Checking the amount of money in my PayPal account, I tendered the following offer:
"Have $32.73 in my PayPal account and will pay right away (29.61+ shipping =$32.73)"
Thought that even though a roughly 25% discount was a little on the low side, it wasn't a totally outrageous offer like $5. If the seller tried to bump me a little, I probably would have paid a little more, but they actually came back right away and accepted my offer!
It's a good idea when possible to give someone a compelling reason to accept your offer. in this case the promise of an immediate sale and payment most likely added credence to an offer that might have been rejected if it was a low dollar amount alone.
For those of you curious which DVD set I purchased, I'll share: