Is your eBay item local pickup only?
eBay has become so popular that some people make a living just by buying and reselling on such a huge marketplace. We all know you can buy and sell nearly anything on the massive online auction site, but sometimes the dreaded “pick up only” can put you off buying your desired item and organising delivery yourself can make you think twice about selling your unwanted goods online.
At any one time there can be nearly 1,000,000 pick-up only listings on eBay, the sellers’ unwillingness to arrange eBay couriers can put off potential buyers who do not live close to the auction, or lack the transport to go and pick up the item.
If you find an auction that you want to quote on but are put off because it is listed as pick up only, there is another option! Arranging eBay couriers can be a cheaper and more convenient option than picking up the item yourself. What’s more, if you don’t own a car most collection only auctions would be out of the picture anyway.
What is an eBay Courier?
An eBay courier is an individual or company who can arrange the collection and delivery of an item listed on eBay. With over 1,000,000 items on eBay marked as 'collection only' an eBay courier means you can still bid on an item if you aren't able to collect it yourself.
Delivery drivers can often be cheaper than the price of fuel you’d use getting your item and driving back; finding a courier that’s already travelling a route between the auction and you can further reduce the cost of your delivery.
Tips for Buying on eBay
Whatever you’re quoting on, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure you find the best deal on your items before you even need them transported.
1. Quote as late as possible: Quoting early will only make the price climb higher, so leave it late. Be careful about quoting at the minimum increase though, because many other people might be watching the same item.
2. Use third party programmes: These can involve auto-quoter's or search functions that help you find a bargain. Be wary of scams though; make sure you do your research first.
3. Pay via PayPal: This will help your buyer protection; sellers who ask for money orders should be avoided.
4. Make sure it’s the real deal: Whilst difficult to tell if items are fake from pictures, you can try making sure that the seller isn’t trying to sell you something completely different such as an Xbox’s box! You can post items to the eBay board to get an independent opinion.
5. Check the going rate: By looking at “completed” auctions you can get a better idea of what you can expect to pay for your item.
Delivering eBay items
Depending on what item you need to be delivered your transportation requirements can vary vastly. If you’re buying small items you can use a standard courier service but getting a car delivered is going to take something more substantial than a man with a van.
Types of delivery service: .
Man and Van: Probably the most popular type of courier, man and van service is suitable for most basic deliveries, however they tend to only deliver medium to large items such as furniture and bicycles. Things like books or DVDs only require a parcel service.
Vehicle Transport: Buying second hand cars and bikes online is becoming more popular. Getting a vehicle delivered will require a specialist haulier or trade plate driver, please see our individual vehicle transport pages for more info on types of vehicle couriers.
Fragile items, jewellery and antiques: Transporting delicate items can be risky, therefore it is recommended to choose from couriers who have experience transporting fragile goods.
Regardless of what you need transported you need to find out the credentials of the courier before you hire them. Different speciality transporters have different certifications, make sure you contact the courier company first to find out if they’re properly qualified to transport your item.
Using Shiply for your eBay delivery
Listing your delivery on Shiply will give you the chance to receive delivery quotes from thousands of feedback-rated couriers.
Transporters will compete to give you the best offer; you can then compare different couriers based on their quote, feedback score and reviews they have received from other Shiply users.
To get the best quotes it’s important to list your item with as many details as possible.
To import your eBay item to Shiply all you need to know is the auction ID– we’ll do the rest of the technical stuff. Your listing will have full addresses and we’ll even automatically insert pictures and descriptions from the eBay listing.
Try to be movable with delivery dates, as many couriers don’t make specific trips but are picking up items on pre-existing routes. A flexible timeframe will attract the best delivery quotes.
When you’re happy with a courier’s quote you just need to accept and notify the seller that a third party will be collecting the item.
Completing the Delivery
When you’ve finalised the delivery, won the auction and everything’s ready to go you need to make a few final preparations.
Get the seller to document the condition of the item prior to collection as this will help you to notice if the goods are damaged at all in transit.
If you’ve been flexible with delivery dates keep in contact with the driver to make sure that you or another person is in to accept the item.
Once you’ve received your delivery be sure to leave feedback on Shiply for the courier that transported it for you. Reviews help other users to compare couriers on Shiply and lets the drivers know how to improve their own service.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday on 020 3137 2454. You can also send an email to .
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
How Do I Import An eBay Item To Shiply?
To import an eBay item, you simply need to click the 'Is this is an eBay item' checkbox, enter the eBay item ID number, and click 'Import'. Shiply will automatically pull the details of the listing for you.
Do I Need The Postcode Of The Seller?
The postcode of the seller (or item location) is automatically imported for you when you import the eBay item.
How Shiply Works
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Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.
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How Shiply Helps The Environment
By utilising spare capacity of vehicles running on the road, Shiply helps reduce the number of otherwise wasteful journeys needed to transport the item.
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