All eBayers know the feeling, you find the perfect auction, the price is low, the condition is good, the seller has good feedback, but, it’s a local collect only lot... Arranging shipping and transport for eBay items is one of the greatest deterrents for online bargain hunters.
Sellers commonly will not arrange delivery for large and bulky items because the high eBay shipping figure can put off quoters even more than the dreaded pick-up only status. Absorbing the cost of delivery themselves is usually out of the question too, because transporting big items can be expensive.
If you lack the means to go and collect an item then some eBay listings can seem painfully out of reach. The next time you find an auction on eBay that doesn’t have a shipping option, don’t despair, there is a simple option to solve all your pick up only woes.
The easiest way to get cheap eBay shipping is to hire a courier to collect your item for you. You might think this an expensive option but if you find a delivery driver already making a similar trip then it could cost less than the price of collecting it yourself.
eBay Auction Tips
To know that you know you can quote in freedom, without eBay shipping worries, follow these 5 tips to get the most out of your online auction experience.
1. Hold out until the last minute: Quoting early on in an auction only pushes the eventual price higher, so try to quote in at the last second possible. Don’t just increase the quote by the smallest increment, especially if the item has had a lot of interest as you are unlikely to win.
2. Use outside applications: These independent programmes can help you win auctions at the last minute or assist you in finding local auctions more easily.
3. Pay via PayPal: This is the safest method of payment, we wouldn’t use anything else!
4. Make sure it’s the real deal: It can be hard to spot a fake item when it’s described as real, it is easier to spot those who are trying to swindle you with dodgy product descriptions. If you are unsure, then you post a link to the item on the eBay discussion board to get a second opinion.
5. Check the going rate: Check out completed auctions of the same type as yours to make sure you don’t end up paying over the odds for your new items.
Organising eBay Deliveries
We all know you can buy and sell almost anything on eBay, so choosing the right courier will depend on what you’re quoting on. For example, if it’s just a bicycle or a chest of drawers then a standard courier will suffice.
Different Delivery Services
General Couriers: For most items a standard man and van service will be good enough; from wardrobes to watering cans, anything that can fit in a van is fair game for these widespread delivery services. Auction items that are smaller such as DVDs or tablet computers only require parcel services and can usually be sent via the post.
Vehicle Shipping: The market for vehicles on eBay has grown steadily over the past few years and now contends with the likes of Autotrader. Getting vehicle shipping via eBay is much easier than going to collect the car and driving it back and can be your only option if you’re buying a car to repair yourself. Please refer to our individual vehicle transportation pages for more information on car shipping.
Fragile Item Deliveries: If you’re a treasure seeker on eBay and like to buy antiques then finding the best courier should be a priority, antique furniture and artworks etc. all need special care when being transported aka the white glove treatment so gaining the services of a professional should be high up your priority list.
Whichever type of transport you need – whichever goods you’re buying there are some universal things to look out for in all transporters.
1. Insurance: all eBay couriers need to have goods in transit insurance otherwise you’ve got no guarantee if something goes wrong.
2. Rated: Just like power sellers, finding feedback rated eBay shipping services can guarantee you a better level of service than an unknown.
eBay Deliveries on Shiply
You’re quoting in an auction, you know that you will need collection for your new items – so where do you turn? That’s where Shiply has you covered.
Uploading the details of your eBay auction to Shiply is as easy as cutting and pasting the auction ID into our simple list form, we’ll do all the extras (like importing pictures and descriptions).
Once uploaded, your delivery request will be accessible to our network of thousands of couriers, and we can help match you to a local driver who’s going near your eBay collection and can bring it to you. Couriers will compete to complete your delivery and fill space in their vans, resulting in the price being driven down.
You can compare quotes from the couriers and also examine feedback that they’ve received from other Shiply users on prior completed jobs. Then it’s just a matter of accepting the delivery offer than best suits you.
We recommend that you stay flexible with your requested delivery dates as transporters making their predetermined routes might only be going past your collection on certain days.
Completing the Delivery Process
When your item arrives make sure that it matched the description given by the eBay seller, if not then you’ve got a claim for a refund. Additionally, if it’s seemingly been damaged during transit, then that’s something to contact the courier about.
In the more likely case that everything’s fine then we’d appreciate it if you could leave feedback for your friendly neighbourhood eBay collection driver on Shiply. This helps other users know which companies to choose when they’ve got their own pick up only problems. Oh, and leave feedback for the eBay seller too!
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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.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
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 to 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 Shiply Works
How Shiply Works
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Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.
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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"In a matter of hours, I received an offer that matched my budget from a company with very good feedback. I love being able to rely on Shiply for getting the precious finds from eBay across the country for a reasonable price."
"Shiply fills the gaps between getting bulky items collected and delivered and you having to go get them yourself. Used them many times, saves me lots of time and money."
"All went very smoothly and easily and the courier whose bid I accepted were lovely, good communication, and helpful. Couldn't fault at all and would certainly use again."