Regardless of your reason for sending a package, you likely want to find the cheapest and easiest way to ship. With all of the shipping options available to you, it might be difficult to sift through all of them and determine which one is best for you.
There are also some shipping options you probably haven’t even heard of. PayPal Shipping might fall into this category for you. You know all about PayPal, of course, but you weren’t aware they were involved in shipping.
Depending on your situation, PayPal Shipping might be a great choice for your shipping needs. And if you’re already used to using PayPal, it can be quite convenient for you to set up this shipping method for your small business or personal shipping needs.
What is PayPal Shipping?
PayPal Shipping is essentially a way for you to print out a shipping label from either USPS or UPS and get a discount in the process. Sound too good to be true? The partnerships between PayPal, USPS, and UPS make the discounts possible.
For UPS, you can receive up to 50% off UPS Ground shipments and 66% off UPS 2nd Day Air shipments. For USPS, you can save on a variety of domestic and international services, including flat-rate boxes, First Class Mail, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and more.
So yes, PayPal Shipping tends to be cheaper than other options. But how difficult is it to set up? Although it takes some time to figure out how to create your first shipping label (especially if you don’t have a PayPal account yet), you’ll end up saving lots of time by not having to wait in line at the post office.
Here are the other benefits of using PayPal Shipping:
- Your shipments will be organized in one place
- You’ll save time on shipping paperwork
- You can prepare multiple packages to ship at the same time
- You can easily track your packages
- You’re able to customize your packing slips
- You can ship almost anywhere in the world
PayPal Shipping for individual eCommerce sellers
Is PayPal Shipping a good option for eCommerce sellers who sell on platforms such as eBay and Amazon? Since many eCommerce sellers already rely on PayPal for their customers’ transactions, it’s quite simple to add printing a PayPal Shipping label for each transaction.
That being said, you may be able to find a more affordable option through the eCommerce platform you work with. For example, eBay Shipping may be cheaper for you if you are a Top Rated Seller.
Ultimately, it’s your choice whether to use PayPal Shipping or not. Keep in mind that you likely won’t find a better price at the post office. If you do find a cheaper option, it will probably be through a different online platform.
PayPal Shipping for import-export businesses
Whether you already have an established import-export business or you’re planning to start one soon, PayPal Shipping might be a great choice for your shipments. Even if you don’t use PayPal as the primary payment method for your customers, there is a way for you to print shipping labels using PayPal Shipping.
While it’s slightly more complicated to create shipping labels on PayPal Shipping when the purchases weren’t made via PayPal, it can be worth it because of the money you’ll save on shipping costs. Keep in mind that you’ll still have to fill out customs forms and provide packing slips for international shipments. Fortunately, PayPal automatically prints out the customs forms you need along with your label.
If you don’t already offer PayPal as a payment option for your customers, you might want to start. PayPal is one of the most internationally recognized payment methods out there. If you’re focused mainly on American and Canadian customers, you can probably get away with only allowing credit card payments. When you expand to international markets, however, you’ll want to offer a more international payment option such as PayPal.
How to create a PayPal Shipping label
Although there are several steps to creating a PayPal Shipping label, you’ll be able to do it super quickly once you get the hang of it. Here is the process to follow:
1. Log in to your PayPal account.
If you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you’ll need to make one.
2. Go to your most recent transactions and expand the order you’re printing a label for.
If you’re making a label for a transaction that wasn’t made via PayPal, it’s rather difficult to find the right place to print the label. Bookmark this link so you can easily navigate to the correct page for making a shipping label.
3. Enter the shipping information, such as the recipient’s address and sender’s address.
If you’re working with a transaction that was made via PayPal, the shipping information should be entered automatically. Make sure you double-check it before confirming.
4. Choose which shipping method you’d like to use.
At this point, you’ll choose between USPS and UPS. You’ll also need to select a specific shipping method from the courier, such as UPS Ground or USPS First Class Mail. If you’re located outside the US, you may have alternative postal courier options.
5. Enter your package information.
This includes the weight of your package in pounds and ounces as well as the type of package.
6. Choose a shipping date.
PayPal will automatically choose the current date, but you can change it to a future date if you so desire.
7. Calculate the cost of the label and purchase the label.
Click the button that says “Calculate Postage Cost” to know how much you need to pay. You can use your PayPal balance or a registered credit card to pay for the label.
8. Print the label along with any customs forms.
Click the “Print Label” button. After that, you’ll be directed to print out any necessary customs forms for your shipment.
9. Ship your package.
You can either drop your package off at the post office or schedule a pickup at your home or business location.
That’s all there is to it! Once you get into the habit of creating PayPal Shipping labels, you’ll be able to do it without thinking. You’ll love how much money and time you save by not having to make frequent trips to the post office.
Are you planning on shipping to Canadian customers? If so, you’ll be required to pay customs duties and taxes. You might get overwhelmed by the customs regulations and paperwork. At BorderBuddy, we help businesses of all sizes with the customs process. What are you waiting for? Give us a call today.