How to Create a Shipping Profile

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Auctiva allows you to save your shipping preferences and load them into new listings using the Shipping Profile. This tutorial will show you how to create a Shipping Profile.

Introduction

A Shipping Profile contains the shipping preferences you use. When you create a new listing, you can use a Shipping Profile to quickly load all the shipping preferences into the listing at one time. This can be a great method to load redundant shipping settings that will save you time.

Instructions

You can create as many Shipping Profiles as you need to fit the various shipping methods and preferences required for your listings. You can choose to leave any of the fields blank, if necessary.

Step 1. Add a Shipping Profile.

  • Hover your mouse over the Profiles tab and click on the "Shipping" link (Figure 1). The Shipping Profile page will load.

Figure 1. Go to the Shipping Profile page.

Step 2. Choose the appropriate eBay site.

  • eBay Site: Select the eBay site that will be the destination for this listing (Figure 2).

Figure 2. eBay Site options.

Step 3. Edit location information.

  • Zip Code: Enter your zip code. This is for buyers who search for items by location. You may also enter your location by city and state.
  • Country: Select the appropriate country from the drop-down menu.

Figure 3. Location options.

Step 4. Edit optional features.

  • Domestic Handling Time: Select the number of business days it will take for you to ship out their purchases (Figure 4-A).

Figure 4. Domestic Handling Time options (A).

Step 5. Edit Ship To Locations.

  • Select any other countries outside your domestic region that you will ship items to for your buyers (Figure 5). You can also select to offer Worldwide shipping.

Figure 5. Additional regions.

Step 6. Edit the domestic shipping options.

  • Flat Rate Shipping: Select this radio button to charge a single rate for domestic shipping.
  • Calculated Shipping: Select this radio button to use a calculated shipping charge that is based on weight, size or another factor. Different postal carriers may charge different fees for these items based on a number of factors. When this option is chosen, the Item Dimensions section will appear. Make sure you enter the shipping weight and package size.
  • Freight: Select this radio button if you will ship using freight services (i.e., a trucking company).
  • Arrange for Local Pick-up (will not ship): Select this radio button if you do not plan to ship the item and the buyer will need to arrange a pick-up.

Figure 6. Domestic shipping options.

Step 7. Edit international shipping options.

  • Flat Rate Shipping: Select this radio button if you plan to charge a flat rate for international shipping services. When this option is chosen, the International Shipping Services section will appear. Fill out this section as you would the Domestic Shipping Services section.
  • Calculated Shipping: Select this radio button if you plan to use a calculated shipping charge based on weight, size or another factor. Different postal carriers may charge different fees for these items based on a number of factors. When this option is chosen, the International Shipping Services section and Item Dimension section will appear. Fill out the International Shipping Services section as you would the Domestic Shipping Services section. In the Item Dimensions section, make sure you enter the shipping weight and package size.
  • Will Not Ship International: Select this radio button if you will not ship international, except when expressed in the Ship To Locations section.

Figure 7. International shipping options.

Step 8. Select the domestic / international shipping services.

Note: When you choose to ship to regions outside of your domestic region, the International Shipping Services will display. Fill out the International Shipping Services section just as you would fill out the Domestic Shipping Services. Make sure to select the regions that you will ship to with this service.

  • Use the drop-down menu provided to choose a shipping method (Figure 8-A).
  • Use eBay's domestic shipping rate table: If you have configured your domestic shipping rate table on eBay, select this check box (Figure 8-B) to have it applied to your listing.
  • Cost: Enter the cost for the selected shipping method (Figure 8-C). Enter "0" if you will offer free shipping with this shipping method.
  • Additional Item Cost: Enter any additional costs for shipping (Figure 8-D). Make sure you adhere to eBay's excessive shipping charge policy.
  • Add Shipping Surcharge: This option is only available when you select UPS as your shipping service.
  • Click on the "Add another service" link if you would like to add another shipping service to this profile.

Figure 8. Shipping method options (A). Use eBay's domestic shipping rate table (B). Cost field (C). Additional item cost field (D).

Step 9. Edit Combined Shipping Discounts.

  • Apply my eBay promotional shipping rule: Select this checkbox if you want to offer the eBay combined shipping discounts with this profile. The combined shipping discount must be defined in the setting on your eBay Preference page.

Figure 9. Combined shipping discounts.

Step 10. Edit Auctiva Shipping Insurance.

Select one of three options. They are:

  1. "Automatically purchase insurance for this listing."
  2. "Use my Global Insurance Rules."
  3. "Do not purchase insurance for this listing."

Figure 10. Auctiva Shipping Insurance options.

  • Automatically purchase insurance for this listing: This setting will automatically generate a shipping insurance policy for the item when it is sold, regardless of any other insurance settings you may have set in your Auctiva Shipping Insurance Settings - Auto-Insure Rules.
  • Use my Global Insurance Rules: This setting will only generate a shipping insurance policy if certain criteria are met that you set in your Auctiva Shipping Insurance Settings - Auto-Insure Rules.
  • Do not purchase insurance for this listing: Selecting this will prevent any insurance from automatically being purchased, regardless of any other insurance settings you may have set in your Auctiva Shipping Insurance Settings - Auto-Insure Rules.

Step 11. Save your profile.

  • Profile Name: Enter the desired name for your Shipping Profile.
  • Click the Save button.

This concludes the task of creating a Shipping Profile.

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