How to Use PayPal Shipping

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The PayPal service, which processes money transfers via the World Wide Web, also offers a shipping service that sellers can use to prepare their shipments via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or the United Parcel Service (UPS). This feature streamlines the process of shipping goods and paying for the service.

How to Use PayPal Shipping
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Things You'll Need

  • PayPal account
  • Shipping labels
  • Printer
  • Postal scale
  • Item to be shipped
Step 1

Receive a cleared payment for your item. PayPal processes instant payments if the buyer has a “backup” bank account or credit card linked to their account, in addition to the main bank account they use. If not, the service also uses “e-checks” which take three to five business days to clear.

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Step 2

From your PayPal account home page, go to the Account Overview or History page, then click on the Print Shipping Label button.

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Step 3

Prepare a packing slip with complete item and delivery information, and print it out. Include it with the item you are shipping.

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Step 4

Wrap the item to be shipped, and weigh the item on a postal scale.

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Step 5

Prepare the shipping label, either for USPS or UPS delivery. On the available information fields, include the address information, weight information, and service type (overnight, Priority Mail, etc.). The site will then accept payment and create the shipping label, which can be printed out on an Avery label and placed on your package.

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Step 6

Schedule a pickup at your home via UPS or USPS, or bring the package to the post office or UPS storefront for drop-off. You can track the delivery if you have included delivery confirmation, or ordered overnight service.

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Step 7

For multiple orders, use the MultiOrder Shipping feature. With this tool, you can import two or more orders from PayPal, from eBay items that were not paid using PayPal, or from your own file of orders. You then select a service type, enter the weight, and enter value for insurance purposes. The shipping service you have selected might also include delivery and signature confirmation. You then print the shipping labels, a packing list, and packing slips for each individual order, and can then schedule a pickup by USPS or UPS.

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