Swappa is all about affordability and reliability; helping users save money and not get ripped off. We make the buying and selling part easy, but it’s not a successful sale until the sold item is in the hands of the new buyer. That’s where the United States Postal Service comes into play. Whether you’re a seller looking to maximize your profits, a buyer in a rural area, or anywhere in between, you’ll likely find that USPS is a great option for shipping and delivery of your newish smartphone, tablet, MacBook, or game console.
Most sellers on Swappa ship with USPS
After selling an item on Swappa’s online marketplace and receiving payment from the buyer, you have up to two business days to ship the item or one day for express shipping. It’s up to you as a seller to choose how you’d like to send the item. Basically, you have three choices: USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
In the first few months of 2020, more than 87% of sellers on Swappa have shipped their items using USPS. This is in contrast to 6.8% who used UPS and 5.7% who used FedEx. In other words, roughly 7 times as many sellers on Swappa used USPS compared to UPS and FedEx combined! This is due to a number of reasons, but the largest contributors are price and convenience.
USPS saves sellers money
Price is likely the primary reason why most of our sellers choose to ship using USPS. Although all three shipping couriers have their place, USPS will more often than not be the cheapest option for most low-volume sellers. As a case study, let’s compare rates when shipping two different packages: a small package representative of a typical smartphone and a large package representative of a Nintendo Switch or MacBook. And to get the most accurate representation of how much it actually costs when shipping to a variety of locations, we’ll start with rates to nearby states and then look at rates when shipping a much longer distance. For this comparison, we will use publicly available rates obtained from the USPS Postage Calculator, FedEx Rate Finder, and UPS Shipping Calculator (using UPS Simple Rate pricing).
Shipping this package from New York to a residential address in a relatively close state such as Maryland via UPS Ground (est. 2 days) costs roughly $11.50, and UPS 3-Day Select increases the cost to around $18.50. What about FedEx? FedEx Home Delivery costs $10.88 (est. 1 day), whereas FedEx Express Saver costs $22.64 (est. 3 days). In other words, shipping a small package to a nearby state is often a few dollars cheaper using USPS.
What if you need to send this box a bit farther? Shipping the same package from New York to a residential address in California costs around $11.50 using UPS Ground. UPS 3-Day Select takes you up to $18.50, and FedEx Home Delivery (est. 4 days) costs $13.56, whereas the faster FedEx Express Saver (est. 3 days) costs $35.50.
Nintendo Switch / Apple MacBook
Shipping our larger box from New York to a residential address in Maryland via UPS will cost around $25 using UPS Ground (est. 2 days), and $44 with UPS 3-Day Select. FedEx Home Delivery comes in at around $12.32 and is estimated to take just 1 day for delivery, whereas FedEx Express Saver would cost $31.06 and increase the estimated delivery window to 3 days. With a larger package, USPS is again, often the cheapest option, offering a great balance of price and speed, although FedEx Home Delivery comes close.
Now, let’s see whether geographic distance shakes up the pricing hierarchy. If we ship our large package from New York to California, we’re looking at around $25 with UPS Ground, but this option is approximately 4 days for delivery. UPS 3-Day Select is a bit quicker, but it is also much more expensive at around $45. FedEx Home Delivery is once again a viable option, costing the least at just $22.95, but with a long estimated delivery time of 4 days. Moving up to FedEx Express Saver (est. 3 days) causes prices to skyrocket to $62.32.
The story remains pretty much the same when looking at larger packages, with USPS, you’ll often get the best overall mix of price, shipping speed, and convenience.
PayPal shipping integration
In our price comparison above, we found that USPS offers some of the best rates across a variety of package sizes and destinations — but that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. USPS also has a few hidden perks that make the experience a bit simpler overall so you can prevent the headaches before they arise.
For starters, there’s PayPal integration. Here at Swappa, we require that all online Marketplace transactions go through PayPal. We do this in order to make sure that payments are safe and streamlined. But there’s another benefit! Thanks to USPS’s PayPal integration, sellers are able to generate a USPS label in just a few clicks, right after logging in to accept payment.
We’ve already established that Swappa is the best way to make money selling your used tech. But after your listing has sold, there’s still one remaining opportunity to maximize your profits as a seller: shipping. Nearly 90% of sellers on Swappa choose USPS. This is likely due to USPS’s competitive prices, as well as the added convenience from PayPal integration that allows sellers to purchase a shipping label right at checkout. However, there are plenty of great options for how to ship your phone, and you may find that another carrier is a better fit for you. Regardless of which shipping solution you choose, you can always make the most money by selling your gently used tech on Swappa.
We have several helpful guides covering how to buy and how to sell on Swappa, as well as how to ship popular items like the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, and Apple Macbook. So what are you waiting for? Click on the button below to get started selling your gently used smartphone, tablet, laptop, or game console!