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Estimated delivery dates for sellers

For buyers, knowing when they can expect an item to arrive is an important factor when making a purchase. That's why we always show an estimated delivery date on eBay listings.

The estimated delivery date shown on your listings is based on the time it takes you to pack and ship items (your handling time), and the delivery or courier services you offer.

Handling and dispatch time

Handling or dispatch time is the time between the buyer's payment clearing and you handing the item to your shipping provider.

Buyers want their purchases to arrive quickly so we recommend setting a dispatch time of no more than 2 days. Shorter dispatch times are always better if you can reliably meet them.

If you offer 1-day handling, remember the time frame isn't based on 24 hours: it's the end of the next business day. For example, if a buyer pays for your item on Monday, it needs to be scanned by Tuesday, 11:59pm.

If an item is bought on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, it needs to have tracking added by Monday, 11:59pm.

Always make sure to send your items on time or your late delivery rate may be affected. Learn more about monitoring and improving your seller performance.

Weekend and holiday deliveries

Weekends and holidays aren't included in estimated delivery dates, even though some carriers deliver on weekends.

A buyer may contact you if they specifically need a weekend delivery, or if they want a faster delivery option. If they're willing to pay any difference in cost, it's up to you whether to accept their request or not.

Express delivery on eBay

To appeal to buyers who need items quickly, consider adding express delivery services to your listing, such as overnight, next-day, or same-day delivery.

To offer express delivery:

  1. Go to the Shipping details section when creating a listing.
  2. Choose your preferred carrier(s) from the Services dropdown menu.

Free shipping message

The free shipping message lets buyers know when they can expect to receive their item and that they won't have to pay for delivery. We'll automatically add a free shipping message to your listings whenever you meet these requirements:

  • Both you and your buyer are located in Canada
  • We can estimate the item's delivery date as 4 business days or less based on your handling time, the delivery service you've offered, your location, and the buyer's delivery address
  • You offer free shipping as your first (default) shipping option
  • You don't offer local pickup or freight as your first (default) shipping option

How to qualify for a free shipping message:

  • Offer free delivery using a shipping service that will arrive in 4 days or less
  • Offer same-day or 1-day handling
  • Ship with a tracked service and upload your item's tracking details on eBay

If eBay determines that your listing qualifies and you meet your handling time, we will remove any negative or neutral feedback left by the buyer regarding late delivery

This late delivery coverage does not protect your late shipment defects, and your listings can be deactivated from the program if they fall below the performance requirements.

On eBay Motors, the free shipping message is only shown in listings in the Parts & Accessories category.

The estimated delivery date shown on your listings is based on your handling time, and the delivery or courier services you offer.

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