That would be an utter waste of time!
Anything eBay has to offer is lightyears behind what you can do in GS. I can run circles around anyone using eBay’s tools or anyone using shipping profiles.
I already have an extensive collection of templates within GarageSale that fit various shipping scenarios.
- Individual Services
- Combination of Services
- Specific Items
- Different Weights
- Frequently Used Categories
- Commonly Used Prefilled Information
With 20+ years of online experience (and 25+ years experience in shipping) all need to do is look at an item and instantly know how much its shipping weight is going to be. I need press Command + D on my keyboard to duplicate the matching template. Some larger items I weigh and measure, but there is no need to actually package these prior to shipping as I know how much they will weigh and how large they will be with added packaging - I simply choose a template.
Occassionally I need to alter one of my default templates as every scenario can’t be accounted for. When I do that I am shown a giant list of services I will never use. I can’t simply visually scan through the services I only use but have to scan through a large list. That is highly inefficient. If the list only contained the services I use within a short time selecting items would nearly be automatic due to muscle memory.
I can only imagine how confusing all of these services are to a new user of GS users and new sellers on eBay. Apple’s design mantra has been to keep it simple and easy to use so that anyone can set down and complete a task without reading a manual or doing much thinking at all as its obvious and fast.
So how do your shipping profiles account for different combinations of different items ranging in size form small to large and form light to heavy? These profiles are only useful if you sell the same widgets over and over again and they always have the same given sizes and weights (it would still make sense to GS over eBay shipping profiles).
Lets assume you have a inventory of 200 items and customers can buy three of them. Thats already 1,313,400 different combinations. These items are different sizes and weights. Some items require special packaging such as double boxing. We haven’t even factored in the different shipping services, shipping regulations regarding size and weight limits, etc.
No set of shipping profiles can account for all of these factors and others. On the other hand this is an easy task for one’s brain to tackle wihin a few seconds with a given amount of prior shipping expereince.