Printing Prepaid Shipping Labels
Printing packing slips is a nice convenience, but it gets better. PayPal lets you print shipping labels with prepaid postage for any item sold through the PayPal system. You can print labels one at a time, or batch multiple labels together with PayPal's MultiOrder Shipping Tool. PayPal currently prints prepaid shipping labels for items shipped via the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service (UPS), Canada Post, and the Royal Mail Group.
Let's look at the one-at-a-time label process first. Obviously, you don't want to print a shipping label until you've received payment from the customer. At that point, all you have to do is follow these steps:
- Log into your PayPal account.
- Click the My Account tab and select either the Overview or History subtab.
- Locate the order for which you want to print a shipping label. Then click the Print Shipping Label button for this item.
- When the order details page appears, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Print Shipping Label link.
- When the Create Your Shipping Label page appears, confirm your desired shipping carrier. If you want to change carriers for this shipment, click the Choose a Different Carrier link and make a new selection.
- Select the specific shipping service from the Service Type list (see Figure 2).
- Select the approximate package size from the Package Size list.
- Enter the weight of the package (in pounds and ounces) in the Weight boxes.
- Review the shipping information in the Shipment Options sections, and make any necessary changes or selections.
- Click the Continue button.
- When the Confirm and Purchase Your Shipping Label page appears, confirm the information (and the shipping charges); then click the Pay and Continue button.
- PayPal displays a pop-up window with a sample of the label to print. If everything looks fine, make sure that you have label paper in your printer, and then click the Print Label button.
- PayPal prints the label and deducts the shipping cost from your account. Attach the label to your package and either drop it off at your nearest carrier office or arrange a pickup.
Figure 2 Creating a prepaid shipping label.