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Buy shipping through Seller Central

To buy shipping:

  1. Go to Orders > Manage Orders and click Buy Shipping for the order you want to ship.
  2. Use the four columns on the Buy Shipping page:
    1. First column: Customer ship option, Ship to address, and the purchased items.
    2. Second column: Ship from location, Ship date, Packaging dimensions and Weight.
    3. Third column: Selected shipping service, optional services, and label print orientation.
    4. Fourth column: Delivery date, Total delivery charge, and any shipping service requirements.
  3. Click Print label.
    1. If you need to reprint a label, see Reprint a shipping label.

If you are located within the United States, you can buy shipping and related services, as well as purchase and print shipping labels, using Buy Shipping in Seller Central. If you need information about return labels instead of shipping labels, see Manage returns.

The following browsers are supported and are required to print shipping labels successfully through Buy Shipping:

  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (ESR 38 and above)
  • Internet Explorer 11, latest version
  • Safari (latest, versions 5.1, 6, and 7 as of May 2014)

Buy shipping

On the Manage Orders page, you can buy shipping either from the list view or from the order details.

From your seller account, go to Orders > Manage Orders , and then click the Buy shipping button for the order you want to ship. You can also access the Buy shipping button from the Order details page by clicking the order number.

There will be four columns of information on the Buy Shipping page:


  1. The first column verifies the Customer ship option, the Ship to address, and the purchased Items in this package. This information is automatically populated when the buyer purchases an item. If shipping internationally, you will need to enter weights and descriptions of each item in this column by clicking the link under each item.
  2. The second column houses the Ship from location, Ship date, Packaging dimensions, and Weight. Use the package dimensions of the outer-most shipping container, and weigh the package with all packing materials included. When you ship an item for the first time, we store the package size and weight. The next time you ship the item, the size and weight will automatically pre-populate.
    Note: Sometimes our systems will associate a higher weight with a product than the weight you provide for that product. If this happens, you will see a warning about the weight you entered for a package. Confirm that the weight you entered is correct before proceeding. To learn how to submit product information corrections, see There is a mistake on a product detail page. How can I correct it?
  3. In the third column, select a shipping service, any optional services, and the label print orientation (if offered). If you've configured your Buy Shipping preferences ahead of time, your shipping services and optional services will be automatically selected according to the available services, your preferences, and the lowest available cost. If the shipping service you have chosen offers the option to change label print orientation, you can change this at the bottom of the third column. This setting will be automatically stored and pre-populated for shipping services that offer this option. You can enter or update your Buy Shipping preferences by clicking the link at the bottom of the Buy Shipping page.
    Note: To view all available shipping services, on the Buy Shipping page, click the See all options link. The options will differ depending on the carrier.
  4. The fourth column verifies the Delivery date, Total delivery charge, and any shipping service requirements. To view detailed charges, click the See Details link. When you are ready to purchase the shipping label, click Buy shipping.

Packages with multiple parts

Buy Shipping does not support the use of different packages for separate parts of one product. It is not possible to buy separate shipping with different labels and tracking numbers for individual parts or pieces of one product listing.

Print labels

When you click Buy shipping, this will take you to the Shipping purchased and confirmed page. Click Print label to print your purchased shipping label. If you make a mistake or need to reprint the same label, see Reprint a shipping label.

After you purchase a shipping label, the carrier will send you an email with an invoice for the purchase. Underpayment of labels will need to be settled between you and the carrier.

Note: All shipping addresses are confirmed by the carrier. If a shipping address does not exist in your selected carrier's database, a message will appear explaining that the carrier cannot fulfill this order. If the address cannot be confirmed by the carrier, you will not be able to buy shipping services for the order through your seller account.

Buy shipping through Seller Central


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