How One Click to My eBay Listing Made Me $989.99

by Brandon

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On March 15, 2010, I had one of my greatest ticket pulls as a ticket broker. Just a few seconds after pulling front row seats to a Tom Petty show at Madison Square Garden, I pulled two more second row seats for that same show.

Pulls of a lifetime, for sure, but knowing the techniques that made those pulls possible is what The Tickets Guide is all about.

I knew these tickets were going to sell really well, but it was one simple change to my eBay listing that earned me close to $1000 profit on those two second-row tickets. It’s a change that just takes a single click and is especially important for those times that you’re selling absolute top-notch tickets.

And that is…

International Shipping.


It turned out that although the show was in New York City, my buyer was from Hampstead, London. And you know what, it makes total sense. Those tickets were guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime, and I can totally understand flying out to New York City just to see the show. It also might be the case that this person was in England at the time of purchase, but will happen to be in New York by the date of the concert. There are a ton of different possibilities here, but the fact is this:

If I had not offered international shipping, these tickets wouldn’t have sold as quickly as they did.

And even if you’ve only had minimal experience selling tickets online, you know that the longer you wait to sell your tickets, the more likely you’ll have to drop your prices.

Shipping Costs

As you may have noticed in the image above, I do charge customers extra for international shipping. It’s a common practice on eBay to charge extra for international shipping and your customers won’t mind at all. This is true for shipments to Europe as well as to Canada. The last thing you want is to have to cough up international shipping costs, especially if you’re shipping close to the event date and/or through FedEx.

Did you know that shipping tickets FedEx International Priority can cost you upwards of $40? Try to avoid this situation if at all possible, and that means sell your tickets early.

The best way to ship tickets internationally

The best way to ship tickets internationally also happens to be the best way to ship your tickets domestically: USPS Priority via Paypal. I’ve mentioned before that this is the best way to ship tickets because you can print your shipping slip right from home and you simply cannot beat the prices. Above all, you’ll receive a Delivery Confirmation number that is crucial if you want to sell tickets on eBay.

To send tickets via USPS Priority Mail International, follow my instructions as usual, except you’ll see a new drop-down menu that looks like this:


This time you’ll select Priority Mail International. USPS uses the same envelopes for Domestic and International shipments, so all you have to do is drop into your nearest mailbox and you’re done! (Note that if you want to send your tickets via USPS Express Mail, you CANNOT drop this into your mailbox. This has to be delivered through your nearest post office.)


Yes, shipping internationally introduces a few new elements to your sale, but if you end up profiting $100, $50, or even just $10 more, the bit of extra effort is totally worth it. One of your goals as a ticket broker is to make your tickets available to as many people as possible, and offering international shipping is one of the best ways to do just that.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Elhadji December 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I am new to this but what I read here was very informative.Thanks


Brandon December 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hi Elhadji,

Glad you liked it!



Binh Dinh February 22, 2011 at 3:28 am

Hey Brandon, I just sent you an email. All this information is very good! Im looking to be a ticket broker very soon and your website is the best so far. Hope you can respond to my email, thanks


Brandon February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hey Binh,

Thanks for your kind words and yes, I just replied to your email. 🙂



tsai May 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hi Brandon,

This was great information! I just lost money on some tickets on ebay. Josh Groban floor seats I bought for $230 and sold for $80 in a 10 day auction that I didn’t end on a Sunday night. (That would have been Mother’s Day) I knew better. That said, I’m wondering:
What is the best price to start tickets at?
What is the best time to start and end? (7, 10, or 3 days?)
What was your starting price for those tickets?
What are your thoughts on e-tickets or flash tickets?




Daisy July 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

If my problem was a Death Star, this artilce is a photon torpedo.


Benjamin Faber November 12, 2011 at 12:06 am



Important Shipping Information
Depending on the type of claim or chargeback the buyer files, you will need to provide either Proof of Shipment or Proof of Delivery to get coverage.

For payments of $250 USD (or local currency equivalent) or more, it includes proof of the recipient’s signature to confirm delivery.


Robert September 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hi Brandon,
Do you have any experience shipping tickets to buyers electronically either via ticketmasters Transfer Tickets option — or on Stubhub uploading pdf’s from ticketmaster?




Robert September 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

do you have a preference with regard to dealing with real tickets vs electronic and computer printed tickets?

Cheers! Great site!!


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