December 10, 2009, 12:00 AM

An e-retailer puts her stamp of approval on a free shipping service offer

When Elaine Milstein saw that was waiving its subscription fee for eBay merchants, she signed up immediately. She can print all her shipping labels and postage from her office, without waiting in line at the post office.

Zak Stambor

Managing Editor

Elaine Milstein finds the post office is the most efficient way to ship the costume jewelry she sells through her BijouxBazaar store on But going to the post office once or twice a day, often waiting on line each time, wasn’t efficient.

That’s why she wasted little time signing up in mid-October when offered to waive its $15.99 monthly subscription fee for eBay merchants. Now she can print her postage and mailing labels right from her PC.

“Before I had to physically go to the post office,” Milstein says. “Now I can do it all from the desk.” She also likes the fact that can handle international orders, which account for about half of her sales of vintage and antique costume jewelry, as well as Priority Mail and standard domestic postage. now has thousands of eBay merchants using its service, a spokeswoman says. While doesn’t make any money if those merchants only process eBay orders using the system, retailers do have to pay a subscription fee if they want to use the service to print postage and labels for orders through, Yahoo Stores, Google Checkout or their own shopping carts.


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