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Estimated delivery dates for sellers

For buyers, knowing when they can expect an item to arrive is an important factor when making a purchase. That's why we always show an estimated delivery date on eBay listings.

The estimated delivery date shown on your listings is based on the time it takes you to pack and send items (your dispatch or handling time), and the delivery or courier services you offer.

See our example table

Dispatch / Handling time

Delivery Service

Business days

Estimated Delivery Days

Eligible for Fast & Free


Royal Mail 1st Class / Royal Mail 24




Royal Mail 2nd Class / Royal Mail 48




Royal Mail 48




DPD Next Day




Hermes Economy Tracked




Hermes Economy Tracked



To help manage your buyers' expectations, make sure the estimated delivery time in your listing is accurate. If you need to make changes to your listings, see our page on revising a listing for more information.

Free in 3 Days listings: Fast & Free 

A great way to stand out and attract buyers is with Free in 3 Days. You don't need to do anything; we'll automatically add the Free in 3 Days logo to your listings whenever you meet these requirements:

  • Both the buyer and item are in the UK
  • You offer free postage as your first (default) postage option
  • We can estimate the item's delivery date as 3 business days or less based on your dispatch time, the delivery service you've offered, your location, and the buyer's delivery address
  • You don't offer collection in person or freight as your first (default) delivery option
  • The listing isn't in Classified Ad format

List of all services offering delivery within 3 days

Express 1 Day

Standard 1-2 Day

Economy 2-3 Day

eBay Delivery - Packlink (1 working day) 

Royal Mail 1st Class (1-2 working days)

eBay Delivery - Packlink 2-3 days (2-3 working days)

Royal Mail Special Delivery 1:00pm (1 working day)

Royal Mail 1st Class Signed for (1-2 working days)

Hermes Tracked (2-3 working days) 

Royal Mail Special Delivery 9:00am (1 working day)

Royal Mail Tracked 24 (1-2 working days)

Royal Mail 2nd Class (2-3 working days) 

Parcelforce 24 (1 working day)

Parcelforce 48 (1-2 working days)

Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed For (2-3 working days) 

Other 24 hour courier (1 working day) 

Other 48 hour courier (1-2 working days)

Royal Mail Tracked 48 (2-3 working days) 

Yodel (1 working day) 

Yodel 48 (2 working days)

Royal Mail 48 (2-3 working days) 

UPS Next Day (1 working day) 

DPD Two Day (2 working days)

Royal Mail Second Class Letter / Large Letter (2-3 working days) 

UPS Adult Signature Required (1 working day) 

Royal Mail 1st Class Letter / Large Letter (1-2 working days)

Other courier 3 days (3 working days) 

DPD Next Day (1 working day) 

Royal Mail 1st Class Parcel (1-2 working days)

Royal Mail 2nd Class Parcel (2-3 working days) 


Collect+ Standard (2-3 working days) 

How to qualify for Free in 3 Days 

If Fast & Free logos aren't showing on your listings, here's a few things you can do to help you qualify:

Always make sure to send your items on time or your late delivery rate may be affected. For more information on how your performance is rated, see our article on Seller levels and performance standards.

Next day delivery on eBay

To appeal to buyers who need items quickly, consider adding express delivery services such as overnight or next-day delivery to your listing.

To offer Next day delivery, go to the Postage details section when creating a listing, and choose your preferred carrier(s) from the Services dropdown menu.

The estimated delivery date shown on your listings is based on your dispatch time, and the delivery or courier services you offer.

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