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Steve Mills

eBay buys back and postage comparison

Posted Monday, February 11, 2008, at 2:20 PM
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  • So, what about the people that are selling an item for $0.99 and $35 shipping? I've contacted eBay numerous times regarding these, yet you continue to see the same sellers doing that over and over. There's no way you can tell me that it's going to cost someone $35 to ship a CD, wherever they are in the world.

    -- Posted by Thom on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 3:11 PM
  • Thom,

    Especially with flat rate packaging available via USPS. I see it all the time on ebay and I thought this new system was supposed to prevent that? I guess it is bugged.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 3:55 PM
  • Lately eBay has been chasing the Verified Rights Owner's items (VERO) Their resources (over 2,000 employees) might not be as aggressive on shipping gougers, but they keep trying. Send me a current listing and I will track it down and get your answer.

    We use calculated postage, so besides our $1.00 packaging fee to cover supplies, it is ALL postage. We sold a book to Germany that sold for $9.99 but cost over $40 to send. We wrote to the customer and asked it they wanted to cancel the sale, but they declined because they could not find the book elsewhere and understood the postage. The book was 3.5 inches thick and a hard-cover.

    I agree that $35 for a CD sounds fishy, but check to see how they are sending it and from where. The first calculated service you list is the one that is used for the figure, so if they list overnight express first, that is the one that pops up. If it is a set price and they are not sending it express and they are in the U.S. then it sounds as if they are in violation of eBay's policies and I would turn them in.

    eBay makes no money on this, so it is in their interest as well to stop the practice.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 5:09 PM
  • steve,

    Did you use Priority Mail to ship internationally? For example, I shipped 65 duplicated CDs for 37 dollars. That was boxed, printed and shrinkwrapped to Belgium. I am sure a book would or should have been cheaper to send.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 5:48 PM
  • The USPS does not have a media rate for International so I either used First Class International if it was under 4 pounds or Priority if it was over. It was over a year ago so I would have to research.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 11, 2008, at 5:56 PM
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