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Old 08-10-2008, 07:50 PM
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Posted By: Jeff S.

So I recently received an item that I was charged $6.50 to have shipped. Pretty light piece - cost under $10. I figured it would arrive Priority, hence the charge. Nope, just first class, at a grand total of $1.51. I understand a little extra for handling etc., but does this seem out of line?

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Old 08-10-2008, 07:52 PM
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:54 PM
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That's a rhetorical question, right?

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Old 08-10-2008, 10:10 PM
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Posted By: Robert Klevens

I buy tons of cards and memorabilia from Japan. They always charge exact shipping. A few times I was overcharged by 50 cents and they wanted to refund the difference. I am amazed by what sellers charge for shipping here.

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Old 08-10-2008, 10:41 PM
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Posted By: Jeff D.

I've seen this debated countless times between buyers and sellers. The prevailing argument from sellers is that they should be compensated for every aspect of the "costs" they incur while shipping your package. This includes (but may not be limited to) the bubble mailer, tape, ink, gas to and from the post office, their time, actual postage, and possibly the electricity to power their computer and printer when printing the postage/invoice.

I usually try to ship for free.

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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

I think there should be a happy median between the two most common U.S.-based scenarios. Personally, my drive to the last post office I lived closest to was ten minutes @ 55 mph. It was approximately a gallon of gas round-trip. Not everybody lives in an urbanized area. My advice is this: if you're informed of the S&H cost ahead of time, take it into consideration of the amount you're prepared to bid. If it seems a little too high for your liking, either bid accordingly or move along.

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Posted By: Misunderstimated (Brian H)

"Out of line?" Yes, probably.... But I assume you figured the shipping into your bidding so its really just a matter of what you call the money you paid. The other difference is whether eBay took a share. Over the past few years eBay has done a good job (at least from its perspective) in fighting this practice by making the reasonableness of shipping charges -- measured in terms of the actual postal cost -- a concern for buyers even though it should make no difference to the informed buyer whether the disclosed shipping charge is greater than the postal cost. Sellers, as Jodi's post demonstrates, incur other costs in shipping an item besides the amount of money paid to the post office.

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Old 08-10-2008, 11:26 PM
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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

I think it only proper to add that I felt just like the original poster in the days when I was strictly a collector. Sometimes it can be difficult to see the other perspective when you've only lived on one side of the mountain. Keep in mind that some dealers are not strictly one-man operations; the higher-volume sellers have to employ people to package and ship everything, hence their extra "handling" fee. While I agree that these extra fees can hardly be considered as fun as attending a Peaches & Herb reunion concert, it's unfortunately a fact of life. People who are in the market to purchase a Ronco "Pocket Fisherman" know that they're not going to talk Mr. Popeil down to 41 cents in shipping simply because they take issue to the handling charge! To reiterate, if the shipping seems too high, perhaps patience is your best virtue. If the item in question is too rare to pass by, then factor shipping costs into your bid in order to secure an item that's long been on your want list!

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Old 08-11-2008, 08:32 AM
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Posted By: Eric Pugh

S&H is a 2 way street. For every seller who gouges, there is a buyer who complains about legitimate shipping and handling charges. The debate will never be agreed upon by all.

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Old 08-11-2008, 08:55 AM
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Posted By: Lance

I agree 100% with Jodi on this one. What someone charges for shipping should not effect what you bid on, as long as it's figured in the bottom line. You can purchase 2000 bubble mailers all day for $15.95, but shipping will be $80-100. It's still a great deal compared to a strait purchase from a supplier, but it looks horrible on paper. It's the total that counts for me.

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