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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Do the P&P rates on Ebay annoy you? I mean, there's one book I was looking at - it doesn't weigh much and it's not an awkward shape or anything - that has a P&P charge of £4.00. In reality, it would cost less than £1 to package, stamp and post that item. Talk about being ripped off! Needless to say, I declined to bid on the item.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Have to agree with you there James old chap. Some of the people on e-bay are taking the piss with their postal charges.

£30 for a lens, in the UK? What's he sending it by? Private jet?

Andy  old 



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

I think an unjustifiably high P&P rate will result in few (if any) bids, unless the item is rare, really wanted, etc. So the seller is probably shooting himself/herself in the foot. Good!  Wink


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Say you want to spend 27.56 EUR on something, if the seller charges 2 EUR for P&P, you bid 15.56 EUR, if he charges 12 EUR, you bid 15.56 EUR. No big deal...

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

You're sounding like one of us GOMs now Pe@rson

 old   old   old 



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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

I bought two items a few weeks ago, both p&p of £1.00 each, they were both from the same seller, so I paid £2.00 p&p, when the package came, the stamp was 42p. I have a stereo on there at the moment, I have had to put a £9.99 p&p on cos it's heavy.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

Quoting Airsicknessbag (Reply 3):
Say you want to spend 27.56 EUR on something, if the seller charges 2 EUR for P&P, you bid 15.56 EUR, if he charges 12 EUR, you bid 15.56 EUR.

I think the idea is to get it as cheaply as possible.

Quoting Alcregular (Reply 5):
I bought two items a few weeks ago, both p&p of £1.00 each, they were both from the same seller, so I paid £2.00 p&p, when the package came, the stamp was 42p.

Exactly. Annoying, eh?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 4):
You're sounding like one of us GOMs now Pe@rson

I am when it comes to money! It's funny that I, as a leo, used to be a right spend-drift.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

I keep seeing a powerseller selling brand new Canon gear, and its going quite cheap - 300Ds etc - I almosty bid on a 300D which eventually sold for £350, until I saw the P&P... £75+£10 insurance from Canada. Suddenly not such a good deal!


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User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

I usually sell all my DVD boxes (24, Sopranos) once i have finished watching them. Usually they get to £15-£17 and i charge £4 p&p (£2.50 for recorded delivery and £1.50 for a jiffy bag) - so far no one has complained.

User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

I have agree that some sellers see this as a way of boosting their profit. I avoid bidding if the p+p cost seems extortianate.

Recently bought a pair of mid-price binoculars. The p+p was £5 which I thought was fair enough, as they opticals. Imagine my horror when the popped through the letter box in a used jiffy bag with no other wrapping and a stamp for £1.32! I think I was justified in leaving negative feedback in this case.

I've since put them back on eBay as they weren't any good for what I wanted. I've made a small profit. More importantly, I packed them into custom made foam liner and a triple layer box. I only charged for the postage at cost.

[Edited 2005-04-21 17:21:29]

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

Yes, EDKA, but if that's what it costs that's what it costs. But for a small book and normal 1st class delivery £4 is £3 more expensive that it ought to be. I recently sold a video. I charged £1.25 for P&P. The actual cost, after the cost of the jiffy bag, paper (for added support) and 1st class postage was included, was £1.07. OK, so slightly more than the actual cost, but certainly nothing to moan about.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1477 times:
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So the time it takes to package the item and take it to be posted, wait in line to get it posted, all of that should be for free!!!!


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User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

Pe@rson - agreed, so people overcharge when it comes to p&p

User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

Quoting EDKA (Reply 13):
Pe@rson - agreed, so people overcharge when it comes to p&p

meant to say "Some people"


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

I have been ripped off so many times by the postage on Ebay.

Some git charged me 3 quid to post and pack a small book and when I received it, it was simply in an envelope with a stamp for 60p!

When I have sold items on Ebay I always check at the post office first to see how much it will be, and then advertise that price for postage.

Still, like others say above, if the P&P is too much, they I just don't bother bidding!

Kieron747

ps. ALCRegular- I see you've been buying some interesting items too eh?  Wink


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

In my ebaying days I rarely charged shipping and handling. It was more of a hassle weighing the item, etc. I find those outrageous handling charges sleazy.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1443 times:

Alcregular. Kinky kinky eh?  Wink  Wink


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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Shit, I forgot I was logged in!

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):
Alcregular. Kinky kinky eh?

ROFL!



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 1373 times:

I charge $7USD for a $3.85USD USPS Priority post. Why? Because i have to god damn drive to the post office at midnight to ship same day, and I sure as hell want to compensated for it.

User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

lol, just checked out Alcregular's profile, looks like he's made it private.. lol

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

eBay sellers with high postage costs are often doing it to reduce their eBay fees too. Since eBay charges an insertion fee based on the starting bid, and a final value fee based on the price an item goes for, it's to the seller's benefit to keep both a low as possible and make it up on the postage fee. Of course, PayPal will still get them, since their fee is based on the total amount being paid.

David / ABQ


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

I had a bit of hassle when I paid for an item that was listed as £12.50 P&P and the parcel it came advertised a charge of less than 30% of that. I sent the guy an email about it thinking there was some mistake and got this reply:

'THE POST AND PACKAGE CHARGE WAS CLEARLY STATED IN THE LISTING AND IF YOU HAD A QUERY REGARDING POSTAL COST YOU SHOULD HAVE CONTACTED ME PRIOR TO BIDDING. YOU SHOULD ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE PACKAGE DOES NOT PACK ITS SELF. IT HAS TO BE TAKEN TO A POST OFFICE TO RECIEVE PROOF OF POSTING ETC. THIS ALL TAKES TIME , MY TIME, AND AS THE SAYING GOES TIME IS MONEY. I HOPE THIS CLARIFIES THE QUESTION OF POSTAGE AND PACKAGING CHARGES.
REGARDS'

First time I had bought something of size on ebay and was a bit pissed off, however, I asked people on Flyertalk what their thoughts were and it was pretty unanimous that I would be wrong to leave negative feedback as I had intended to do. In the end I left a positive as I had agreed, by buying, to his condiditons of the auction. He delivered what he said he was going to.

It wasn't the fact I was miffed about losing £9 but I just hate being ripped off!



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting TFSPhoto (Reply 21):
lol, just checked out Alcregular's profile, looks like he's made it private.. lol

I take it you haven't actually looked at my profile on here then? Please re-phrase it to looks like she's made it private.. lol


25 Post contains images TFSPhoto : My appologies, i never checked.. i take it all back!! She*
26 Doug_Or : I agreed untill I tried selling on ebay. If you've got several items up, and you have to drive to te PO multiple time, buy a few boxes, wait in lines,
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