Pe@rson
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Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:14 pm

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.
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:22 pm

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?

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:24 pm

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
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:38 pm

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...

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:44 pm

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

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:45 pm

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.

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:47 pm

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?
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:48 pm

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.
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:00 am

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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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:19 am

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.

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:22 am

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.
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:05 am

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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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:44 am

Pe@rson - agreed, so people overcharge when it comes to p&p
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:45 am

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

meant to say "Some people"
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:57 am

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!

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ps. ALCRegular- I see you've been buying some interesting items too eh?  Wink
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:01 am

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.
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:24 am

Alcregular. Kinky kinky eh?  Wink  Wink
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:27 am

Shit, I forgot I was logged in!
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:04 am

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

ROFL!
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:14 am

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.
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:42 am

lol, just checked out Alcregular's profile, looks like he's made it private.. lol
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:01 am

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.

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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:26 am

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!
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:36 am

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
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:46 am

My appologies, i never checked.. i take it all back!! She*  banghead   banghead   banghead 
 
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RE: Ebay And High P&P Rates

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:56 am

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, spend time transribing adresses, and all that good stuff, it quickly becomes more trouble than its worth.

Now, I never charged more than 15% or so than it actauly cost (I like to be able to put a guesstimate up, instead of weighing items individualy), but in the end it was more trouble than it was worth for me, so I understand why people trying to make a living at this have to charge a few $s here and there- otherwise its not worth their time.

If you bid on an item without knowing what shippign is- you have NO right to complain. Chances are you only got the iem fso cheap becuase other interested buyers were smarter than you and did the math. Buyer beware.
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