I had the pleasure of winning an auction for a book on very local history that had sentimental value too. Thinking that I was lucky that the seller was only a couple of miles away and on a route that I took twice a day, I emailed the seller and asked if I could pick up the book and pay cash on collection. This was acceptable to us both. Also, I thought it would guarantee that I received the book, save on postage as I felt it somewhat high and of course save the seller the trouble of going to the post office. When I arived I was told that the payment for the book was insufficent and was handed a piece of paper with the break down of the additional charges. These charges included all ebay listing fees, pictures and all, also the commission fees for selling the item plus a percentage of the total sale was her own fees. I always try to keep my shipping costs to a realistic price and more often than not, it is at cost. I believe that this is now, an across the board rule with almost all sellers . I now definately look at the item and the amount I would consider to be a fair price to charge for shipping before I bid and I most certainly ask if there will be any hidden surprises should I collect an item.
So if you think that postage costs are high ask the seller before you buy what they include in their shipping fees.
Postage and packing that really includes ebay fees
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26 January 2011
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