Postage Vs Handling Costs
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2 June 2006
Buying on Ebay is fun and it's important to read a sellers listing thoroughly before placing a bid. If you are unsure of anything on the listing it's always good to email the buyer to ask any questions beforehand. This is especially important if the seller has not made it clear what the postage/handling fees will be. The postage cost is the actual price the carrier charges to send the item. If a seller wants to add a handling charge, then this is usually the costs of packing materials, boxes, tape, packing materials and sometimes labour. The majority of sellers on Ebay are honest with postage and handling charges, but there are sellers out there that seek to make a profit through costly hidden handling charges. A seller may charge whatever they want for their postage and handling fees, but an unhappy buyer is also free to leave appropriate feedback for that seller. I will give you once such example I had with a seller. I had purchased a plant bulb and was happy to pay the $10 postage fee on the sellers listing. When my bulb had arrived I noticed the postage stamp was only $1. The bulb was the size of a pea and crudely wrapped in a piece of newspaper. I was very unhappy knowing that this seller had charged me a $9 handling fee for something that could have been sent for much less. I contacted the seller who told me that I knew the charges upfront and that they could charge whatever they wanted. As this had been an unhappy buying experience for me I left the seller negative feedback. If you are unsure of a sellers handling charges ask first before buying, then always check your postage label/stamp price when your item arrives.
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