Some people just see the cost stamped on the item they received and don't seem to understand that that is not the only cost involved in posting an item.
PayPal requires proof that the seller has sent the item and preferably that it has been received.
Some sellers use
cheaper standard post and thus leave
themselves open, they have
no proof the item was sent etc.
BEST way out of this for most small to medium items
is Registered Post here in Australia.
The next time you receive a Registered Post package remember aside from the marked cost on the label on your package there is a
BASIC REGISTERED POST cost they charge the sender this for small items is around
$2.80 per item at present. Additional insurance and other options cost even more for the sender. Refer to
http://www.auspost.com.au/ or contact your local Post Office for more information.
Aside from the above the cheapest smallest Australia Post Pack costs just under
$1.00 this does not include any extra protection eg bubble wrap you may have to use.
Remember also that a lot of sellers like me are personal sellers they have to print the invoice and labels for package and take it to the post office.
So please keep this in mind when assessing the postage charged.
If you still feel a seller has charge to much talk to them first before posting feedback. You can also advise Ebay if you feel the postage is over the top.
BEFORE HITTING THE CONFIRM PURCHASE BUTTON OR EVEN BIDDING ON AN ITEM PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE AWARE OF THE POSTAGE AS WELL AS THE COST OF THE ITEM
SELLERS LIKE MY SELF GIVE GENEROUS DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE ITEMS BUT NOT ALL VENDORS DO . . .
CHECK THE LISTING AND IF NOTHING IS NOTED, SIMPLY ASK THE SELLER
In reality probably the cheapest Register Postage cost for a seller would be around $10.95 to cover all costs but most like me drop a $1.00 off and in most cases break even others we loose on.
I also like to add extra protection inside the package if required. some don't the item is left to fend for itself inside a plastic bag or shrink wrap.
Please remember also Ebay/PayPal do not do things for nothing aside from the above costs the seller also has the listing cost and depending on the listing a % of the final sale price. Which is why some sellers have a high postage cost in an attempt to dodge the fees eg $40.00 postage for an item that should be able to be sent for much less
BUT again check the facts before you jump to conclusions the item could be extra heavy and or require special packing.
I have also found that the prices worked out by postage calculators and charts often dont match what the Post Office charges and is frequently more.
I guess the bottom line is read the listing
Add the postage to the max cost you are willing to pay for the item if that is less than the what the item costs or the current bid then don't buy it or bid on it.
Yes Registered Post costs more but it protects both you and the seller.
The ultimate choice to BUY OR BID is yours and yours alone.
Hope this is of some aid and goes some way to explain basic postage costs on Ebay
Thank you for your time.
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26 August 2009
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