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« on: November 17, 2009, 02:59 PM »

looking for an explanation:

seller #1 has a helicopter with an opening bid of  $59.99 , s/h is $10

seller #2 has the same item offered with an opening bid of  $.97, s/h is $69.99

both sellers are in the same area.

is there some sort of tax break on s/h or ?

The way it looks to me is, seller #1 is shipping USPS or parcel post;
seller #2 is going to buy a plane ticket for the package.

what gives??
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 03:03 PM »

The seller pays eBay its fee based on the sale price not on shipping.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2009, 03:07 PM »

sounds like someone is not only trying to scam buyers, but ebay too.

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2009, 03:41 PM »

You can specify whatever you like for shipping and HANDLING. (Handling being the operative word)

In a simple example, a music CD can be put into a small padded envelope, or wrapped in foam and put into a large box.  The cost of the packaging, and eventual size is decided by the seller.  This affects the mailing/courier costs.  And some sellers like to ensure the time they spend "handling" items is also paid for - their choice, I guess.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2009, 04:55 PM »

Something you might try is to do a search for that "helicopter" and when the results come up check "lowest to highest" price with shipping.


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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2009, 05:13 PM »

The high shipping prices scare me. For one thing, if for whatever reason, you have to get a refund, shipping is usually not refunded! Keep that in mind if you are not sure about the seller or if it seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, I speak from experience. I only got burned once and I do a huge amount of shopping online, but forewarned is better than going in blind.
Not to mention that they are trying to get around the fees. I just feel that if they feel like it's ok to do that, maybe it's ok to be "less than honest". The fees aren't that bad and frankly worth it for ease and sheer volume of potential buyers.

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2009, 05:59 PM »

The seller pays eBay its fee based on the sale price not on shipping.

Bingo.  Seller #2 is trying to avoid paying fees to eBay.  It's a $70 item; if they sell it for $70, they've got to pay, let's say $7 of that to eBay.  If they sell it for a buck and charge you $70 for shipping, then they only have to pay eBay ten cents.  This is a reportable offence, BTW, though it's not uncommon - seems to be used by a lot of Hong Kong-based eBay stores (in particular).

I *almost* bid on an item last week, in fact.  Starting big was $0.99.  The seller's info stated he was in the UK.  Shipping was listed at $50 USPS First Class International (though it would actually cost under $10 for that method), and the listing stated the item would be shipped from Asia.  British seller, American shipping, mailed from Asia...  Pretty fishy.  I asked if they had the correct shipping amount, and for clarification about their location and had a pretty terse reply.  Upshot being, they were trying to get around the listing fees by charging the full price via S&H.

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009, 06:06 PM »

I see many items with excessively high shipping cost, I always "ask a question" to the seller my most common replay is "if you don't like the shipping cost don't bid on the item"

I agree with Steve that the premium paid to E-Bay is from the selling price, if the item is "buy it now" and the price + shipping is still at or below what I would pay for the item I might purchase.

I have seen many items (used) that bidders run the price up then after adding shipping I could purchase "new" locally for less.

But then I don't understand why 6-10 people bid on a item in the first couple of days when the end of the auction isn't for another 4-6 days

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