|08-14-2008, 05:01 PM||#21|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Recently I decided to unload some of the "crap" I've collected over the years. I was a little flabbergasted by how little some of this crap really is worth. Anyway, I tried to make some money through shipping to cover the costs associated with ebay (something like 8.75%) and paypal. It took me a good 30 minutes for item to form the boxes, tape them, pack the insides, and then ship the thing priority mail. It cost me $1 less in shipping then what I charged. Some stuff can cost more.
I came to the conclusion that it's not worth selling stuff on ebay unless I'm making at least 2-3 times what it cost me to get.
I'm the best there is at what I do, ha ha! But, what I do isn't very nice, ha ha!
|08-14-2008, 05:04 PM||#22|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Should I just charge actual shipping of $2.00 so instead of making $10 dollars on 4 figures I make $5 off 4 figures? Sorry but no. Sellers have had to up their fees to make any profit.
|08-14-2008, 05:06 PM||#23|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: new england
I agree with Roadblock Recall. You should always know how much *total* you are willing to pay then subtract the shipping cost to figure your max bid. If not, that is your mistake. No one ever complains about "free" shipping listings on ebay. Yeah maybe some sellers do overcharge, but shipping is not "free" either for the seller, so it goes both ways. Just adjust your max bid accordingly, you should bid lower when shipping cost is high, and you can bid higher when shipping cost is low. Also, you can easily sort ebay listings by "price+shipping".
If you've ever tried to sell on ebay, you'd probably understand more. Ebay takes almost 9% of every sale under $25, paypal takes almost 3%. That is close to 12% total of sale off the top from the seller. There is also ebay listing fee that is tiered based on starting listing price, so it costs seller less to list at a lower start price. Important to note that the shipping/handling cost is not used to calculate the ebay fees. So by lowering the listing start price and adding it back into the shipping/handling cost, seller doesn't have to pay as much fees to ebay. For example if seller needs to sell a figure for at least $5 total to cover their costs, it would cost them less in ebay fees to list $.99 start and $4 shipping/handling, versus list $2.99 start and $2 shipping/handling. But either way, its the same exact total for the buyer. If you noticed there were more "free" shipping listings recently because ebay was really pushing and promoting it. Why? Because ebay makes more money in fees with the "free" shipping. Sometimes ebay is a necessary evil, so when I sell stuff I estimate the ebay/paypal fees and stick that into the shipping/handling cost. With gas prices now the trip to the post office isn't cheap either.
|08-14-2008, 05:12 PM||#24|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Deltona, Florida
If you have a problem with the s&h costs, don't bid.
If the s&h costs are outrageously high, such as $15 for 1st class shipping of a loose figure, report the auction to ebay. (It's called fee evasion.)
Seek out auctions with smaller shipping rates. I buy loose figures off ebay often, and look for s&h costs of about $2-$3 with $.50 or $1.00 each additional.
On top of that, as has already been suggested, subtract the shipping from the value of the item to get your maximum bid.
That is how I typically buy loose figures for about $4 a piece including s&h.
It isn't impossible to buy off of ebay without being gouged. Just bid smartly.
Parts for female action figures & dolls
|08-14-2008, 05:18 PM||#25|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: IL 60044
What a Joke.
I am not saying that eBay should be free.
I am just saying that the seller does not get the same amount you pay.
Like many other people said...
You are in control of if you decide to bid on something.
A person must Add the bid price to the shipping and make a decision for themselves. There is no reason you have to bid.
I have a wife, a son, a career and various interests that keep me busy. eBay is just something I do on the side. To me the time I spend packaging and going to the post office is Money.
Oh yea, Shipping materials are Not Free. Priority materials are free. You should go to your local Post Office and grab a dozen "Regular" shipping boxes and envelopes, wave to the cashier and then walk out with the materials. Really, You should do it.
I have never had any trouble selling my goods.
And even if YOU can not afford a buyers price someone else can. The majority of ebay shoppers are smart enough to add the shipping before bidding.
I have 100 % feedback on eBay with over 900 transactions.
WOW, I MUST BE RIPPING people OFF!
HectorXD , Get A Life. LOL
Take A Look
2 sellers have the SAME item for sale.
Seller 1 wants 5.00 for shipping/handling
Seller 2 Wants 10.00 for shipping/handling
Seller 1 auction ends at 10.00
Seller 2 auction ends at 5.00
The 2 people who won these auctions PAYED THE EXACT SAME TOTAL PRICE.
So What is the problem for the Buyer ?
IN THE END YOU DECIDE what you are willing to pay.
Lets Try to Keep it positive guys.
BST 100 Joe 25th Items
eBay Seller: sutdogcomics: Toys Hobbies items on eBay.com
Last edited by The Albino Ice-Snake; 08-16-2008 at 01:13 AM..
|08-14-2008, 05:19 PM||#26|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central SD
I don't have a problem with people making a bit on the backend, my problem is with those that rape you because their item didn't sell for enough by sending it to you parcel post instead of Priority or free like it said. I wouldn't have complained if the person selling my figures actually packaged them instead of throwing them in an envelope and shipping them the cheapest way possible. Same with the MMS guy, had he not just put the pieces loose in the box with no packing I might feel differently.
Gunzlingr's BST Thread: http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-jo...ml#post1742979
|08-14-2008, 07:06 PM||#27|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: VA BABY
|08-14-2008, 07:17 PM||#28|
Join Date: Jul 2008
|08-14-2008, 07:25 PM||#29|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: At Home
My current ebay bill is $62 for listings and back-end fees from sold items. I calculate fees from ebay and Paypal in my Shipping and Handling. More times than not, I end up using some of the item price to send the item to the buyer on top of the S&H fee I charge, but I don't come on here bitching about how I'm getting screwed by ebay or Paypal. I just deal with it.
|08-14-2008, 07:25 PM||#30|
has been warned
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Richmond, VA
wow, you really didnt address anything that I said. You just insulted me and tried to belittle me. Thats neat of you. You make a lot of assumptions in your post that dont really make sense. Im sorry you got so confused and hurt by what I said.
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