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This is for eBay sellers (sorry eBay buyers).

What do you think when someone "wins" an auction and then imidiately asks for a discount on shipping?

Does it drive you nuts?

No big deal?

Do you think they are being a weasel?

Etc?
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (section8superbike)

in all cases, the buyers should be asking BEFORE auction closure.
but if they won 3 or 4 items that could easily be boxed/shipped together, then sure... offer a "total" shipping cost.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (s4strati)

Depends. I have been on both sides. In one case I was the buyer and won 2 2" x 4" decals for $3 originally listed for a $15 "Buy it Now" including shipping. The non-commercial seller wanted to charge me $10 to ship these from AZ to MA and I questioned him on it and he immediately gave me negative feedback. It seemed to me that the seller was making up the purchase price with shipping that should have been no more than $4. At the same time as a Seller I am more than happy to combine shipping on multiple auction wins, and am more than careful to include an estimate of the shipping in the original listing.

I found in general it encourages me to bid and my items to sell if I nail down the shipping price in the auction instead of calculating at at the end. Also, forget the eBay shipping calculators which are always way too high.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (Nick D.)

I know you said "sellers" (but who cares)

I would say the deal is done. If he/she had any questions, they should have been addressed earlier... everything I've ever won from you has had the shipping clearly stated.
 
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As far as I am concerned, once they buy, they have agreed to the terms of sale.
 
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Re: (NC Rick)

I hate people who try to dispute shipping terms (or sometimes even the final item price).

Although I have run into a few sellers who will have a very low bid/buy it now price, but a rediculous shipping cost to try to limit the amount of money ebay takes as a percentage. Case in point: a guy was selling decals for about a buck, but was charging nearly $10 shipping to mail a sticker in an envelope (about 60 cents). When I questioned him about it he reasoned that the decal itself was really closer to $10, but priced it this way so that ebay couldn't more than a few cents from him because the final auction price was only a buck.

But back to the real issue, if someone has concerns about shipping, they need to address it before they bid. Once you bid it's a binding contract, even if you disagree with part of that contract. If you don't agree, it's simple, don't bid.
 
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Re: (blueSS)

Just to clarify, I am refering to single items. If there is shipping to be combined I am more than willing to put them all in one box.
 
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Re: (section8superbike)

I feel the same way most have posted here.
If it is a single item, then the shipping is whatever is posted in the auction. If someone tries to 'negotiate' the shipping then I would feel they are just trying to weasel out of it.
Some people may justify trying to get a lower price because it is acually "Shipping AND Handling". Maybe they dont feel like they should pay for the "Handling" portion, but regardless, shipping is what it is, as long as it is posted in the auction.
 
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Re: (section8superbike)

After the auction the deal is done. If they didn't like the shipping charge they should not have bid. I say weasel. I had a guy do that on an item i sold but instead of asking he just gave himself a discount and underpaid the paypal invoice. I returned the entire amount to him and let him know to either pay the auction or be reported to ebay.

As far as you guys with the sticker sellers. I would report them to ebay for fee avoidance. Include theri emails where they cop to it. That would go over well.

BTW. Anyone live near High Point, North Carolina? I have a seller that has had my money for a month and no item. I think he need's a visit.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (section8superbike)

yes
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (section8superbike)

being a weasel.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (Nick D.)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Nick D. »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also, forget the eBay shipping calculators which are always way too high.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Huh, I started using the shipping calculator the last couple of times I have sold something and it has be spot on (for UPS). Of course the shipping calculator is only as good as the numbers that are put into it. The size of the box and the weight have to be pretty close to being correct and you should get a fairly accurate price. Also don't forget to add a couple of dollars for packing materials, especially if you are having ups, fedex, usps, etc pack it up for you.
Of course YMMV
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (section8superbike)

Weasle! Once the auction is over, negotiations cease. If they do not pay report them to eBay. It may take a while, but eBay is pretty good about these things. It really pisses me off when that happens but it does some times and I wouldn't wait around too long before relisting the item. The sooner it is gone and cash is in hand the happier you will be. As a bidder, I always ask sellers who do not post shipping costs before the auction is over. A simple " How much to ship to 33436 US?" Usually does the trick and prevents the seller from trying to recoup money on shipping charges later. If they don't respond, I don't bid.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (onealpha)

i list shipping cost as fixed in the auction. if you give a fair price up front then you will average out shipping cost over the course of your sales. make a little here lose a little there. i have never had someone complain about shipping costs doing this, but some people still ask what shipping costs are even when they are listed in the auction.
 
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Re: eBay Sellers, I have a question for you. (cdansan)

Oh yeah, I always list the shipping cost up front on all of my auctions.
 
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That's totally shady. I can understand the person asking if you would mind shipping through a different carrier like USPS instead of UPS. However, if they bid, they contractually agreed to your stated terms. So, you have every right to stick to your guns and tell them no. There are people out there that push every button and turn every stone looking for a couple of extra pennies. Like that dollar they save on shipping is going to be the deciding factor whether or not their children go to college, or their mother gets that opperation. Bottom line, some people are just cheap.
 
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Total weasel. If the auction is clear as to the shipping costs and method, there is no discussion. Either accept the terms of the clearly stated terms of the binding auction or don't bid.
 
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