LBJackal wrote:I sell on eBay a lot (many hundreds of items sold - might be up to a thousand, I dunno) and I usually charge more for shipping than it actually costs. Handling is the time it takes to do everything. I usually sell just cards, and charge $3 (it's almost always international, and comes to about $1.50-$2 so I make maybe $1 for "handling" on each card).
But buying is a pain in the ass. Shipping to Canada is always more, and then there's duty that the government charges if they find out it's merchandise you bought form the internet. I bought 4 soccer jerseys, and they charged me I think $75 for duty, or something ridiculous like that.
BTW Lord: I think it's against eBay policy to advertise auctions like this. Not sure, but I think so.
I always know that shipping on EBAY is high so I always calculate it into my highest bid. If I lose, I lose. As for cards, I have bought quite a few on there and it pisses me off when people charge a lot to ship a card. Chances are that if they are selling a decent card, there is just about no handling involved. I would expect that the card is already in a toploader so there is almost no handling. Most people just stick it in an envelope and mail it just like a letter. If they happen to use a padded envelope, how much is that?? I hate it when the pic in the auction shows the card in a toploader and I pay $3 S&H and then it comes in a regular envelope with a standard stamp on it.
Does it really cost almost $3 to stick it in an envelope and drive it to the post office??