Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby Metadyneman » Thu May 16, 2013 12:22 pm

Hmmm I am sceptical of that (re eBay investigating high P&P). eBay don't seem to do an awful lot about excessive postage charging which is borne out by the fact there is a good deal of it going on. If buyers don't mark down on postage charging in favour of not wishing to stir things up then the seller is getting away with it really.

I suppose it ultimately boils down to the buyer's want/need of the product, versus price you are prepared to pay to get it. It is really frustrating when you see what looks like a bargain on a "buy it now" only to look further down and see the seller wants P&P at a price which brings the bargain into the "not worth it" bracket.
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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby whufcfan » Thu May 16, 2013 8:05 pm

On the subject of postal charging though, I have noticed a well known seller on eBay specialising in Hornby spares who charges £4 for postage on quite small items such as a coach bogie which in reality would only cost a couple of pounds to post in a small jiffy bag. I feel that is a bit naughty really and seems to be a bit of a profiteering exercise especially as the items offered are generally only available from that seller.


I know who you are talking about, I wanted some valve gear for a loco, they had what I wanted, but the postage was £4, I asked them to reduce the postage but just got a curt reply, I then noticed they were selling a weathered version for £2 postage, so I put it to them what was the difference, I got my item for £2 postage. If you look at their feedback, there is a lot of complaints about postage charges.
When I sell something of a similar size on Ebay, I charge .99p for postage as it will go large letter, anything thinner that 25mm x 353mm x 250mm goes large letter, price increases as the weight goes up.
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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby noel » Fri May 17, 2013 7:10 am

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I generally allow for 16% to cover eBay/PayPal costs whenever I list.

With the lack of buyers, I think the day of the auction is over: everyone
is moving to Fixed Price.

Some bad business decisions have been made by manufacturers to manufacture
not necessarily in China, but in US Dollar contracts, which have doubled prices since
2007. This is not good for business.

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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby alan_r » Fri May 17, 2013 5:48 pm

Metadyneman wrote:
alan_r wrote:I have noticed though some sellers bundle all sorts of 'eclectic' mixes together which you do wonder who would want to buy! :roll:


One man's rubbish, is another man's gold.

There will always be someone out in "buyer land" who wants what others might think is worthless or of no use. It makes for a fascinating market and ensures that there is always a good chance of finding what you want if you look hard enough.


On the subject of postal charging though, I have noticed a well known seller on eBay specialising in Hornby spares who charges £4 for postage on quite small items such as a coach bogie which in reality would only cost a couple of pounds to post in a small jiffy bag. I feel that is a bit naughty really and seems to be a bit of a profiteering exercise especially as the items offered are generally only available from that seller.



Yes I agree. What I was referring to though was say a pack of three EWS hopper wagons and a BR blue coach bundled with them! Most people would be bidding for the three matching items and thus would exclude the other from their perceived value of the bundle, which seems wasteful. But like you say, this can be gold if you bid for the three (and win at a keen price as many competing buyers may be put off), then keep all the 'spares' to sell yourself later. I have done this myself a few times. WIN! :D

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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby 56089 » Sat May 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Well I posted this morning a box of n gauge set track weighted just over a kilo £10 which i thought fair enough, And 6 lengths of n flexi with a couple of bits of set track in with it, weighed 590 grams £11.96!!!!! Due to it having to be sent by parcel force due to its size!! What a rip off!!
Needless to say once I've sold the couple of bits I have on here for sale I won't be sending nothing else or selling anything else on ebay!

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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby whufcfan » Sat May 18, 2013 5:50 pm

Well I posted this morning a box of n gauge set track weighted just over a kilo £10 which i thought fair enough, And 6 lengths of n flexi with a couple of bits of set track in with it, weighed 590 grams £11.96!!!!! Due to it having to be sent by parcel force due to its size!! What a rip off!!


If you had sent these via MyHermes, the lot that weighed just over a kilo would have cost you £4.20 collected from your door & tracked, the other which was under a kilo would have cost you £3.30 collected from your door and tracked! I use them all the time for my bigger Ebay stuff (UK only). They are even cheaper if you take them to a Myhermes collection shop.
Link for Myhermes prices below.

https://www.myhermes.co.uk/wps/portal/PN_CTR/Home/our-prices/!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9Q1tDC2tDSzMDLVj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOJDjQxCHZ0MHQ0MTLxcDDxdvHwNQ8yNDb09DPQjgQrMcSsw1Q_RjzAwiQ_OqizwDgku8fZJNg_Mqiwv8M42DqsyDgsNcwx0jApPdCsoV1TUD9ePxG9YbpR7WaWjoiIAY4ZiaA!!/?content=Our%20Prices

Steve

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Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

Postby 56089 » Sat May 18, 2013 6:47 pm

whufcfan wrote:
Well I posted this morning a box of n gauge set track weighted just over a kilo £10 which i thought fair enough, And 6 lengths of n flexi with a couple of bits of set track in with it, weighed 590 grams £11.96!!!!! Due to it having to be sent by parcel force due to its size!! What a rip off!!


If you had sent these via MyHermes, the lot that weighed just over a kilo would have cost you £4.20 collected from your door & tracked, the other which was under a kilo would have cost you £3.30 collected from your door and tracked! I use them all the time for my bigger Ebay stuff (UK only). They are even cheaper if you take them to a Myhermes collection shop.
Link for Myhermes prices below.

https://www.myhermes.co.uk/wps/portal/PN_CTR/Home/our-prices/!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9Q1tDC2tDSzMDLVj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOJDjQxCHZ0MHQ0MTLxcDDxdvHwNQ8yNDb09DPQjgQrMcSsw1Q_RjzAwiQ_OqizwDgku8fZJNg_Mqiwv8M42DqsyDgsNcwx0jApPdCsoV1TUD9ePxG9YbpR7WaWjoiIAY4ZiaA!!/?content=Our%20Prices

Steve


I'll remember that for future reference thanks :)


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