Priority mail with insurance to cover the value is .70 less than my guesstimate. That bitch can bite me. I'm not changin' nothin'.
You can charge as much shipping and handling as you want, so long as it's not a transparent ploy to avoid PayPal fees - even then I have complained to eBay about excessive shipping, and they've never done anything. For example, you have a $10 item to sell, you start at bidding at $1 and put shipping at $10 above what it costs to ship - that way you at least break even.
I've sold hundreds of things on ebay and at this point only offer "free shipping". I put that in quotes because I really am adding at least some amount for shipping into the sale price. You're also much more likely to get a positive rating from the buyer if you offered free shipping because they won't feel like they were cheated if they estimate the shipping charge lower.
Some sellers (usually international sellers) jack up the shipping charges and figure people will figure that into their bid amount because ebay only charges commission on the sale price, not the shipping. Great in theory but high shipping prices just really irritate people.
If you put two auctions up for the same exact item, one for $80+$20 and the other for $100+free shipping, the latter will wind up being purchased probably 5x more often.
But really it's worth your time to cut a deal and offer free shipping even if it costs you a little more because in the end you'll sell shit much quicker.
Yep, that's pretty much the point I was making. And honestly, i feel the same way when I am purchasing. $5 and under for shipping is generally incidental for an item that costs $20 or over. Once you get over that it starts to just seem really expensive, even though that is in fact how much it costs to ship. Unfortunately it really does cost $20 to ship a lot of things, and as a seller you want the added protection of insurance and tracking just to cover your ass. But that gets expensive and the seller is getting fees all over the place now. And be aware as well that ebay not only charges listing and final value fees, but they ALSO get a piece out of your shipping price, which is fucking ridiculous.
I recently sold about $1000 of collectibles, and it was the first time I've sold anything in probably 2 years (I used to work for a store selling things on ebay full time and have bought a sold a lot of collectibles personally as well) and I ended up learning the hard way about a number of things, like how much people are willing to pay for things, how expensive USPS has gotten, how bitchy people cna get, fucking fee structures, etc.
So all four items sold at a pretty decent price. Overall I'm pleased, but mostly happy that I probably won't be doing this again for like, ever. This was the last of my household purge, the only things I couldn't sell locally on craigslist.
And yeah, those ebay and paypal fees definitely do take out a nice little chunk, don't they? O_o
How concerned should I be if my most expensive item has not been paid yet? The other three have all been paid/shipped. I sent the buyer a message last night after 2 1/2 days (I did not set up unpaid item assistant when I set up the listing). This person has been buying/selling during this timeframe, so it's not like she would not have been aware the auction ended days ago or have not seen my message.
I am thinking of sending her another message at noon asking if she would like to cancel the transaction, or if she is having trouble making the payment, and if so, to please contact me immediately. If she doesn't respond to that by tonight, I'll then open the unpaid item assistant and have the system give her 2 more days. Does that sound reasonable? I'd like to offer it to the second chance bidder in time for xmas, and this will be cutting it very close. GAH.
I've dealt with a bunch of problem buyers over the years. This is what ebay takes their fee for. Let them earn it.
Also, even though we are so used to getting paid immediately nowadays, 3 days isn't that long. Did you set it to Paypal only, or is it possible this person is going to be sending you a check or money order?
I always state in the description that payment be made within 3 days. No reason it should take any longer.
Don't worry too much about bidders who delay in payment, second chance offer folks usually always swoop it up.
Usually bidders with negative feedback don't even get allowed to bid on certain sellers items