It’s common practice on eBay to charge more than the actual shipping cost to cover shipping and handling. People try to abuse it by coming up with outrageous shipping fees on a relatively cheap item all the time. I did NOT do this, however. I charged a flat fee domestically and, when asked about international shipping, quoted an exact price of what I felt that service was worth. If he thought it was too high, he could have told me that BEFORE bidding or not bid at all. Instead, he agreed it was fair – UNTIL he bought more than one item.
As for the comment about World War II, I have already admitted that wasn’t the nicest thing to say even though I was obviously joking (using the internet’s widely accepted smiley emoticon to indicate such). But let me remind you that that particular comment was made only AFTER I was attacked for being a “greedy American looking to rip everyone off” and my country was put down by this individual.
He doesn’t have to be a “happy foreigner” – that’s his prerogative. However, calling my people “rapist baby-killers” is absolutely uncalled for. Period.]]>
Guy from abroad asks you if you will ship to his country. Instead of adding your normal handling charge of about $2.00, you add $6.69 to the postage, your privilege as the seller, covering the trip trough town, filling out customs forms, etc.
Foreign guy probably thinks $12.99 seems OK, to save on the postage let’s buy two small lighweight objects from one seller. It will probably raise the postage a little, but still be cheaper than buying two objects from two individual sellers.
you go: 2 items = double postage
buyer: Woah ! Double postage ? Is it THAT expensive from the US ? OK, I bought those items, I can’t step back now…
you feel generous and go down 25%, still earning $13.20 (if that number is correct) minus gas for your car, envelope etc. ?
buyer gets his $0.98 items and finds out that you charged him an extra $6.51 for dropping a second item into the same envelope that you had to take to the post office anyway ?
To add insult to injury you go braggin about wars won against his grandfather…
Seriously, I wouldn’t be a happy foreigner either !]]>
And let’s keep in mind that my comment was presented only AFTER I received the email telling me that the rest of the world hates Americans and that the bidder apparently has to ask Americans not to rip him off.
He’s the one that started the international incident… Did too!]]>
On behalf of the entire population of the United States for everything we’ve done over the past 400 years, I would like to say: “We were just joking. Lighten up!”]]>
Barring that, we may need to re-evaluate your initial assessment. ;-)>]]>