Last edited by Lois Lane; 07-07-2006 at 10:17 AM.
Speaking of "Koffee Klatch"...I just bought a coffee grinder, and wondered how many beans to put in it to grind fresh for a pot of coffee..don't want to grind too much ahead of time, as it says it's freshest to only grind what you need. Thanks to anyone who knows!
I can't justify myself charging extra for "handling" because I don't consider the time that I choose to spend listing, packing and shipping items to be somebody else's responsibility to pay for. I agree that everybody's time is valuable, but the items I sell are things I have to deal with anyway. Whether I'm sorting, tagging and packing things away for a garage sale or driving across town to drop them off at Goodwill, it still takes time. I figure the best use of that time is to list on eBay where I can get the most money for my stuff. I consider it part of my cost for accumulating so much crap in my house, and it's not somebody else's problem that I now have spend time dealing with it.Originally Posted by myrosiedog
I've got it down now to where I really don't spend much money on packaging or shipping either. You can order the Priority boxes free from USPS and they deliver them right to your door, and doing the pre-paid shipping labels it doesn't take that much time. The information is already there and you just have to fill in the weight, shipping date and that's about it. Probably my only expenses for shipping are packaging tape, bubble wrap for the more fragile things, and the 1 sheet of paper and little bit of ink that it takes to print each label. The grocery store I go to is a USPS site, so I drop off packages when I do my shopping, or I send them with my husband because he stops by the post office every day to pick up our mail, so I'm never making a special trip just to mail packages. Plus, you can schedule a pick up with USPS and they will come to your house and pick up packages. I have a friend who lives out in the country, and this is what she does all the time. She never goes to the post office.
Lois Lane - Yeah, can you believe that? There are people out there who seriously charge that much. The only time I charge for packaging materials is if I'm shipping something really small in a padded envelope, then I add that cost into the shipping charge. When you do the pre-paid shipping labels they require you to buy Delivery Confirmation but it's free with Priority and with Parcel Post or First Class it's 35 cents. I think it's appropriate to charge the buyer for those things but I always make sure I say in my listing exactly what they are being charged for. I also use the shipping calculator in my listings so people can plug in their zip code and know what their cost will be before they bid.
That's funny that lady wanted to pay only $2. That's happened to me before too, my biggest one is people who win an auction and then write and say they didn't know I only take Paypal and ask if they can pay by check or money order when my auction clearly states in about 3 places that I only accept Paypal. I tell them no, I've gotten burned a few times on the checks and especially money orders so I won't take them anymore. I'm not giving in because somebody didn't bother to read my terms. Money orders seem to always get "lost in the mail". It's funny how people still expect you to send their item even when you never got their payment.
MMMMMMMMMM.......coffee ........off to seek caffine!
I knew everything at 18, and know nothing at 38.
I'm happier knowing nothing.
As an added note about the found kitten: Usually for some reason cats always GO TO people they know don't like cats, so as Lois Lane posted, he may just find the critter so danged cute......
- The Dean Martin Show -
Petula Clark: You know they say you can't buy happiness.
Dean Martin: No but you can pour it..
Sun84 - thanks!
My son sells on ebay a lot. A while back he had two identical items, both used and worn. That was how he listed them. He sold them both and one guy gave feedback that the item was "worn". well, yeah, that IS what it said in the listing. The other guy was well pleased and said so. So I'm assuming that many times satisfaction with an item is a relative thing. Sort of like the old saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
One thing that I bought and we still laugh about is a "bear rug" that I got for the kids room. It wasn't a real bear (we knew that) but more like a stuffed animal bear rug. When it came it was tiny. I wear a size 5 shoe and one of my feet covers the "rug". We just hung it over the canopy of his bed but I still laugh at it.
Recently I sold some bottles of scented oil for candle making to a lady who had bought from me before. She asked for Parcel Post because it was cheaper. I packaged them up with the lids taped down and bubble wrap and sent them off. She e-mailed me almost every day for 3 weeks because the package didn't come and nothing was showing up in the Delivery Confirmation. It finally arrived in a wet plastic bag, the box was completely destroyed. I don't know what happened to it but she sent me a picture and it looked like they ran over it with a truck. Fortunately all of the bottles arrived intact and not even a leak. The thing that irked me was when she left feedback she described in detail the condition of the package, which was not even my fault. She did leave positive so I didn't say anything, I wanted to but I didn't want to deal with her anymore.
Last edited by Marleybone; 07-07-2006 at 03:01 PM.