So I've started collecting View-Master reels, because I've run out of Give-A-Show Projectors and related stuff to add to my collection (for the most part). As such, I've set up alerts on eBay for when new items are listed. Naturally, I'm looking for a good deal, so when I came across an auction for the Land of the Giants View-Master set with a starting bid of $0.99, that sounded pretty good... until I saw that they were asking $22.50 for First Class Postage.
For $22.50, the seller better damn well be overnighting it in a golden envelope!
Anyway, I sent the seller an email questioning the shipping charge, suggesting they'd made a mistake. And here's the response I got back from them:
"here's the deal, by the time you pay listing fees, final value fees, paypal fees and shipping and handling fees there isn't a lot left. Ebay in their wisdom ownes Paypal and the last couple of things I sold have cost around or more than 12% in fees to EBAY. I only pay 10% to The Lord. If you list something now over .99 they charge you, if it's bold they charge you, if you breathe irregularly they will charge you. Whats the difference in selling an item for $22 and charging $3 to ship for a total of $25 (that's what I want to begin with) or $1 to buy and $22 to ship. Oh I guess i can be banned at Ebay now for admitting that. My Brother hacked into my ebay account four months ago, notified buyers of cheaper deals (including his) and when I complained to EBay they turned a deaf ear, (but he's a power seller and sells a ton of things so they don't want to lose him right), I bought a DVD on ebay, watched it and sold it (it was a ripped copy of a show not available on DVD) guess what, my brother turned me and and yep, you guessed it, I got suspended. So there's my answer. Mostly people on Ebay want something for nothing, fact of life, the .99 cents appealed to you because you want a deal, everyone does, I just want the fair price for what I sell without so much of ebay's hand in my cookie jar or pockets. Sorry if this is offensive to you but you could send this to them and I'm sure they will suspend me, it just gets tiring that they preach right and then do whatever they want, simple and sweet, the high cost for shipping includes handling. Hope you have a good day."
Quite a rant, isn't it? Let's see, where do I begin? Oh, let's start with the basics. You don't get something for nothing. If you sell on eBay, you're going to have to pay fees. It's the cost of doing business. If you don't want to pay fees, then set up your own auction website and hope that eventually everyone on the whole planet with internet access decides that's the best place to shop.
12% in fees? Try running a brick-and-mortar store sometime and see how long it takes you to sell that same item... AND pay for the building rental, utilities, employee pay and benefits, taxes, etc.
Then this butthead says, "I only pay 10% to the Lord." Well, tithing is a wonderful thing... if this person is indeed tithing to his church. Apparently, he wasn't there that they that "Thall Shalt Not Steal" was covered, and he didn't do the reading on that, either.
I'll ignore the rant about all the extra fees that have to be paid for all the extras, because let's face it, they're extras! And if his brother hacked into his account and did all that, and he couldn't do anything about it, tough! It's probably his fault for using the same passwords on everything and letting his brother learn them.
I also find it rather insulting that in his defense, he admits to buying a bootleg DVD from someone on eBay (there's that "Thall Shalt Not Steal" thing again) and then reselling it, and getting busted for it... and he whines about it!
So far as getting a fair price on something that is being sold, I don't care what the price guides say, the only value something really has is what someone else is willing to pay for it. I don't give a rat's behind if this guy paid someone $20 for this and he's only trying to make $2 on the sale (after fees are deducted), because if you're going to buy stuff to resell on eBay, you'd better be knowledgeable about what things are going to sell for, and make sure you spend as little as possible, and then set the starting price at the minimum you're willing to let it go.
I don't think I need to bother mentioning the name of this seller, I'm sure that any of you guys who shop on eBay see guys like these all the time.
I'll tell you what, if this guy had just listed the item for $22.50 with shipping of $0.99, I'd have never even looked at his auction, much less emailed him.
Anyway, just thought I'd share.