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Re: The Wonders of eBay

Subject: Re: The Wonders of eBay
by Urulöké on 2012/11/9 10:20:32

On the postage rate:

Heh. to be fair, the postage quoted is using eBay's calculator, which is accurate given the correct weight of the item. Shipping books using UPS Worldwide Express Plus is basically hiring a person to hand carry them on a plane for you.

The US shipping is $70 on this auction, which is again super high but assumably because this seller only uses UPS. Had they offered USPS Media Mail for domestic economy shipping, it would be under $20 to ship all these including a nice pad for "time and materials".

Regardless, it is getting too expensive to ship books from the USA overseas. I have to pay at least $15 per book for anything I have to send (except to Canada/Mexico). I had someone recently from the UK who wanted "signature on delivery" (to make sure it wasn't left on a doorstep, I presume) and the cheapest rate to do this was over $50 for a single book.

The USPS is talking about removing Media Mail as an option, so I expect even domestic books will change from $3 or $4, to $8-10. Unless one ships at the quantities of an Amazon or B&N, who can essentially bankroll their own shipping company at this point.