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flatoutharry
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why is postage so expensive

why are some things so expensive to post are some sellers just profiting from posatge I avoid them and dont like how some charge for postage It is fast becoming a scam

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Re: why is postage so expensive

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You would need to provide a bit more information than that.

 

Like - is the postage excessive, or do you just THINK it should be less? Are you aware how much it costs to post items (especially parcels) in Australia?

 

If you don't like the cost, don't buy. As you have said you do, so what is the problem?

 

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smiling.susan2011
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I have noticed this too but if the item for sale is something I really want to buy I always send a message to the seller and ask them to explain in detail why they charge that postage price.  Some items really do cost a lot to post.

 

For example if the item needs a lot of wrapping and packaging to keep it from being damaged or if the item for sale is a unusual shape and needs to be posted in a large size box.   Also depending on the area the item is being sent from and to can have an effect on the total postage cost.  Some sellers are located in country areas, miles away from a post office.  They might have to drive along way to their local post office and add extra $$$ to cover their petrol costs. 

 

There are real reaons why some postage costs are high.  It is best to send a message to the seller and ask for them to explain so you get the full story.  I hope this helps, good luck :smileyhappy:

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diecastcarsvicki
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cost of postage is more than just the price of the stamp Aussie post charge.

wrapping + postal box+ time + travel to post office. on top of that buyer pays by paypal.

paypal takes fees for total of transaction they don't separate postal payment. so all that adds up.

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chameleon54
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Diecastcarsvicki - , All true, but it does seem that a lot more sellers lately are using post charges to boost thier sales price and avoid paying ebay commisions, paticularly on cheaper items. I also avoid sellers with excessive post charges.

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I thought too, that things have to be posted via registered post. It may not be called that,  forget the proper name, but where the parcel or letter is trackable. That boosts the cost.

 

I know my daughter sent off a concert ticket this way and it didn't take merely a 60 cent stamp, it was nearer $6 postage, just for an envelope with trackable post.

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There is no requirement for registered/SOD as long as the seller is happy to self-insure. ALL parcels now have a level of tracking; Click & Send (which is generally cheaper than standard parcel post) has proper Paypal-compliant tracking to the door, rather than the delivery centre.

 

But, yes, the postage cost on a parcel/letter will not reflect any additional services paid for.

 

Susan, if you asked me to justify my postage costs in detail, there is a very good chance you wouldn't have to worry about what they are.

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homeopathmichele57
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Re: why is postage so expensive

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I have just stupidly bought a dress from a buy now listing.
It was 4.30 this morning & didn't have my glasses & pretty sleep deprived.
When I went to pay I saw the postage was $18.25 on an item that is clearly an $8.25 postage cost.
I have emailed the seller since to ask if she has made a mistake in her listing, then went on to look at her other listings & they are all priced the same. Clearly an absolute rip off.
My stupid.
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homeopathmichele57
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I take it back - said its a mistake.
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Re: why is postage so expensive

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flatoutharry wrote:

why are some things so expensive to post are some sellers just profiting from posatge I avoid them and dont like how some charge for postage It is fast becoming a scam


Because we live in the land of milk and honey

 why do you think sellers in china can sell you a usb cable for $1including post. Unbelievable!

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extra-keen
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Re: why is postage so expensive

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As a seller I only charge the cost of postage plus the cost of packaging and handling and any other charges like Registered post or signature on delivery, both services cost around $3.00 on top of other postage, packaging and handling costs.

 

Yes I do agree, postage is very expensive in Australia - however I think you will find that most sellers do the right thing by their buyers.

 

Buyers in doubt about postage costs should contact the seller and ask.

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ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .......sorry

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Just trying to save the comma, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc 

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kobies_costume_jewelry
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Re: why is postage so expensive

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Sell something on Ebay then and only then will you have a true idea about postage costs.

 

My son sold his first item on Ebay $14.95 with free post.

After fees $2.25 and postage small parcel $6.95 packaging $1.05 he made $4.75 

 

So dont blame the seller blame Australia Post 

 

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I would suggest that you check your own feedback before you start accusing other sellers of overcharging on shipping.

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flatoutharry
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I bought a pair of shoes The postage was 9.00 I thought ok they must be going to wrap them  well When they arrived they were no wrapped at all and in a garbage bag  I checked on the postage and it would have cost 6.00 Ok that is only three dollars more I  just dont see how so many charge extra for packing and travelling and post so many items at the same time To me it just sounds like making a profit from postage

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extra-keen
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Just curious as to where you got the $6.00 from? As far as I am aware the cheapest possible postage for a parcel in Australia is $6.95 and that is with no packaging and handling included, that is just postage. To get that rate you have to use an Au Post/Ebay satchell and the cost of the satchell is around 15c.

 

I'd love to know if I could get it cheaper, my customers would definitely benefit!

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2106greencat
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Unless you have really tiny teeny feet, no pair of shoes will fit into a 500g eBay satchel.

 

The smallest possible will be the 3kg - sells as paid for on click and send for $10.55 - and that is standard with no reg. etc

 

Surely buyers take into consideration the postage costs before they hit BIN or CONFIRM ??

 

If not = consider this - next time you go to the store to purchase from BM - petrol, TIME- traffic, queues, waiting,

- against - click BIN and sit back an relax.

 

Just a thought..

 

extrakeen - not replying to you, just always hit the closest 'reply' button LOL (lazy)

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Re: why is postage so expensive

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This goes back to my initial reply - whether the OP KNOWS what postage costs or feels they know what it SHOULD cost.

 

Any parcel under 500g costs $6.95 to post, regardless of packaging. It's just that the satchels through C&S use proper tracking.

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zuezone
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Yes there are people trying the postage scam. I made a bid on a ring and won it only to find out that what I thought I read was $9 postage was $90...for a ring coming from interstate!!!  When I questioned if it was a typo she was honest enought to say no, i did that to avoid paying ebay fees, yet she wouldn't cancel my purchase....but rather chose to ignore me when I asked her to cancel the transaction.  I now see that others have made similar complaints to her because this is a practice she has done many many times...pretty much on all that she sells.  So be aware!!!!  **bleep** is a dishonest seller. When will people learn they cannot try and make more profit and not pay fees. Make the starting fee higher and let us decide how much we wish to pay for an item and keep ebay honest!


flatoutharry wrote:

why are some things so expensive to post are some sellers just profiting from posatge I avoid them and dont like how some charge for postage It is fast becoming a scam




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