Yesterday I received a package from the USA. My finger slipped again on eBay, haha! Over the past few years, I noticed that shipping has become exponentially more expensive and never fully understood why… Until yesterday. Before I continue, please know I rarely complain about shipping and always so to friends: It’s the cost we pay for being collectors, and I truly believe that.
But today…. This just tickled me the wrong way. Read on!
The above are two packages that were sent to me and which I received yesterday. They contained 4 sets of commemorative USPCC decks, a prototype deck and the tube containing two uncut sheets of tuck cases. Cool haul, but not overly weird or heavy.
eBay, during checkout, charged me $73.92 total: $3.49 MORE than the price of the items. Gotta love that, but that’s not what this article is about.
When I received the two packages, I noticed a bunch of stickers on stickers on stickers. Every check this thing passed, a sticker was added or so it seems. Cool, gotta have stickers to follow the packages around. But, when I peeled off all those stickers (the seller had spent what seems like a full roll of tape to protect the ENTIRE box, so pulling them off was easy) it revealed the original prices: $8.75 for the square box + $7.35 for the tube. That’s $16.10 total. A $57.82 difference… Hang on…WHAT!?
Before you say “Well Aron, the “Bay” has to make money too”: They did. Off the seller who listed the item.
And before you say “But Aron, that package needs to be shipped from that distribution center to your house through local post services: yes, but $57.82? Come on. I don’t know what postage rates are where you live, but this is insane!
I understand that the prices shown on the box are just the fee’s to get it shipped to a distribution center. From there, there are fees involved to get it to the next, and then to me. That’s 3x shipping charges for one order… Which I did not even ask for (I asked for the order, not paying 3x shipping).
What can YOU do about it?
The short answer: nothing. This is how eBay works now, and if you want to use their platform: Accept it.
BUT… There’s an alternative 🙂
At Collector Playing Cards I recently introduced the Marketplace: A place where you can find playing cards, playing card accessories, playing card related items and more. Best of all: we do not charge fees.
That’s right, you don’t pay for listing your items and when you sell an item we don’t get a share of the profits. Why? Because we are not interested in making a quick buck. We want to build a sustainable community where people can safely learn, share, buy, and sell (perhaps even trade?). If we ever can’t handle the operating costs out of our own pocket, we’ll have a community to turn to for help (hopefully, lol)!
So, are you sick and tired of eBay’s listing fees? Are you sick and tired of their incredibly expensive shipping program?
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Oh, and why eBay’s shipping program is so expensive to the point where the shipping is almost ALWAYS double or triple the item’s cost? Really, I have no clue :/ Please comment below and let me know if YOU do!