So what you're saying is, it costs about $20 for a small box and a little tape? I don't believe profit should be made from shipping. Just the product.
I think I may get into the box/tape business.
No, to send a small box that weighs 6oz to most parts of Canada, I would offer 1st Class International as an option, $8.80 plus whatever my fee is to cover my costs of supplies, $2.00 is close, total $10.80
Here is as simple as it gets - if that is too much for you, please find a seller who can better meet your needs. And I'd thank you for your consideration.
Slid into a small bubble envelope it should be under $5 for shipping. I'm sure it'll be fine.
I've been selling on eBay since 1999 and have shipping thousands and thousands of items. I have over 600 active right now, plus work a full time job, so time is not something I have a lot of.
Damage claims take time, I've had items damaged in bubble bags, that's an exception. But, the costs of those damage units are not worth my time and effort, I'd rather know it's going to arrive safe and the only communications I'll have with the buyer are when they want to buy something else. The less communications, the better.
That's my thought too.
I have always charged actual shipping fee. It's not hard to offer a cheap option with a damage disclosure attached to the agreement.
The problem is, at least on eBay, you play by their rules - and any disclaimer can and has been overridden. Plus, no one wins a pissing battle, if you can eliminate the chance of one, do it.
I don't think it matters either way, as long as shipping and handling charges are disclosed up front. If they are unreasonable then I will look elsewhere. I'm sure some sellers use a low price as a teaser and then jack up the shipping costs to make a little extra profit.
Even with Amazon Prime and "free shipping" you have to be careful as sometimes you can buy the product much cheaper even with shipping charges added.
For OEM parts, I order them online (10% discount) from my local dealer and just have it shipped to the dealer for pickup. Usually cheaper than buying online.
Agreed. He may just not know all of the options for shipping international. Even if you go to the USPS Website, they steer you towards priority mail (the $30 option). From reading all of the exhaustive rules and disclaimers at the end of the auction, I would probably not want to buy it anyway.
He may not want to sell overseas, I cut Canada off for two years because all I had was problem after problem with Canadians. The past couple of years have been good. I have the following countries blocked and will not do business with them, for a variety of reasons:
Africa, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Ukraine, Vatican City State, Bermuda, Mexico, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa, South America