Wed, Jul 14, 2004, 11:18pm (EDT+4) no firstname.lastname@example.org (igor) says:
<snip> Basically, Shipping is a profit item for sellers <snip>
Sometimes. Like charging $20+ to ship something that from anyone
else would cost $5 for shipping.
However, I think you're all forgetting that there usually is a cost
above just the basic postage cost. Wrapping paper, tape, maybe padding,
plus the postage. Hey, I can live with someone charging me $2 total
shipping, for something that takes $1.29 in postage. No prob. But when
someone wants to charge me $5 for the same thing, it tends to irritate
me, a lot.
So, forget about what the postage is, just look at the total
shiupping cost. If it's more than you want to pay, you can either
forget it, or ask the seller if he/she will go down on shipping.
Sometimes that works, sometimes not. I've found that a lot of sellers
that say they ship first class for books will often ship media rate, if
you ask nice. And, some won't.
If the shipping cost isn't clearly listed, alway, I repeat, always,
ask what it is, BEFORE you bid.
We've got a lot of experience of not having any experience.
- Nanny Ogg