In the state of Minnesota, sales tax is not charged on shipping costs if
it is listed strictly as shipping charges. If it is listed as shipping
and handling then tax applies on the S&H charges.
Vehicles have special sales tax provisions and you probably couldn't avoid
sales tax by claiming a really high shipping charge.
It's dishonest especially when the seller has somehow misrepresented the
item such that it doesn't have the value to you you thought it did...
and the seller won't reimburse you for the "shipping" charges. It happens.
Ebay rules to live by:
1. 98.5% feedback is marginal, you have a good chance of being
disappointed if you bid on this ID's item. This is hard to judge
though, being stochastic, especially when the ID has less than several
2. Read the feedback. If it's marginal it may be because some whiny
fussbudgets needed their swing at the world. Conversely, people are
insanely reluctant to leave negative feedback, but may drop hints in the
comments. I have a comment to make about some chisels I got recently
but I've never left negative feedback (I follow these rules :) and am
about to break that record... severe pitting and deep toolmarks that
were neither pictured nor described.* :(
3. Only bid on stuff you can calculate the final cost out of your pocket
for. Obviously it's nice to know what you're going to pay, and knowing
the max amount you're willing to pay you can adjust your bid accordingly.
4. If it smells like bad fish, it probably is bad fish.
5. Know the value of what you're bidding on.
6. If you're unsure about something, ask (before the last two days of
7. Don't bid on poorly photographed or inadequately described items.
This is the hard one. "Good condition", "great user", etc., seem to
have very different meaning for some people than for myself.
8. Don't let that stupid clown (who doesn't know what he's willing to
pay for the item) know what you're willing to pay. :)
9. Pray to the gods of the shadows that a veil has been cast over that
one item you must have, that no others will find it.
* Contact them? I haven't because what they did, or didn't do, is
already done... I'm keeping the chisels because the pitting is far up
the back of the chisel (they're 12" blades) and the toolmarks are
cosmetic problems on something I got for using. But still, they were
given a "shine" on a buffing wheel to make them look passably good for
sale on ebay, and given the other items ID was selling they were
obviously savvy to old-toolers requirements.
Probably the most important bit of advice. Like the guy that spends
$59.95 on a magic cream that will grow hair on his bald spot in 10
days. When it doesn't, he feels ripped off. When the company jerks him
around about a refund, he feels ripped off. In my opinion the dude
ripped his own fool self off the minute he paid money for a magic
cream that he KNEW wasn't going to work.
It never ceases to amaze me the mentality that some folk have. This
way of thinking that absolves them of any responsibility when things
go wrong. Buyer be ware. And as a great man once said... "If it smells
like bad fish, it probably is bad fish."
On 6 Jan 2006 21:43:56 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Does Ebay allow negative numbers in their bidding?
I can buy 5 rolls of that label stuff at Walmart for $4.95, and for
awhile they had an extra "free" roll in the pack, so 6 rolls for that
My brother in law bought a bicycle on ebay with a really high shipping
and handling price (even for a bicycle). The only thing was he was
from the same city as the seller and he told him he would pick it up.
The seller demanded he have it shipped, my BIL said no, so the seller
refused to go thru with the sale.
I was looking at Dell computers on Ebay before Christmas and saw lots of
good prices. But, the price became ripoffs when shipping of $75 to $100
was added. I ended up buying from the Dell Outlet.
One seller even had a different price listed for local pickup that was
like $50 higher than the regular Buy It Now price. He was basically
adding on the profit he normally makes on shipping.
Unless the seller says he allows pickups, you are required to ask before
bidding if you want to pick up.
A number of people have refused to allow pickups or charged a handling
charge. I asked first, so I didn't bid, and now filter their listings out.
No big problem.
I have never refused a pick up, though it has just happened once. It is
easier than shipping, and worth forgoing my $5 handling charge. Obviously
other sellers don't feel that way, but they have the right to run their
auction any way they want, as long as they conform to eBay requirements.
Your BIL deserves a negative feedback for backing out of a purchase; though
I expect the seller just let it go because it wasn't worth the hassle.
You have to open the "additonal information" tab. I agree they aren't
going out of their way to make this accessible, but if they had a
button on the auction page they'd get 100k complaints a day 5% of
which would be valid.
You see the bogus shipping charges the most on things that there are a
lot of competing sellers. Not only do they get more profit by
avoiding fees, they get you to click on their auction instead of the
other guys because of their lower price. Consequently everyone
selling that item has to do it too.
If you look at postal scales, almost everyone is trying to charge you
an additional fee for the a/c adapter that comes in the box.
It must be a numbers game, because when I'm scanning my search results I
don't look for the cheapest, I look at them all... *except* the ones
that've already exceeded what I'm willing to spend. That is, I cull on
the high side rather than selecting from the low side. That's somewhat
different, I think.
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