The eBay shipping Ripoff Racket
I swear, if I get one more package in the mail from an eBay seller with an 7x shipping cost markup, I'm going to scream.
The last package I got shipped from Florida, in a letter-sized bubble mailer for two tiny specialty screwdriver bits. What was the shipping cost? $10.00. What was the postage on the bubble mailer? $1.00.
I know a bubble mailer doesn't cost that much (50 cents maybe?). Combine this with 30 seconds to fill out the customs form, and another minute to tape all the address info to the package. Two minutes of work for $8. I gotta get myself in on this racket...
Maybe it wouldn't bother me so much if I hadn't been burned a while back by some junk-drawer retailer who charged me $30 shipping (retroactively, it seems) for about $7 in actual shipping charges, a heavily recycled box and some hard-used bubble-wrap. When I complained about this in the feedback, I get lovely revenge feedback whining about how this person is on disability and needs to take a cab ride to get to the post office.
not. my. problem.
Just another disability scammer. Must be nice.
I went back to check on this person about a month ago. Their account had been closed since August after their feedback score went into a death-spiral of 'Item not recieved' comments and remarks about outrageous shipping fees.
A while back, eBay sent out a notice that they'd improved their shipping calculator. They billed it as being more accurate so that people could charge less for their shipping. Yeah Right
So, now here I am looking at the eBay ad for a Game Boy cart with an $8 shipping charge. Wonderful. Something half a centimetre thin and smaller than a business card. It too will probably cost a buck or so to ship. But the game is hard to find, and it's the *only* ad currently up there for it.
I don't know why I bother.