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Old 02-19-2014, 06:49 AM   #6691
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:23 AM   #6692
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Part of the reason why I stopped selling on Ebay years ago.......the combined Ebay and PP fees became a bit too expensive for small private sellers like myself.
Today, Ebay is made up of mostly merchants.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:40 AM   #6693
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Part of the reason why I stopped selling on Ebay years ago.......the combined Ebay and PP fees became a bit too expensive for small private sellers like myself.
Today, Ebay is made up of mostly merchants.
Stirling sold a bunch of old comics and dragon magazines on Ebay years ago. After the shipping and all those fees, it really wasn't worth the effort. Sure, the buyer paid for shipping, but Stirling had to spend time buying all those envelopes, envelope padding, etc. and take it all to the post office and get tracking receipts.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #6694
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Good grief. I brought a 4.6 lb. box of pictures and old newspaper articles to the post office to ship to a cousin in Canada. Shipping would be $42, and I would have to fill out a Customs form. I said, no thanks, it would probably be cheaper to drive them up and deliver them myself! No wonder the postal service is in trouble! Will have to check out UPS and FedEx rates. The very nice lady at the PO did say it would be cheaper to break up the shipment and send the stuff in several padded envelopes.

I have seen an advertisement on TV for one-price boxes, but I don't remember if it was FedEx or UPS. It's priced by the size of the box, not the weight.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:13 AM   #6695
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Addie, I believe that the merchant/seller pays the fees. I have a merchant account with them, I haven't used it yet
(I set it up so I could sell on eBay). My daughter is a merchant and she pays fees to PayPal.

It's the same with credit cards. Merchants pay a fee to the credit card company. Accepting credit cards allows them to sell a lot more merchandise so it's worth it to them to pay the fee.

My neighbor was a stay-at-home mom and she had a business going selling on Ebay. She bought things at flea markets and thrift shops and sold them on Ebay. She did her postage online and scheduled the mailman to pick up the packages. You have to know what items will sell quickly and how much you can expect to get for them.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #6696
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I've actually had better luck selling on my local Craigslist. Of course, you've got your share of shady "buyers" to deal with too but I've learned to weed them out before they got to my doorstep. ::))
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:12 PM   #6697
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I have seen an advertisement on TV for one-price boxes, but I don't remember if it was FedEx or UPS. It's priced by the size of the box, not the weight.
Thanks, Carol, I forgot about those. "If it fits, it ships." Wonder if they ship to Canada.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:28 PM   #6698
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But 'If it doesn't fit, you must acquit'... ....sorry, couldn't resist..:)
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:31 PM   #6699
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I checked, it's even more than the quote I got at the PO yesterday. Ridiculous.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:06 PM   #6700
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Thanks, Carol, I forgot about those. "If it fits, it ships." Wonder if they ship to Canada.

Aww, I never thought about that. Hope so!

Just saw your post that the cost is higher than the PO. That surprises me.
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