Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Re: About ebay
Shipping! good question!
When you fill out the auction "form", you will be given a choice as to who pays shipping. Choose "buyer pays shipping".
In your desctription text, indicate that "The buyer will pay shipping from ZIP code xxxxx. Shipping cost will be calculated after the end of the auction." or words to that effect.
When the auction is over, immediately email the buyer congratulating him/her on results of the auction and ask him/her for their zipcode so that you can calculate the shipping costs.
When he/she has responded with a zipcode, go to UPS, USPS and FedEx Ground (note that I said "Ground" Their Ground prices are often much cheaper than UPS 3 day ground) websites and calculate the shipping costs based on size, weight and the origin/destination zipcodes. It is always good to give the buyer a choice between various shipping methods, including faster shipping options. They may be out in the boonies or in a big hurry and these factors may affect the shipping costs.
Add the costs of packaging, the shipping costs and the auction price up and email the total figure(s) back to the sucessful bidder.
If they squawk, then TS. But they won't. I've never had anyone complain about shipping cost for the sammy parts I have sold.