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Poll: Who should pay the additional charge as outlined above?

Buyer Pays Additional Shipping Charge 44%       44%  [ 7 ]
Seller Pays Additional Shipping Charge 25%       25%  [ 4 ]
Buyer and Seller Split Additional Shipping Charge 31%       31%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 16

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:51 pm 
 

It's impossible to know the exact shipping costs though, considering they vary depending on the location of the buyer. What costs $17 to send to LA might cost $37 to send to Maine. How does one factor that into it? The way I see it, is to use the ebay postage listing of "buyer pays actual shipping" versus trying to estimate the charges. It's a tough nut either way and gets a lot harder as lots get larger and heavier. For normal items, it has never been an issue...

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 4:01 pm 
 

Shipping is the same rate for media mail regardless of location. Rates are determined by how many pounds.

Priority mail is a factor of weight and zip code. Of course, you can use a flat rate envelope for $4.05 (same rate everywhere) or a flat rate box for $8.10 (same everywhere). By the way, you can easily fit any box set in a flat rate box or about 15-25 modules, or 4 hardcover books, etc.

If the lot is too big for a flat rate box, then use the ebay postage calculator which will create an accurate postage cost based on the buyers zip code and the sellers zip. (you need to input the weight - if you need to, estimate a few pounds on the high side - you can always send a refund for overpayment).  When you sell your item, choose the shipping option for "calculated" postage.

Postage tables can be found at these links:

http://www.usps.com/consumers/domestic.htm

or just www.usps.com

or for the international rates:

http://ircalc.usps.gov/


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:22 pm 
 

jpipes wrote:It's a tough nut either way and gets a lot harder as lots get larger and heavier.

Actually, there's no reason at all for it to get harder — you just need to use the right tools.

If your large lot isn't going to be shipped in the $8.10 flat-rate box (as Breach mentioned above) or by media mail (which is determined solely by weight, not location), then you need to take two basic steps:

1. Get an accurate weight for the package (I heartily recommend one of the postal scales found in any office-supply store);

2. Use that figure with the eBay shipping calculator.

And that's it. Both buyer and seller will be informed of the grand total (high bid, plus shipping based on the buyer's zip code) at the conclusion of the auction — there will be no surprises, and everyone will be on the same wavelength.

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:25 pm 
 

^^^

Damnit! New page ... this would have looked better tucked right under Breach's post. Oh, well.

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:49 pm 
 

I did not know media mail was the same only difference being weight!

You know, that's a damn good idea. With lots of between 40 and 100 books and modules (mainly soft covers and whatnot) one could split all of it between 2 or maybe 3 flat rate priority boxes at $8.10 each. For under $16-24 you'd get 3 day delivery on some very heavy lots. Hadn't thought of splitting shipments before!!

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:47 pm 
 

Well, as long as we are on the subject . . . here is the criteria for Bound Printed Matter.  This is a little known way to ship with the USPS - it is weight and zip code based (but the rates are still fairly cheap).  Weight maxes out at 15 lbs, however, it CAN contain advertising.

      
Bound Printed Matter
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The maximum weight for Bound Printed Matter is 15 pounds. Rates are based on weight, shape, and distance. The maximum size is 108 inches in combined length and distance around the thickest part.

Bound Printed Matter is material that consists of advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial material that is securely bound (not loose-leaf binders), consists of sheets of which at least 90% are imprinted by a process other than handwriting or typewriting, contains no personal correspondence and is not stationery (such as pads of blank printed forms).


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http://www.usps.com/consumers/domestic.htm#H5


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:18 pm 
 

From that description, it is not really clear whether or not magazines qualify. They have advertising and editorial material...but also articles. Does that disqualify them?

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