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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 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

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).

For rate tables, go to:

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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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