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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:59 am 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:Once again it's nice to read how gracious the industry figure is.  I hope he posts some interesting stories; I know that some people will be wanting to know print-run counts and edition variations.

Can someone start a separate thread for "Questions to Greg" or something? I suppose I could. I'd just like such information to be accessible and not buried in this thead.
So, Greg, I've got a copy of Dreamlands from 1986, product number 2315-X, and I was wondering how rare . . .   :D

I do want to warn everyone: I AM a storyteller and will be glad to share, but I am also generally quite inaccurate about prints runs and so on, and also, have not worked at Chaosium for 7 or more years and am a bit rusty on some things.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:39 am 
 

Greg Stafford wrote:Can someone start a separate thread for "Questions to Greg" or something? I suppose I could. I'd just like such information to be accessible and not buried in this thead.


Done. Here it is:
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:24 pm 
 

Just a heads up for UK Sellers...

PayPal have confirmed that they do not consider Royal Mail to be eligable for their Seller Protection Policy when sending outside of the UK.

PayPal say you are not covered if you ship with Royal Mail at all. This is because Royal Mail offer no trackable service that requires a signature on delivery. They only offer one or the other, and PayPal's terms and conditions require both.

So if you're going to sell something to someone abroad, do one of the following things....

A. Only send something you are willing to accept as a loss.
B. Send with a courier (TNT, DHL, UPS, etc.)
C. Don't accept PayPal payments from overseas customers.
or D. Only sell to someone you know.

You should also know that PayPal Seller Protection only applies to the US, the UK and Canada. All other parts of the world are excluded. If you send outside of the UK, US and Canada, you do so at your own risk.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:44 pm 
 

Everything I encounter about the English postal system makes "going postal" in the US seem so much better.  It really makes me appreciate the US Postal Service.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:49 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Everything I encounter about the English postal system makes "going postal" in the US seem so much better.  It really makes me appreciate the US Postal Service.

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Having spoken to yours, and to mine, on the phone, I have to say the UK Customer Service offered by our postal service, sucks big time.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:50 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Everything I encounter about the English postal system makes "going postal" in the US seem so much better.  It really makes me appreciate the US Postal Service.

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thing what makes it all the more laughable tho, is that being such a small island, it would be EASY to implement other systems, such as what the US have and would be far more useful for all n sundry, but as is with the usual UK way, we wouldnt fecking have a chance in hell of getting it.

same as what happened times gone by with the modem speeds etc. BT our main telecomms company wouldnt adjust because they had a stranglehold on the market. it was only when the laws came in to break their monopoly that we started to get faster speeds...

postal system is very similar.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:59 pm 
 

Naw. The labour unions wouldn't have it. Can't go making things better or they'll go on strike. And as for 'missing in the mail'... Well if you work in an office you steal photocopy paper and highlighers. So why shouldn't they steal post?


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:16 pm 
 

Well, has any postal worker over there actually 'gone postal'?

And it sucks that other countries don't adopt the same policies for shipping, I can now understand why people won't ship overseas, or only to certain countries.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:33 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:if it took 40 days odd, that must have been sent surface. no way airmail would take that long from the US.

mind you i have known them to send things wrong at times.....

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I can't remember, but I am guessing it went airmail. I cost me $25 for a PHB and few other items (modules, IRC).

I was just about to refund buyer all his expenses when I got the email saying he got it. This was a couple months ago, now. This thread sparked my memory.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:45 pm 
 

bbarsh wrote:
killjoy32 wrote:if it took 40 days odd, that must have been sent surface. no way airmail would take that long from the US.

mind you i have known them to send things wrong at times.....

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I can't remember, but I am guessing it went airmail. I cost me $25 for a PHB and few other items (modules, IRC).

I was just about to refund buyer all his expenses when I got the email saying he got it. This was a couple months ago, now. This thread sparked my memory.


That sounds about right for the price it cost to ship to Italy (and now gives me a somewhat better timeline).

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:01 pm 
 

Paypal are being arseholes. I can see why they want a signature, but demanding tracking as well is stupid.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:10 pm 
 

nn wrote:Paypal are being arseholes. I can see why they want a signature, but demanding tracking as well is stupid.


they are pretty much alienating the seller on the vast majority to the point that you dont really have a leg to stand on. they dont help at all and i think its just a crap excuse for what it should be. mind you, pretty much the same as ebay really.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:26 pm 
 

Aside from used books, does any other Ebay category have as close a porportion of US and international participants?

For instance...does home appliances regularly have UK sellers shipping to US addresses and vice versa?

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:13 am 
 

Well, I'm seriously considering putting up a statement that I will accept PayPal only from active Avaeum members and returning customers. All others should pay with bankers drafts or money orders in Punds Stirling.

That should eliminate most of the problem, and for those 'unknowns and newbies' that still buy, I'll state that there is a £5 processing fee for refunding PayPal payments to those who have decided to ignore the conditions of sale.

In the UK its illegal to use Western Union, and PayPal won't provide any Seller Protection to UK citizens, so unless the buyers are reletively known and trusted, the only thing you can do to protect yourself is make them pay you by a means they can't chargebeck, and charge them for your time if they choose to ignore you.

As an American company, PayPal has now become about protecting Americans against foreigners.


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