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Post Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:10 pm 
 

Well, let's see, today I decided to be nice and send it "normal" mail to someone in Canada to combine their shipping.  Spent a good 10 minutes figuring out how to fill out the form.  Reached the end to buy postage, website crashed.  Tried to do a "back" but kicked me back to the beginning, tried a second time, would not allow me to "add an item" into the customs form.  Shut down browser, start again, finish filling out form, now watching the little wheel spin on the USPS site again.  Yeah, this is totally worth it.  Thinking of just ditching the whole "international" option and just going back to only the US of A.  If I was a business seller selling the same items over and over again, this would be okay as I could standardize and increase sales, but for this type of stuff, it's a gigantic p*** in the a** for an average transaction of $8 for non-repeating items.  If I can't jam it in an envelope and slap a label on it, it is a minimum wage job.


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Post Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:10 am 
 

macteets wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Well, let's see, today I decided to be nice and send it "normal" mail to someone in Canada to combine their shipping.  Spent a good 10 minutes figuring out how to fill out the form.  Reached the end to buy postage, website crashed.  Tried to do a "back" but kicked me back to the beginning, tried a second time, would not allow me to "add an item" into the customs form.  Shut down browser, start again, finish filling out form, now watching the little wheel spin on the USPS site again.  Yeah, this is totally worth it.  Thinking of just ditching the whole "international" option and just going back to only the US of A.  If I was a business seller selling the same items over and over again, this would be okay as I could standardize and increase sales, but for this type of stuff, it's a gigantic p*** in the a** for an average transaction of $8 for non-repeating items.  If I can't jam it in an envelope and slap a label on it, it is a minimum wage job.


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Post Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 9:17 am 
 

If you are shipping to Canada, use one of the Priority Flat Rate Envelopes or Boxes.  First Class shipping doesn't seem much cheaper these days.

I usually print shipping directly through Paypal and it takes about 2 minutes or less.  All of the address information and customs details are filled in automatically.  I fill in package size and weight, choose the shipping option, choose gift/sale (now enter an HS Tarrif code of 490199) and done, print.  For drop off, I go to the post office, walk past the line and leave the packages on the counter for them to process when they have time because they are postage paid.  I can't imagine how much time I would waste standing in line at the post office behind people paying for postage there.

It sounds like you are not very computer savy so maybe it just isn't for you - you might consider only shipping within the US and click that setting in your Ebay account so people outside the US can't even send you a message.  I would probably stop offering the Ebay Global Extortion Program.  You might think that you are at least still offering a service that will get them the item (that is what Ebay wants you to think) but I think the general mentality is as follows:

1) No international buyer with any experience is happy with this option
2) Anyone new who tries this option will not be happy with it

Ultimately, the person who is going to leave you feedback at the end is not happy or you have to deal with people asking you to use shipping options you aren't comfortable with.

But cutting out International sales is a huge piece of the marketplace - about 25% of my sales are to people outside of North America.

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Post Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:41 pm 
 

macteets wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Well, let's see, today I decided to be nice and send it "normal" mail to someone in Canada to combine their shipping.  Spent a good 10 minutes figuring out how to fill out the form.  Reached the end to buy postage, website crashed.  Tried to do a "back" but kicked me back to the beginning, tried a second time, would not allow me to "add an item" into the customs form.  Shut down browser, start again, finish filling out form, now watching the little wheel spin on the USPS site again.  Yeah, this is totally worth it.  Thinking of just ditching the whole "international" option and just going back to only the US of A.  If I was a business seller selling the same items over and over again, this would be okay as I could standardize and increase sales, but for this type of stuff, it's a gigantic p*** in the a** for an average transaction of $8 for non-repeating items.  If I can't jam it in an envelope and slap a label on it, it is a minimum wage job.


A flat rate envelope and shipping filled out online (where you can just check a few boxes for the custom form) is the way to go, but if you are only selling an occassional $8 item you might now mess with international sales at all.   As for the extra charge for handling, I have been charging it for over a decade....if the flat rate fee is $20 just charge $21 in the shipping, easy.  Again, though, I wouldn't jump through too many hoops for sales under $10, USA or international.

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Post Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:43 pm 
 

Badmike wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:A flat rate envelope and shipping filled out online (where you can just check a few boxes for the custom form) is the way to go,


Are you using Ebay, Paypal or USPS.com online?

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Post Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 9:38 pm 
 

Mars wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Why don't you simply use the Flat Rate envelopes and boxes for worldwide and print the shipping at home?  I think in the US, the mailman will even pick these up from your house so you don't even have to go to the post office.


For convenience, this is the way to go. But it is critically important to check shipping rates for international shipping as the flat rate stuff is extremely expensive.


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 3:50 pm 
 

Mars wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:
Badmike wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:A flat rate envelope and shipping filled out online (where you can just check a few boxes for the custom form) is the way to go,


Are you using Ebay, Paypal or USPS.com online?


Usually Ebay, but you also can also fill out the customs sheet online if you use Paypal or USPS.com online (it's part of the shipping label). You just check the boxes, and when you print out the mailing label, sign and date the bottom, easy as pie.

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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:39 am 
 

Sorry, is this the right place or i should post this in the silliest price thread?


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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 5:22 pm 
 

Goodwill's knocking this one out of the park.  Somebody's mom, emptying out the kid-now-adult's old bedroom closet...

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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 6:39 pm 
 

Deadlord wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:
PM-Knight wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Nice looking copy of Beastlord ... unpunched  PDT_Armataz_01_05


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The seller accepted a $30 offer on DragonLord ... just an FYI.


GodDAMNIT, don't do that! There is a difference between DragonLord and The DragonLords. You gave me a heart attack! :)


Hi Deadlord,

I'm sorry about that ... the typo I mean ... I should have written "The DragonLords"  PDT_Armataz_01_12


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Here are two others listed for $45 (without counters) and $65 (complete with un-punched counters), respectively or should I say respectfully  PDT_Armataz_01_25

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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 6:42 pm 
 

Ooops ... one more  :wink:

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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:32 pm 
 

PM-Knight wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Ooops ... one more  :wink:


I think he means this one:  
Tome of Treasures :: View topic - Dragonlord (1977)

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Post Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:43 pm 
 

Mars wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:
PM-Knight wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:Ooops ... one more  :wink:


I think he means this one:  
Tome of Treasures :: View topic - Dragonlord (1977)


Hi Mark,

I couldn't find an image (should have gone to Tome instead of Google  :roll: ), but I knew he wasn't talking about the ones I listed. I was just messing around.

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Post Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:55 am 
 

No worries.  I know Frank is always tracking the Wee Warriors DragonLord.

I keep forgetting that FGU put out a DragonLords too.

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Post Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:59 am 
 


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Post Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:51 pm 
 

This is probably a photocopied Victorious German Arms, so don't anyone hop on the BIN too quickly:


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I've already written to the seller to warn him/her, after my experience with this on Amazon....


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Post Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 10:36 am 
 

grodog wrote in Interesting Non-TSR Items Formerly on eBay:This is probably a photocopied Victorious German Arms, so don't anyone hop on the BIN too quickly:


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I've already written to the seller to warn him/her, after my experience with this on Amazon....


After some back and forth, the seller decided to pull the listing. What was most interesting to me was that the photocopy he had seemed identical to the copy I bought from Amazon a couple of years ago:  someone out there has been selling copies for awhile now.....


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Post Posted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:31 am 
 

I remember a little while back the fakes of Victorious German Arms and fake Warriors of Mars were all over the place - someone on Abebooks had 10+ copies of each, they were on Amazon, etc.

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Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:01 am 
 

Not your typical Role Aids lot:


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Post Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:51 am 
 

low starting price for this D&D Colorforms Adventure Set

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