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[Oct. 18th, 2007|12:01 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Brr. It was proper cold this morning while I was waiting at the bus stop
(having just missed two buses, before waiting 15 minutes for two more to
turn up together. Tsk.) and if this keeps up, I may have to start wearing a
coat. I think I need a new coat for this winter - I was thinking about a
classic mac type thing, but when we were discussing it last week offensive_mango suggested something with a hood to avoid having to
take an umbrella out, which isn't a bad idea really.

I've got loads of sttuff I want to ebay. I've not sold anything on ebay
since they changed the way they price mail to add size in, as it makes it
more confusing to tell how much stuff will cost to post without going to
the post office. I've decided that instead of worrying about that, I'm
going to make a rough guess how much things will cost to post, set the
starting price of the auction to some amount higher than that and offer
free postage. When I'm bidding on stuff, I usually subtract the postage on
the auction from the most I'm willing to pay before I bid, so naturally I
assume everyone else does the same. Who'd ever do anything differently from
me? If that's the way I'm doing it, it must be right, right?

I'm way behind with it, having got the series 1 DVD in the sale at Virgin
recently, but I've now watched the first 8 episodes (up to where Caesar and
Cleopatra have a baby). I don't really know that much about the history of
it (beyond the obvious like Caesar conquering everyone) and it's fun
reading up about it afterwards to see what they've changed. According to
Wikipedia simbt Ptolemy and Cleo were 15 and 21 respectively when Caesar
arrived in Egypt but they look about 6 and 15 here.

From: flounderingfool
2007-10-18 11:30 am (UTC)
I think when I last ebayed stuff there was a postage option called "sellers standard rate" which I always used and just estimated the cost. You can put whatever amount you like in there.

I would recommend doing that if the option is still there.
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From: metallikat
2007-10-18 11:32 am (UTC)
Rome is most excellent. Almost as good as House.

I think you worry too much about postage charges on eBay. The rule is, if you state clearly in the auction what the price of postage will be, the buyer agrees to pay it by bidding and can't complain afterwards. As it's clear you're not trying to shaft people for postage, just rough guess. Nobody would moan about being charged a bit over the actual postage costs. People (and eBay) moan when a buy-it-now price of 99p with a £100 postage charge is applied, because they can charge you fees on the final price but not the shipping cost, so that's just naughty fee circumnavigation.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-10-18 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, the fees thing is worth realising.

Wasn't your attitude to successful eBay selling "always parcel up and weigh before listing" in the past? You were my initial eBay role model!
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From: metallikat
2007-10-19 08:35 am (UTC)
Hehe, it was before they introduced the charges by size-and-weight thing. Now I can't be bothered to work it out anymore.
I have adapted by use of eBay in recent years, in that I don't bother with auctions anymore and I sell everything with BIN, payment by Paypal only, instant payment required. Lots of photos, measurements and descriptions, only post to UK/EU/Canada/US.

This means no room for buyers messing you about.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-10-18 11:35 am (UTC)
Mmm, Mark Antony.
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[User Picture]From: barrysarll
2007-10-19 11:33 am (UTC)
That actor is also in next week's version of Frankenstein, albeit with more clothes on.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-10-19 12:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-10-18 11:38 am (UTC)
Also, would you like a little set of scales? I have some here you can have and then you can just weigh things and look on Royal Mail's website for how much it'll cost.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-10-18 10:21 pm (UTC)
Nah, I have scales ta. It's just that even if you know how much stuff weighs now, you don't know if it's a small letter, a small package, or anything since the post office made it more complicated to send letters.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-10-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's worth realising. Ta.
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From: metallikat
2007-10-19 08:36 am (UTC)
Just to cover yourself, call it "postage and handling".
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