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Old 04-22-2021, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I’ve been selling off parts of my collection on eBay as I prepare to move from New York City to the great, wide open prairies of north Texas. It’s been an adventure dealing with the characters who are on there.

I listed some models and today I got a message that takes the cake from a potential bidder.

He wrote, “I might bid on this model, however, I am only willing to pay $3 for shipping. Just wanted to let you know that if I win, you won’t charge me more than $3 for shipping. Oh, and I think you should offer a buy one - get one free deal on your planes.”

I was absolutely dumbfounded. I’m pretty jaded in dealing with the public as a veteran flight attendant, but seriously, folks? I wrote back that I already charge less than the actual cost of shipping and won’t discount, and promptly blocked the buyer from bidding.

Has anyone else ever received such a crazy demand from someone there?
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That seems very, very reasonable. Honestly, if you’re sending two then shipping should just be free or $3 to upgrade to overnight.
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Don't even get me started with Ebay..I have several threads started on that subject. The latest?? I bought 2 items and paid immediately and neither was ever shipped despite being paid for and both sellers printing a label but never sent. First time in 20 years on ebay I gave negative feedback to a seller yet alone twice in one week.
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Yes that can be awful sometimes, people inquiring why you set that price, or why you are not shipping to an specific country, or jut hate messages if you set a price for your goodies and they can’t afford it
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Yes that can be awful sometimes, people inquiring why you set that price, or why you are not shipping to an specific country, or jut hate messages if you set a price for your goodies and they can’t afford it
I sold off a Hogan Wings Air France Concorde because I have the Gemini 200 version which was released later. A potential bidder sent me a message asking if he could pay me in installments because he couldn’t afford it. I listed the model for $49.99, and it sold for $77. If he can’t afford $77, he shouldn’t be collecting. Then after it sold to another buyer, he wrote again and asked if I had another one.
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I tried listing things with free shipping a while back and raised the initial auction prices slightly to compensate, and sold less than I do by charging a shipping fee that barely covers my cost. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But yeah I love when buyers try to dictate terms to you. Good call on blocking that one.

My favorite one so far is the guy that sent this after he received one of my items:

I’m confident you know why I’m messaging you.

Um, no? He went on to send a dramatic message accusing me of diabolical planning to screw him over because of a loose antenna, 'large paint damage,' and supposedly some fingerprints in the paint, because I had only taken a photo of the 'good side' of the model, and that clearly that was part of my 'cunning plan' to deceive him and take his $30.

I do try to denote any imperfections in my listings, and I had failed to spot a paint chip in this case, but his reaction was so overboard it was hysterical. Of course he wanted a full refund without returning the item, which I refused. Ended up processing a regular return, IIRC.

Then months later he messages saying he's a 'previous customer for multiple aircraft' (wrong) and offers to buy another item for below what I had listed but that he would 'pay right away.' Talk about unmitigated gall....
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I tried listing things with free shipping a while back and raised the initial auction prices slightly to compensate, and sold less than I do by charging a shipping fee that barely covers my cost. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But yeah I love when buyers try to dictate terms to you. Good call on blocking that one.

My favorite one so far is the guy that sent this after he received one of my items:

I’m confident you know why I’m messaging you.

Um, no? He went on to send a dramatic message accusing me of diabolical planning to screw him over because of a loose antenna, 'large paint damage,' and supposedly some fingerprints in the paint, because I had only taken a photo of the 'good side' of the model, and that clearly that was part of my 'cunning plan' to deceive him and take his $30.

I do try to denote any imperfections in my listings, and I had failed to spot a paint chip in this case, but his reaction was so overboard it was hysterical. Of course he wanted a full refund without returning the item, which I refused. Ended up processing a regular return, IIRC.

Then months later he messages saying he's a 'previous customer for multiple aircraft' (wrong) and offers to buy another item for below what I had listed but that he would 'pay right away.' Talk about unmitigated gall....
All that for $30. Sometimes I think it’s not worth the stress and aggravation. I had a buyer buy a couple models (1/200 models that went for around $50 each) from me that got held up by the post office because they’ve been a mess in the past year, and he filed a claim against me, but lost because they finally got delivered. Then he bid on another model of mine a couple months later. Thankfully he didn’t win.
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One must think these are early teenagers doing all these shenanigans. It's getting worse out there on ebay.
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One must think these are early teenagers doing all these shenanigans. It's getting worse out there on ebay.
It sure seems like it! I thought you had to be over 18 to be on eBay but who knows? It’s hard to verify age, I guess.
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And WTF can you ship for $3? $5 minimum it seems nowadays as a minimum shipping amount.
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And WTF can you ship for $3? $5 minimum it seems nowadays as a minimum shipping amount.
You can ship a 1:400 narrowbody that isn't in a huge box for close to $3 First Class if it's not going too far - but that doesn't cover the cost for the box and any packing material, much less your time to do it. So yeah my minimum shipping charge is usually $6. I've done $5 on a few CRJ's and such that I knew would be lighter.
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And WTF can you ship for $3? $5 minimum it seems nowadays as a minimum shipping amount.
The model that the person was referring to in his message is a Gemini 1/200 777-300, it costs around $29 to ship one.
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The model that the person was referring to in his message is a Gemini 1/200 777-300, it costs around $29 to ship one.
I suggest you explore the shipping options through eBay when you sell. Their discounts with FedEx & UPS are very good. You can also setup a UPS account through PayPal as well. Your narrow bodies will generally cost about $10 to ship and $15 for widebodies.
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I suggest you explore the shipping options through eBay when you sell. Their discounts with FedEx & UPS are very good. You can also setup a UPS account through PayPal as well. Your narrow bodies will generally cost about $10 to ship and $15 for widebodies.
Thanks for the info! I wish I knew that 60 models ago in my selling adventure!

I’m so burnt out from visits to the post office! They’re not always the friendliest.
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Thanks for the info! I wish I knew that 60 models ago in my selling adventure!

I’m so burnt out from visits to the post office! They’re not always the friendliest.
Yeah, I only use the USPS when I absolutely have to. Just remember, especially when it comes to widebodies, that dimensional weight really matters. Don't use a 16x16x12 box to send something that could really fit into a 12x10x10. When it comes to 1/200 models, the size of the box is usually going to cost more than the actual weight. So if you use a 16x16x12 to ship a 777...it might only weigh 3-4 pounds but you're going to get charged for 7-8.
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USPS works great for me, they are generally the cheapest option with Ebay discounts, and it doesn't hurt that the main Knoxville post office is about 3 minutes from my house and has a package drop bin. I saw a few delays during the whole Texas weather event thing and associated backlog but that seems to have cleared up now. And Ebay makes it super easy to print the shipping labels so I just slap one of those on the box and drop it in the bin, easy peasy.

(I invested in these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 - saves a ton of time on the labels versus printing on regular paper, cutting and taping - but this is another reason I'm not offering free shipping as we talked about above - box and materials cost some too.)
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