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How to calculate postage for heavy items

(7 Posts)
ptangyangkipperbang Sat 27-Oct-12 16:32:44

I am hoping to put a lot of Happyland/Happystreet on ebay as DS3 has outgrown it. I have just been looking at some listings and am stunned by the postage costs - for example, £7.50 for one item. I'm sure that lots of people are paying more than they would if they bought them new once they take the postage into account.
Is there a way that I can send it all in a big box via a Courier? So few sellers seem to do this that it made me wonder if there was a problem with it. If I put buyer collects I'm obviously reducing the number of potential bidders or do lots of buyers prefer this?
Any advice would be gratefully received - thanks.

ListenToYourHeart Sat 27-Oct-12 16:39:43

I'm currently watching some happyland items on eBay and I'm slightly put off by the postage but at the same time understand that it's expensive to post heavier items.

I am at the point in thinking that if the bidding gets too high I'm better off going and buying it new but some of the items ain't at my local mothercare therefore I would be happy to pay nearly the same price as new if that makes sense.

Sorry that probably ain't much help blush

lljkk Sat 27-Oct-12 16:41:45

How big & how heavy would the box be?

ptangyangkipperbang Sat 27-Oct-12 16:44:28

I haven't weighed it yet but there must be about 50 pieces of track and road for starters. On ebay a smaller pile than mine has a £20 postage charge!

lljkk Sat 27-Oct-12 16:49:52

Any courier will want fairly precise weight & measurements. Do you have decent kitchen scales that go up to 2 or 3 kg?

Find a suitable box (smallest possible), weigh components separately (box & bits) if you have to, to get a total, add 10% for tape & bubblewrap & scale error. Try the usual websites (like to get a delivery quote. Note that they quote without VAT, initially, and default insurance value may be below what you need.

ptangyangkipperbang Sat 27-Oct-12 16:54:27

Thanks v much lljkk. I'll do all that later this evening. I just couldn't understand why so few sellers used Couriers.

DorisIsWaiting Sun 28-Oct-12 07:43:53

Also look at collect plus as they will take heavier items for not that much (size dependant!)

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