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Why don't people start item at a higher price rather than over inflating p+p?

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Pangurban1 Wed 02-Mar-16 19:59:13

I bought an item. The p+p was down for £7.40. I saw the actual p+p cost was £2.80 when the item arrived. The item started low and went low. Feel the discrepancy is a bit high and a bit sharp.

Of course, that is better than another seller who cancelled and refunded because they had 'meant to put a reserve price'. The item was on for a few days and they had ample time to pull it rather than letting auction run to conclusion and then pull out after I had paid.

Most people are ok, but there seem to be a few of these at the moment.

Trills Wed 02-Mar-16 20:12:22

You saw that the actual postage cost was £2.80.

The &p must have made up the rest.

You knew the price when you bid, you were willing to pay the total price you paid, I don't think it's worth thinking about really.

Trills Wed 02-Mar-16 20:13:59

In the past, the ebay fees were a % of the "selling price", not including the p&p. So setting a high p&p may be a way to try to get extra money without having to pay the fees on it.

(I haven't sold for ages so not sure if this still applies)

Celticlassie Wed 02-Mar-16 20:15:17

I agree. I'd much rather have a higher starting price than have the seller maximising their profit with p&p. Often my parcels come in taped up plastic bags or second hand Jiffy bags.

Pangurban1 Wed 02-Mar-16 20:32:50

The +p was a plastic bag, taped up. I don't think anyone could blag that up to the difference.

KP86 Wed 02-Mar-16 20:37:43

eBay charges their fees on the total amount including postage now, probably to stop people from inflating postage and getting around fees.

So annoying when it's a pass through cost for the seller.

Pangurban1 Wed 02-Mar-16 20:54:50

It does make the feedback awkward though. The item was a good price, but there is a specific p+p feedback star rating. So I could say it was a good item in comments, but answering honestly would give a low rating for p+p on stars. If the starting price had incorporated the price shoved onto p+p, then it would have much easier on feedback.

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