I only discovered that the other day as well when I tried adding postage for a huge fat heavy book. Grrrr So annoying.
More annoying though is the no postage on dvds. Why shouldn't I charge postage on dvds, particularly when I'm trying to list a bundle of childrens ones. No one will buy them individually, but probably would do as a set. Grrrr. Rant over.
Totally with you on that one...stupid rule! I notice that some people put 'freight' as their postage method...not sure if this is a way to bypass the minimum postage by not stating the postage until the sale is completed. Might be worth looking at a few other auctions or asking sellers who have 'freight' as their postage method?
I came across this recently trying to sell a big book that by weight was going to cost double the maximum to post Ebay is a clever enough tool for them to have a system where you can put in the weight of the item and it calculates the postage for you. Would be far fairer that way.
Ebay says that "other companies often charge free P&P for the sale of DVDs, so they are trying to bring Ebay in line with other retailers". Or words to that effect. So people trying to raise a bit of cash while clearing out their house are obviosuly on a par profit wise with big companies
That's the thing isn't it saltire - ebay have forgot just what made ebay so good; people selling their unwanted weird and wonderful stuff. There is no way an individual can compete with big businesses who get discounted courier/postage. Ebay will end up being another venue for the big boys who only sell the 'popular' stuff. Just like Supermarkets Vs the good old fashioned record shop; supermarkets can sell cheaper therefor record shops can't compete, therefor whatever Tesco choose to sell will hit the charts.
It's wrong for ebay to word it 'Free P&P' because it's not free, it is 'inclusive' - Just wait until you start listing books after the compulsory 'free p&p' kicks in and you try to work out what postage to put for the rest of the world. Or.... discounts for multiple purchases? How do we do that?
I know this thread is a week old now but just had to come on and RANT too!!
I have 20+ DVDs to sell, I always start at 99p (as free to list) then £1.50 P&P. This includes my jiffy bags and time to go to the PO (walking with a two toddlers so not a quick job!!).
I came on here to see if what I was reading was true.....and it obv is! So cross. I agree with whoever said that this is a way for ebay to get more money out of sellers as I will have to charge £2.50 per DVD now and this isn't as attractive a starting price?
Me too, selling about 7 old uni textbooks and very heavy- would be £7.07 by standard parcels but only allowed to charge £2.85 also. So increased my starting bid from £5 to £11 to cover postage, didn't sell first time but did after relisting- just another way for them to get a bigger FVF- after all they only get a % of the postage money when paypal is used. Also I a bundle of 4 boys hats- tried to put them under Boys Accessories- Hats, but that category means you have to offer free postage so put them under Boys clothes- Bundle/Mixed lot. Alson had to charge free postage on a memory card. Most private sellers will bomb ebay off if they have to offer free postage as its simply not worth you selling some things- would probably end up owing them money.