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  • Overcharge By Seller

    I BID ON A DVD ON WEDNESDAY CRAZY AUCTION, DID NOT READ THE POSTAGE, AS I HAVE BEEN BUYING LONG ENOUGH TO MORE OR LESS KNOW THE CHARGES. IMAGINE MY HORROR WHEN I WON THE DVD TO BE FACED WITH A R100 SHIPPING CHARGE. BID OR BUYERS BEWARE OF SELLERS TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OUT OF POSTAGE. I FEEL THE POWERS TO BE ON BoB SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THIS TYPE OF PRACTICE. EDWARDUS

  • #2
    How about posting a link to the item so we can all have a look ;)
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    • #3
      hi edwardus,
      i was also going to bid on the harry potter movie that you bid on but the increments were ridiculous and then the postage R100-00 anywhere in rsa. i asked the question speed services or economail and was told it was normal post with a tracking number. ID number for your sale is
      20381625. same seller no sale ID20380526 answered the question R80-00 for 1 cd and R120-00 for 2. same seller ID 20380480 question asked about postage and the answer was that he quoted wrong price at R80-00 and the correct price was R75-00. you could buy all 3 cds and send it with speed services for less than that. i have also had experience with a cape town based seller who believes that cape town is not a part of south africa and doesn't use the south african postal services so we the buyers who might also be sellers and post regularly don't know what the charges are. i am sorry but do not know haw to post a link to the item so have given id numbers

      http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/20381...c_edition.html
      Last edited by admin; 25-03-10, 20:20. Reason: Inserted link to item

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      • #4
        I bought a box set from this seller recently and paid R25 for normal post
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        • #5
          I have also bought from this seller before, last time not even a month ago & postage was R25.00 econo-mail.
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          • #6
            I bought 7 dvds and paid R32.00 fom thi seller. I always ensure I win more so I pay cheap shipping.

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            • #7
              i think i also bought from this buyer before and the postage was reasonable but if you think that maybe he wasn't getting the prices he expected the only way to recover his costs or losses is to load the postage prices. i think that bob should look into the matter as we are all aware of the cost of postage and packaging and are prepared to pay a reasonable shipping amount.

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              • #8
                I often come across posts from buyers who complain of being overcharged on postage by certain sellers.
                Whilst I am totally against sellers profiting or compensating their losses from excessive postage and packaging, it is ultimately the buyers choice whether or not to bid on the item, especially so if the postage costs are clearly indicated.

                Similarly, one needs to ask the question if they would purchase from shops which sell goods at excessively high prices ?

                If nobody supports unscupulous sellers, then those sellers would be forced to adjust their shipping costs or go out of business.

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                • #9
                  There is actually a law that prevents anyone profiteering from postage costs! Just speak to your local postmaster!
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                  • #10
                    Shipping costs, one might argue does just comprise of postage but packaging, travelling etc as well.

                    I doubt there is a law yet regulating these costs, thus allowing the loophole for unscrupulous sellers to inflate shipping costs.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, but Bid or Buy do seem to keep an open mind on the costs and when they are ridiculous they take action. So it is always worth reporting ridiculous shipping costs to CW.
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                      Today I am wise and am changing myself.

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                      • #12
                        It may also be a mistake.

                        The new, and very excellent shipping functionality works very nice, except if you are ignorant as to all it's functionality (it might even have worked like this on the previous version).

                        I went and updated the shipping cost for a very heavy item - on the default shipping charges! This action then updated every single listing with the new charge - even the "just sold" ones. Fortunately, a very understanding buyer informed me that the charge changed on the item that he bought, and I could correct my mistake.

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                        • #13
                          True. Sometimes, especially for new buyers, its more important getting in that R1 bid than reading the entire auction, which can prove costly later.

                          Also on some auctions the buyers should be aware of the combining fees which can also be extremely high when bidding on multiple items from same seller.

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                          • #14
                            postage and packaging is a pricky point. if i see what postage is charged on an item and i agree to pay it, it is fine. the topic actually started with postage of dvds. i have bought a few. if you put 3 into a padded envelope which costs around R5-00 and weighs under 1kg, economail costs R17-05. i am prepared to pay R30-00-R35-00 for shipping which should cover some the sellers petrol to drive to the post office. when you get charged R80-00 or R100-00 for 1 dvd in the same packaging and same economail you wonder why the seller is charging so much and you ask the question, he thinks you are crazy for asking as buyers don't know the effort that goes into packing and postage. how can anyone explain the R80-00 charge when you receive your parcel with a R17-05 price sticker on it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tramps View Post
                              how can anyone explain the R80-00 charge when you receive your parcel with a R17-05 price sticker on it.
                              Well they could use the line that they live sooooooo far out of town - but then their area would not show CT, would show some random farm area's name ;)
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