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Old 02-21-2017, 01:03 AM   #1
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Does This Bother Anyone Else in Any Way?

When the parcel being shipped to you says this:



But the vendor charges you this...



Now I can understand that it's pretty normal if shipping came out to $7 and the vendor rounds up to $10 or something like that. But to change essentially 2.5x what actual shipping cost was is a bit extreme. In this case, it's not a ton dollar wise so in most cases I'd just be a tad annoyed, shrug it off and move on.

But what bothers me even more is that when I called in to provide my credit card info on the phone, I asked for a confirmation of what the total amount being charged to my card was. I was previously told in an email that it may be "around $18" for shipping due to the weight so I wanted to confirm the exact amount they were charging me. Was it going to be the $18? Pretty normal question considering any normal person would want to know what the price is before making payment. Vendor then proceeded to tell me that he doesn't know the exact amount because he was going to charge me whatever the shipping actually ended up costing. Fair enough, but I did mention that hopefully it's not going to run super high or anything.

Anyway, I guess it's the fact I was told I am going to be charged exactly what shipping is going to be, and then later getting charged 2.5x the shipping cost is what's extremely annoying.

2.5x actual cost is pretty savage. I had a huge box with a sunroof plug/insert shipped for only $40 the other day.


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Old 02-21-2017, 08:45 AM   #2
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You may want to resize your photos so people have some idea of what you are referring to.
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Old 02-21-2017, 09:19 AM   #3
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Yes, it bothers me when I see pics on a forum that aren't resized.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:21 AM   #4
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Yes, it bothers me when I see pics on a forum that aren't resized.
Sorry guys...I didnt realize they were so big.
I started the thread on my phone and just took the pictures with the phone as I was writing it.

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Old 02-21-2017, 11:25 AM   #5
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Shipping 7.15, handling could be for gas to drop it off at usps plus foam and wrap materials.


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Old 02-21-2017, 11:43 AM   #6
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Hmm...I guess thats definitely something to consider. And the box probably cost a few bucks too. I guess I'm just used to charging what shipping costs with things I sell online, even it it requires me to take some time to handle/prep the package.

But I guess this makes a bit more sense if the vendor quoted me a significantly higher price estimate for shipping than what he probably knew the shipping portion cost just to compensate for the handling side.

On a side, the items I bought were small, about 4"x6" or so and wrapped in packing tape. A 15 second packing job lol. How much timr/gas to being it to the post office, that I don't know.

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Old 02-21-2017, 11:55 AM   #7
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Yes, that would irritate me.

Then again, I just ate $152 in shipping charges because I bought an item that wasn't as described from a member here, but made the mistake of gifting the initial payment since he is a well known member so I had to play ball instead of disputing.
I won't be making that mistake again, **** made me sick.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:16 PM   #8
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Yes, that would irritate me.

Then again, I just ate $152 in shipping charges because I bought an item that wasn't as described from a member here, but made the mistake of gifting the initial payment since he is a well known member so I had to play ball instead of disputing.
I won't be making that mistake again, **** made me sick.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:29 PM   #9
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Not even a little bit.

I agree to the shipping charges by agreeing to pay the invoice prior to shipping. If they can buy down the cost of shipping to make more profit, more power to them. Every business functions on the same concept every day.

But if i were told one price and charged another, yes, it would bother me.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:30 PM   #10
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OP, You would've done the same thing if you were a seller to make some kind of profit.

You already paid for it so move on. Don't order from them again. That's about all that you can do.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:42 PM   #11
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No it doesn't bother me because even though the "shipping charge" was only $7.15 that usually doesn't include materials, packing, etc.

Also you agreed to the charge before hand, so just because it ended up being less doesn't mean anything.

If you buy an item at a store that's $100 but in reality it only cost $40 to make, do you complain that it only cost $40 to make too?

It's the costs of doing business.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:50 PM   #12
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Think of the total cost of order. Sometimes people reduce cost of item but increase shipping fees to allure buyers. I.e on ebay some sell items for 1.99 but charge 5 bucks for shipping. Just think of it as it cost 7 bucks. Was your order worth 68 bucks? Most sellers hide shipping fees because buyers like you lol

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What did you buy from Gardendale, AL? That place is a hell hole.
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Old 02-21-2017, 02:59 PM   #15
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

I just wanted to get a sense as to how other guys felt about it. Thats all. And clearly there are some differing views which is expected I guess.

I was provided a high "estimate" on what shipping would be (and was OK with that) but then told I would be charged what the actual shipping cost comes out to. So yes even though I was OK with the higher $18 estimate, thats not what was promised. I was never provided an invoice ahead of the purchase. I was just told to call and give a credit card number for payment. I didnt see an invoice until I opened up the package and there was one inside the box.

Ultimately its not a large sum of money so I'm not pursuing anything. Just leaving it as is.

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What did you buy from Gardendale, AL? That place is a hell hole.
haha...I have no idea where that is tbh.
I'm not looking to out a vendor. Just wanted to get some input from others.

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Old 02-21-2017, 03:02 PM   #17
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Think of the total cost of order. Sometimes people reduce cost of item but increase shipping fees to allure buyers. I.e on ebay some sell items for 1.99 but charge 5 bucks for shipping. Just think of it as it cost 7 bucks. Was your order worth 68 bucks? Most sellers hide shipping fees because buyers like you lol

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I'm pretty sure Ebay sellers that do this are doing it for the sole purpose of keeping their listing fees at a minimum because they don't have to pay fees on shipping costs.
This is not the same.

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Actually you do have to pay ebay fees on shipping on ebay. Sellers do it to get clicks when buyers see the low product price. I see what you saying. Maybe you should finalized the costs then pay it next time you buy. Idk

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Old 02-21-2017, 03:41 PM   #19
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Actually you do have to pay ebay fees on shipping on ebay. Sellers do it to get clicks when buyers see the low product price. I see what you saying. Maybe you should finalized the costs then pay it next time you buy. Idk

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Really? I don't remember that being the case when I used to sell a ton on ebay. But I havn't sold anything on ebay in 10 years so things change all the time.

Yeah I tried to confirm the final price. I specifically asked him how much is he going to charge my card and he said he had to finalize it because he was unsure of the shipping price but would charge me whatever that came out to.

Again, its not as much about the fact he charged me more than the actual shipping cost. Like I said in my my original post, its not a large $ value so I would typically shrug it off. But its the fact they told me they would be charging me the actual shipping cost but then charged 2.5x more than that.
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haha...I have no idea where that is tbh.
I'm not looking to out a vendor. Just wanted to get some input from others.
I didn't ask, "Who did you buy it from so I can go hunt him down and deal out some E46FOT justice by buying him a beer?" I asked what it was you purchased. Was it meth? It was probably meth.

Case closed. OP needs some dirty Alabama meth to keep him going.
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