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99p and 1.17 postage or 2 pounds and free postage?

EBay is driving me nuts at the moment. I'm a lot of small items; keyrings, jewellery, cards, stationery,. My default is to ask for 99p plus £1.17 which covers me for the use of a padded envelope to send the keyrings and jewellery in. Remembering the days of car boot sales, everyone thought 99p was a . Why else do pound/dollar/euro stores do so well? People think they're getting a bargain, that's why. So why does eBay keep suggesting that I offer my items with postage?! If I list them at anything over 99p to cover the cost of offering free postage they won't sell because people will no longer think they're getting a bargain. If I offer things for 99p and free postage I'm making a loss on every single item because it'll cost £1.17 to post them. So what would your choice be, as a potential buyer?

I prefer to pay 99p and postage its still a bargain

2 votes / 25% 2 votes / 25 %

I hate being stung for postage charges, you should include the cost of postage in the price

5 votes / 62% 5 votes / 62 %

Youre selling off junk. Why should you even cover your costs?

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Other please leave a comment to explain

1 votes / 12% 1 votes / 12 %
This poll has received 8 vote(s) so far.

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 1, 2015, 6:32 AM

I have never bought anything off eBay, but I would think twice over a purchase that cost more in postage than the asking price I think.

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 6:54 AM

Tell that to Royal Mail. They're the ones who insist on pricing everything that's not a letter at idiotic prices. I can't send anything thicker than 50mm at 53p. So anything in a padded envelope classes as a Large Letter (up to 2.5 cm thick) and goes for a minimum of £1.17. It's a rip off living in this country at times, I tell you.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 1, 2015, 7:15 AM

I know. Postage is really expensive here in Spain too. Anything not a normal size is classed in the same way.

louisechackett wrote on February 1, 2015, 10:00 AM

I get sucked in by the free postage!

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 10:11 AM

I'm going to try it one day. Two of the same thing (T-shirts or earrings or something I have loads of) and include postage in one but go 99p and £1.17 on the other. Could be an interesting experiment.

MegL wrote on February 1, 2015, 12:52 PM

I have in the past refused to buy items on Ebay where postage exceeds item cost. Better make it higher price and post free.

seren3 wrote on February 1, 2015, 1:35 PM

I just bought an item with $9.99 shipping. The item was priced $10 more on ebay with free shipping. So no difference there. Same vendor on both sites. The other was Newegg.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 1, 2015, 2:59 PM

Would you still be able to make a profit if you upped the price to 1.99 and covered postage, or are your margins to narrow?

WordChazer wrote on February 1, 2015, 3:44 PM

The only things I can guarantee to make a profit on are the Brand New With Tags items that I have, unwanted gifts, items bought on special offer, ends of lines and such that I find stashed away. Otherwise, no, what I'm selling is generally my second hand clothing, jewellery and other bits and bobs. What annoys me is that 99p is the bargain price (think 99c or dollar stores) but the postage costs are 20% more than the bargain price. Unless I move things out of the bargain price range, I'm losing 18p each time I send something. It means I don't sell as much, despite eBay telling me that free postage means 3% more sales. It does on new items but not on my older bits and pieces, essentially a declutter clearout.

motrojam wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:08 AM

I have not bought anything online yet besides membership on some sites.

arthurchappell wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:23 AM

customers should accept that postage is a necessary expenditure for you