From: SB on
Is this a general scam in the eBay world? That of offering a low
priced item - which would probably not make much of a profit anyway -
and then hitting the me the buyer with outrageous postal charges. This
has happened to me yet again - by a seller in the USA (funny that) - I
am refusing to pay what is obviously grossly exagerated international
postal / shipping fees and - far above what I usually pay - the seller
has now raised a case against me for non-payment. Grrr ... SB
From: Rob Morley on
On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:02:48 -0700 (PDT)
SB <s_byers666(a)yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Is this a general scam in the eBay world? That of offering a low
> priced item - which would probably not make much of a profit anyway -
> and then hitting the me the buyer with outrageous postal charges. This

I's a way of guaranteeing a minimum price while keeping a 99p start
price.

> has happened to me yet again - by a seller in the USA (funny that) - I
> am refusing to pay what is obviously grossly exagerated international
> postal / shipping fees and - far above what I usually pay - the seller
> has now raised a case against me for non-payment. Grrr ... SB

Shipping from the US tends to be expensive anyway, and then there's the
issue of import duty and VAT, which is levied on the total cost
including shipping, and the carrier's customs handling charge on top of
that. But why did you bid on an item if you didn't agree with, or
didn't know, the shipping cost?

From: Big George on
SB wrote:
> Is this a general scam in the eBay world? That of offering a low
> priced item - which would probably not make much of a profit anyway -
> and then hitting the me the buyer with outrageous postal charges. This
> has happened to me yet again - by a seller in the USA (funny that) - I
> am refusing to pay what is obviously grossly exagerated international
> postal / shipping fees and - far above what I usually pay - the seller
> has now raised a case against me for non-payment. Grrr ... SB

Didn't he advertise what his postal charges were before you bid on the
item, If so you need to learn to read the ads before jumping in.

Old saying: "look before you leap" comes to mind

George
From: petrolcan on
In article <7a88cbb0-1e9e-4343-a847-2dd42584c433
@c21g2000yqk.googlegroups.com>, SB says...
>
> Is this a general scam in the eBay world? That of offering a low
> priced item - which would probably not make much of a profit anyway -
> and then hitting the me the buyer with outrageous postal charges. This
> has happened to me yet again - by a seller in the USA (funny that) - I
> am refusing to pay what is obviously grossly exagerated international
> postal / shipping fees and - far above what I usually pay - the seller
> has now raised a case against me for non-payment. Grrr ... SB

Did the seller outline his postage fees in the listing? If so, you
deserve a NPB strike.
From: Kevin F Stubbs on
> This
> has happened to me yet again - by a seller in the USA (funny that) - I
> am refusing to pay what is obviously grossly exagerated international
> postal / shipping fees and - far above what I usually pay

Shipping charges to and from the US have increased significantly,
especially if you want to meet Paypal Buyer/Seller Protection
requirements of providing Proof of Delivery and ensure that they are
fully insured.

Just out of interest, what sort of weight/value/size item are you
refusing to pay for and how much is the seller asking for postage ?

Cheers

Kevin