Re: The good side of auction sites
- Hi Robert and all,
I have found this to be the case more often than not.
Many sellers are listing their products with a low price, but a high
shipping cost to make up the difference. Not good business.
I know that I will order more items if the S/H charges are reasonable.
I work from a different perspective.
I charge a flat rate of $2.00 for any quantity of Z or N Scale items
a customer wants.
$2.00 for one.
$2.00 for 50.
Yes, I have to pay the difference for the larger orders, but I don't
mind because I got a larger order.
BTW My shop in Boise (1983-1986) was located on Vista not to far from
the UP Depot and then I moved down to Broadway.
I was a member of the MR club out at the old penitentiary.
I loved Boise. I only came back to California to go to Paramedic
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Robert Ray" <pray59@...> wrote:
> ztrack wrote:
> > I agree on all of your comments except for this one point. Ztrack
> often gets criticized for our shipping rates...
> Your case is reasonable Rob. What kind of exorbitant shipping I am
> talking about goes like this:
> Suppose a seller on ebay is selling a pack of track joiners for
> and lists 20 packs as available. Shipping is listed at $3.95 for the
> first item, and $1.95 for each additional item.
> If you bought 1 item, you paid $3.95 shipping, and the item safely
> showed up in a 00 sized bubble envelope that cost $1 for the
> and has an $.80 stamp on it. OK, understandable.
> If you purchased 6 packs of track joiners because you are in a club
> and doing some shows this season, they show up in the same 1 dollar
> bubble envelope with the same 80 cent stamp on it, but you paid
> shipping. The seller made an extra $9.75 profit off the shipping
> This kind of seller is the kind I am talking about. I got took this
> week cause I was in a hurry and did not read the fine print about
> shipping, instead I quickly read over the "We Combine Shipping" to
> mean "We Don't Profit From Inflating Shipping Charges".
Credit cards are a double edged sword. They are easy to use and make our
lives easier. I live by my credit cards since it is just plain simple to use and
easily rectified. But yes, we retailers must take this into account when we
sell merchandise. I would NEVER even consider not taking credit cards. So the
fees we pay are just part of business and our overhead.
But now we have come full circle. We bring it back to PayPal and what started
this long string of posts on eBay, pricing, shipping, etc. PayPal charges
much higher fees to retailers for the 'privilege' of using their service. For
small retailers and consumers, this is convenient. But for a company like Ztrack,
we have going through great pains to be an authorized Visa and Mastercard
merchant. Our fees are approximately 50% less than if we used Paypal. What this
means is that we can keep costs down and is the sole reason we do not accept
So, if anyone is even still reading these threads, I hope we all have learned
from them. I know I have come through this with some thoughts on improving
our websites to make some of these charges more clear. I hope anyone reading
this has more of an insight what retailers faces when trying to offer products at
the best price. Many retailers cannot get it right which is why we see so
many failures today in the hobby market. It is sad, and a trend I fear that will
Again, it is what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. I ask all of you to
support our Z scale retailers. They are the backbone of this hobby. Also, please
remember to tip your waitress...
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