Originally Posted by VLSI
I believe you're only option is to put somewhere in the auction body that you will provide free shipping with buy it now. Then at the end of the auction, if someone used buy it now, you would send them an invoice and manually adjust the shipping charge.
Originally Posted by Dolfan954
That is the only way I have seen it done. Only problem is then you cannot use the "require instant payment." I have had buyers many times click "Buy it Now" and not pay. I guess its a balance of not worrying about delayed BIN payment vs the draw-in for free shipping.
Hmm, two cans of worms in one decision. I think I'd rather take advantage of ebay's own, er, framework, to avoid problems rather than put any terms in the listing itself. There's always that one buyer who overlooks them. Also this:
Originally Posted by grendel
I tried free shipping and got maybe a little more traffic, but returns are a much bigger hassle. I noticed Spoo doesn't do free shipping, so I decided not to do it anymore.
so maybe free shipping isn't a big deal anyway. Maybe if a buyer truly wants an item, paying shipping isn't really much of a hurdle. Sometimes I forget that not everyone thinks about purchases the same way I do (i.e. what is the absolute cheapest option possible, heh.) I think I can live with doing free shipping for any buyer - just not on every listing. I'll try using it only on what might be impulse buys.
Thanks for the help, guys!