just bought this Canali 40S - $489+tax
Edited by fcong - 11/6/15 at 9:55am
Sorry, but I'm actually going to side with the buyer on this. If a buyer wins two auctions and doesn't request combined shipping (and I catch it) I'll always refund the difference. If you can't handle an auction ending at the starting price, you gotta up your starting price.
Yeah, he surely couldn't worded it differently but your response to him isn't very convincing imo. He didn't force you to set your opening bid at a price point that would've been unprofitable for you. It's purely psychological since the total amount I pay is the same, but it does grind my gears when sellers bake in their costs not in the price of the item itself but in the shipping. Ideally the item price should reflect the item cost, and the shipping price should reflect the costs associated with just shipping (handling, packaging, driving to post office, etc.).
For 2 button jackets, the top button is usually at the waist, so measure across. For 3 button jackets, it may be the middle button or close it.
I don't really think that the reasoning in your response makes sense. You risked the items being purchased by two different buyers. I don't really think you should benefit on shipping costs because they were purchased by the same buyer. Personally, I would never bring into discussion what I would make/lose on a transaction. It shouldn't be something the buyer needs to be concerned with either way.
That being said, he could have had a better response and asked upfront if you would combine shipping.