Another ebay etiquette question

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  1. tiger02

    tiger02 Militarist

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    OK, so I just bought this Tumi garment bag off of ebay. The $25 shipping seemed high, so I kept my bid low. At the end of the auction I emailed the seller asking if he could ship USPS instead of UPS, and if the cost would be the same. He answered yes to both so I paid through paypal. This all happened over the last two days.

    Today I get an email from him that shipping is an extra $14 because it's going to an overseas address. As some here may know, the APO system is set up specifically so that military members do not have to pay for overseas mail. My zip code is actually in NYC--very firmly within the parameters of "Will ship to United States." I sent a very polite email in return explaining the situation and that he could even include 'NY' in my address, to emphasize to the postal workers that he does not have to pay overseas shipping. I added that I would take him at his word that shipping would be the same cost.

    At this point it is not yet a bad situation, but I sense that it is developing in that direction. I will keep the board informed, but I am not optimistic. I did get a reasonable deal, but am unwilling to pay the extra money on principle.

    Any opinions?
    Thanks
    Tom
     


  2. skalogre

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    OK, so I just bought this Tumi garment bag off of ebay. The $25 shipping seemed high, so I kept my bid low. At the end of the auction I emailed the seller asking if he could ship USPS instead of UPS, and if the cost would be the same. He answered yes to both so I paid through paypal. This all happened over the last two days.

    Today I get an email from him that shipping is an extra $14 because it's going to an overseas address. As some here may know, the APO system is set up specifically so that military members do not have to pay for overseas mail. My zip code is actually in NYC--very firmly within the parameters of "Will ship to United States." I sent a very polite email in return explaining the situation and that he could even include 'NY' in my address, to emphasize to the postal workers that he does not have to pay overseas shipping. I added that I would take him at his word that shipping would be the same cost.

    At this point it is not yet a bad situation, but I sense that it is developing in that direction. I will keep the board informed, but I am not optimistic. I did get a reasonable deal, but am unwilling to pay the extra money on principle.

    Any opinions?
    Thanks
    Tom


    Strange. Actually, I remember sending some PC component to someone who was using an APO address and the USPS made me fill out the customs forms and I paid a little more. I am trying to find some references on the USPS site but no luck yet.
     


  3. DNW

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    From what I gathered, military addresses are treated as domestic address for rates purposes.
     


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    I had to ship a package to an APO address a few months ago. You simply just have to make it clear to both the postal clerk who is taking your package as well as having it clear on the package itself that it is APO. They should then charge the domestic rate. $25 does seem a bit much to ship that garment bag, but it could be heavier than I think it looks.
     


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    Nuke the bastard. He's in Atlanta. Probably hates the service he receives in fine dining establishments.
     


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    Nuke the bastard. He's in Atlanta. Probably hates the service he receives in fine dining establishments.

    Does Waffle House count?
     


  7. tiger02

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    Nuke the bastard. He's in Atlanta. Probably hates the service he receives in fine dining establishments.
    LOL SG, Bill, any opinions on this one? With Tech in the CWS, I'll hold off for a couple of weeks at least.

    Anyway, I got a clarification from him. When I paid through paypal, I gave him my APO in the notes section, but PayPal gave him my German address. Apparently he paid USPS online to ship to Germany without reading the note. He's going to try to work it out. We'll see how it goes. Ebay could make this kind of problem go away if they would let me input an APO for my shipping address [​IMG]

    Tom
     


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    Inform ebay that they aren't supporting the troops.
     


  9. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The rates are the same as domestic packages. The only difference is that if the destination is overseas the seller has to fill out a customs form. Insist on the proper rate.
     


  10. tiger02

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    Situation resolved amicably, no tactical nuclear warheads needed. Will keep one in reserve in case Clemson beats Tech tonight. Anyone here from SC? If so, fair warning.

    Tom
     


  11. Luc-Emmanuel

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    How about dealing with members of this forum not sending items after a month and a half, and not answering emails? I'm quite puzzled.

    !luc
     


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    How about dealing with members of this forum not sending items after a month and a half, and not answering emails? I'm quite puzzled.

    !luc



    Huh?
     


  13. Luc-Emmanuel

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    Huh?
    It's another question regarding the original topic, nothing pertaining to members who have participated to this thread. Sorry if this is not clear enough.

    !luc
     


  14. Margaret

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    It's another question regarding the original topic, nothing pertaining to members who have participated to this thread. Sorry if this is not clear enough.

    !luc


    Why be cryptic? What exactly is the issue? (Unless it's some drama that's already been hashed out ad nauseam on some other thread, in which case, never mind...)
     


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    Situation resolved amicably, no tactical nuclear warheads needed. Will keep one in reserve in case Clemson beats Tech tonight. Anyone here from SC? If so, fair warning.

    Tom


    Go Jackets!

    [​IMG]
     


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