Shipping charges on bulky items

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30 Jul 14 08:48:11 pm
Hi. Joe here. This sort of pertains to shipping. I'm in the beginning stages of selling on eBay, and eventually, Amazon. There are some items I'm going to sell that are bulky in weight. One is 17 lbs. It is going to cost more than $12.00 to ship it. Wouldn't it be appropriate to charge the same price to pass it to the customer to offset the pricey shipping charge? On the other hand, I have heard on a training video, that it would not be wise to charge too much for shipping, as the buyer might get the impression that he's being overcharged for shipping. I have seen on eBay quite a lot of food slicers( which I have listed) which have sold and they have charged over $10.00. I would assume, it's to offset the costly shipping cost? I would appreciate any advice on this topic. Thanks.

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30 Jul 14 11:22:14 pm
Hi Joe and welcome to the forum

Shipping costs is something that has to be covered somewhere, wether within the price of the item or as a stand alone shipping price. When you ay that you're heard it's a bad idea to over charge on shipping, that's absolutely correct. Even if someone accepts the over charge, they will often sting you on the feedback.

Of course over charging means just that, charging more than the shipping actually costs. If you are pricing your shipping at your cost, then that isn't over charging.

Mark (fudjj)

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