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FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 7:57 a.m. PST

I'm getting ready to sell off some of my unpainted lead. How should I handle the shipping costs?
1. Price includes shipping USA only
2. Price plus shipping
3. Price includes shipping for USA others at cost.

I like to be fair with shipping but it's difficult to get to the Post Office to figure out cost then get back to the customer and back to the PO. From my searches online shipping rates in the US seem fairly consistant.

Personal logo Dropzonetoe Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Jan 2013 8:01 a.m. PST

Depends on the size of the shipment for me. If someone is paying a $100 USD for stuff and shipping will be a $10 USD flat rate I eat the cost of shipping. If it $5 USD worth of stuff they are going to pay for shipping.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 8:23 a.m. PST

I generally include priority shipping to the lower 48 as part of the price. The easiest thing to do is get some flat rate priority boxes from the post office and see what fits into them. I sometimes use padded envelopes to ship small things and just guess at a couple bucks postage.

"$35.00 dollars, price includes priority shipping to the lower 48."

Dynaman878905 Jan 2013 8:28 a.m. PST

I always seperate the shipping and tell the buyer they can use whatever method they prefer but they assume the risk.

I then film packing the items and handing them to the shipper.

Personal logo combatpainter Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Jan 2013 8:44 a.m. PST

If I want the stuff and it is at a %30 off, the shipping, at least for me, doesn't matter. If I don't really want it or I am broke, I look for the free shipping. When I sell and I feel like it has low marketability(Like French Foreign Legion 28mm)or I really want to get rid of it and I feel the person is negotiating(cause he may like to do that or doesn't have much resources at the moment) I sweeten the deal by offering the free shipping. it all depends and I play it by ear. Everyones is different. Their finances are different, their tastes, needs, desires and so forth. That is how I look at it.

Can you please PM me a list of what you are selling?

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 9:04 a.m. PST

I'd keep the shipping costs separate.
If you can weigh the package, you can figure out the postage costs online on the PO web site. So you don't have to make multiple trips.
You can even print the postage from the web site.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 10:11 a.m. PST

Economists tested this on E-bay. An item at $0.01 USD with shipping at $10 USD, versus $10 USD and free shipping. The $0.01 USD auctions attracted 3 times more bids….

Personal logo Miniatureships Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 10:35 a.m. PST

It also depends on the size of the painted stuff you are planning on selling. Are you selling units or armies? If you are selling units and they will fit in certain size flat rate box, then you have an idea of what shipping will be.

If you are selling an army, and it is of a good size, then you might state the price plus shipping. Remember, the Post office not only charges you by the weight of the box also by the size of the box, which could more than double the shipping cost. And size does become important here because you are selling pre-painted and most likely already based figures. This requires more packing, and another expense, and a larger box. In terms of packing, I really hate getting a box of painted figures that are poorly packed and can bounce around in the box.

The last thing to consider is what you want for the painted figures. If you purchased them painted, you will most likely want to get your money out it. If you painted them yourself, you may be able to deal on the postage.

Skeptic05 Jan 2013 2:57 p.m. PST

4. Price includes shipping for USA; others equal to USA price plus additional difference in shipping cost.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 7:15 p.m. PST

Skeptic, yes of course that is as it should be.

Thanks for the replies.

Panfilov Inactive Member10 Jan 2013 6:43 p.m. PST

Break the Armies up into groups that will fit into a medium or large Flat Rate box?

John Thomas8 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2013 6:26 p.m. PST

I ignore shipping costs if they're in line with what I know the going rates are.

I ignore items where shipping costs are out of line with what I know the rates are no matter how much I'd like to have the item.

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