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Ebay: Change shipping method after auction ends

shyam09 6,022 2,834 November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM
So I was sending my buyer an invoice and i noticed that i can obviously change the shipping method. So out of curiosity, can we change the shipping method type IF we charge the same rate (or even lower)?

For example: I have listed an item with USPS Flat Rate Small Box and I charge $3.50 Flat
I change it to USPS Flat Rate Padded Envelope but still charge $3.50

Now a twist: what if you don't list the type of package on your listing page? Say I don't list the Envelope on the listing page, it would be wrong for me to charge them extra for the Envelope, but can we still change the shipping method?

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IMO, as long as the item is protect and arrives fine and speed is reasonably fast, I wouldn't care as a buyer.
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as long as you don't change the delivery time or tracking I don't think anyone is going to care as it will not effect them getting the package, now some folks may have issues with fedex vs UPS but for USPS who cares
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Quote from shyam09 View Post :
So I was sending my buyer an invoice and i noticed that i can obviously change the shipping method. So out of curiosity, can we change the shipping method type IF we charge the same rate (or even lower)?

For example: I have listed an item with USPS Flat Rate Small Box and I charge $3.50 Flat
I change it to USPS Flat Rate Padded Envelope but still charge $3.50

Now a twist: what if you don't list the type of package on your listing page? Say I don't list the Envelope on the listing page, it would be wrong for me to charge them extra for the Envelope, but can we still change the shipping method?
As long as you stay with the same carrier USPS, Fed Ex, or UPS and do not switch to a different carrier. And as long as you don't switch from priority or overnight to a slower service, then there is nothing wrong with it.
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Quote from johnlawwhiskey View Post :
As long as you stay with the same carrier USPS, Fed Ex, or UPS and do not switch to a different carrier. And as long as you don't switch from priority or overnight to a slower service, then there is nothing wrong with it.
So basically as long as they have the estimated arrival date.. Cool

Also, just got a buyer who recently joined eBay on the 2nd of November. They have purchased an item but it goes to Portugal. The address is odd but I'm not sure if Portuguese addresses are like that. I did send them a message and they did reply back within a few hours, and they are willing to pay the extra shipping cost. I'll be sending it through USPS international priority mail, but I'm a bit hesitant on international shipping seeing as there is a greater risk of the package getting lost...

I did research on fake eBay buyers, just in case, but it should be safe bet if PayPal verifies the location and gets the payment right?
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Last edited by shyam09 November 5, 2012 at 07:55 PM.
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So basically as long as they have the estimated arrival date.. Cool

Also, just got a buyer who recently joined eBay on the 2nd of November. They have purchased an item but it goes to Portugal. The address is odd but I'm not sure if Portuguese addresses are like that. I did send them a message and they did reply back within a few hours, and they are willing to pay the extra shipping cost. I'll be sending it through USPS international priority mail, but I'm a bit hesitant on international shipping seeing as there is a greater risk of the package getting lost...

I did research on fake eBay buyers, just in case, but it should be safe bet if PayPal verifies the location and gets the payment right?
Not sure the value of what you are sending. If it's an expensive item go with Global Express Guaranteed (I would recommend this for anything worth over $100). If it's under $100, go with Priority Mail International.

Check and make sure it's a valid address format that you are sending to, for Portugal, the format should match this: http://www.bitboost.com/ref/inter.../portugal/
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Quote from shyam09 View Post :
So basically as long as they have the estimated arrival date.. Cool

Also, just got a buyer who recently joined eBay on the 2nd of November. They have purchased an item but it goes to Portugal. The address is odd but I'm not sure if Portuguese addresses are like that. I did send them a message and they did reply back within a few hours, and they are willing to pay the extra shipping cost. I'll be sending it through USPS international priority mail, but I'm a bit hesitant on international shipping seeing as there is a greater risk of the package getting lost...

I did research on fake eBay buyers, just in case, but it should be safe bet if PayPal verifies the location and gets the payment right?
Dude don't send it. You will get scammed easily. The buyer will get his money back through Paypal and the Portuguese mail may not scan the item to mark it as delivered.
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Yeah I don't think I'm going to send it. The address has some sort of degree in it and looks pretty fishy
Thanks for the help
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update: well i canceled the transaction and she also agreed to it. Thanks for the advice.
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stick with domestic and canada for now.

international sales is fine, but you really have to know what to do to protect yourself.
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What I have had happen to me as an Ebay buyer, and made me livid is along this line:

Auction states shipping is say $10~ for flat rate box PRIORITY shipping. I pay the $10, as it seems reasonable for what it is. The seller then sends it via First Class instead, in a friggin padded envelope, with STAMPS on it that maybe total $1.56 in cost. He then keeps the spread on the remaining $10 shipping he charged me.

That is UNACCEPTABLE to me! He just deliberately stole from me, and cheated me royal by doing that. If that change MUST be done, and he emailed to explain, and offered a refund of some of the shipping, that's different. Now that being said, I would have understood this scenario: Seller charges $3.56 postage and handling, and sends it First Class in the same padded envelope, with the $1.56 stamps on it. Yes, it's half the price of what I paid, but I expect possibly a LITTLE up-charge for "handling", and that's not blatant stealing and cheating the buyer.

Does this make sense to you? Don't be one of the sellers on Ebay that deliberately cheats and screws over his buyer on shipping, just to make a little more profit. Of course NOW Ebay also gets a cut of the shipping price, so they caught on to sellers doing that.
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Last edited by MikeBear November 7, 2012 at 02:46 AM.
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was the package late? did it arrive outside of the delivery times?
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