My second week back at college has just begun, and the semester is already a busy one. I'm taking three history classes, two graphic arts classes, and Latin. Besides classes, I'm involved with four different student organizations now, and I'm in an officer in two of them. So the amount of time I have for creative ventures will be severely limited for the next few months, but I will do what I can.
In other news, I was trying to sell a painting on eBay that was part of my grandmother's collection. It's worth quite a bit, but I listed it for $275 because I wanted it to sell quickly. The shipping cost was automatically calculated when I listed the item with its dimensions and weight, and it was only going to cost about $20 to ship. I thought that seemed pretty low, but I didn't bother raising it because I figured the automatic shipping calculator was more accurate than any guess I could throw out there. When the item sold, I went to print the shipping label, and it said the total for shipping would be $90--that is, the initial $20 plus $70 in "other charges" which were not included in the cost when it was calculated earlier. So I was pretty pissed, naturally.
I contacted FedEx and they said yeah, they would probably charge over $100 to ship an item that size if I had brought it into their office. I definitely understand that shipping a big framed painting is expensive, but eBay decided that it was alright to spring the extra $70 in "other charges" on me after the item had sold and I couldn't raise the cost of shipping.
There's nothing I could do about that though, so I paid the $90 out of pocket, figuring that I was still making almost $200 off of the item. Finally, when the painting had been delivered and my funds were cleared in PayPal, eBay sprung an extra $45 charge on me for "seller fees." Now, I remember making the agreement to pay necessary fees to sell items via eBay, but $45? Really? That's basically 25% of what I made off of the item, and that's just ridiculous. The website should at least warn you what percentage of your profit they are going to take before you list it.
I'm not trying to whine too much, because I still have $150 more than I had before, but I will definitely not be using eBay to sell anything in the future. I got screwed out of over a hundred dollars by surprise fees that I was not warned about, and that's definitely not conducive to a good business model.
So, since I'm not using eBay anymore, if anyone is interested in a modest collection of silverplate dishes and bowls, feel free to hit me up.
I might update this later if I think of anything else to say, but if not, I'll see you cool cats around.