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Hey, pootski! [or anyone else with experience selling on Amazon]
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emperor_fool From: emperor_fool Date: March 26th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure Amazon Marketplace's basic shipping allowance is only meant to cover Media Mail--they specify on the buyer's page that that's how things will be sent with basic shipping. (At least they used to--I hope they still do, because I just moments ago listed a bunch of heavy books, and there's no way I want to be sending them first class.) I generally use Media Mail unless it's a very light book. And no, they don't offer delivery confirmation. Only once in six years of selling have I recieved a complaint that the book didn't arrive. When I've ordered books this way, they've mostly come by Media Mail as well. I do offer the "expedited shipping" option w/ my books as well, for which they give you $6.99, but if anyone takes it for the behemoths I listed today, I'll lose money on it. (Not as much as I'll make on the books themselves, though, is the theory.)
pootski From: pootski Date: March 26th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
They post office won't even let you mail a heavy book (heavier than 13 ounces) via First Class, so you'd never need to worry about that.

Just to not cause confusion to other readers, Amazon doesn't give you money enough to cover Delivery Confirmation, but you can purchase it from the post office. As I said, it's not worth it for me to put that on cheap books, but for books over $10, I like that little bit of scam-prevention - because there are people out there who will get the book and then try to get their money back. I think I average about 1 book lost in mail per 150.

As for expedited shipping, the nice thing about Amazon is that when you your books, you can choose whether or not to offer Expedited - on each individual book. So you can make a judgement call when you're listing as to whether or not it would be worth it for you to send Expedited. Some people even like to keep a Priority Mail envelope by their desk so they can easily judge whether or not a book will easily fit in there (because it's a flat rate if it fits in the envelope, but if not, it can get very expensive, depending on how far away the customer is).

On Half.com, however, you can't pick and choose which books to offer Expedited. You either offer that on all of your books, or none. That's why a lot of Half.com sellers just don't bother with it. Who would want to risk having to send that 5 lb. coffee table book Priority Mail to Hawaii?

(This all has not been meant not as a means of arguing with E-F, in case it comes off that way, but as further education for anyone who is curious).
pootski From: pootski Date: March 26th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
"They" post office? Oy. Sorry. I just got 5 hours of sleep for the 4th night in a row. I should probably not type anything until I get a good night's sleep.
pootski From: pootski Date: March 26th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. Paragraph 3 should say:

"As for expedited shipping - the nice thing about Amazon is that when you LIST your books, you can choose whether or not to offer Expedited - on each individual book".

LOL at my very last sentence in that post. WTF was I doing?? Just...nevermind.

This is FiddlerCrab, by the way, for anyone wondering who this particular moron is. Yeah, it's THAT moron.
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