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Posted By: Bluto Samartino In Response To: Re: Two eBay (Life!) Tips.... (Jim Kaiser)
Thursday, 19 January 2006, at 6:42 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Two eBay (Life!) Tips.... (Jim Kaiser)
"Even with your husband's discount you probably can't beat the rate of the USPS flat rate boxes. "
I used to ship a lot of stuff via USPS a year ago. I used mainly Media Mail, First Class, and Priority Mail.
I can tell you that they did not have a flat rate box back then, only a flat rate cardboard envelope. Did they now include a flat rate box? How much is it?
Then you said...
"My mailman picks up the packages every day, no need to go to the Post Office. "
USPS rules indicate that all packages weighing over 1lb must be handed over the counter to a postal clerk. How do you get around this rule. they would not bend the rule for me even though I shipped almost 100 packages per week.
I also disagree with you sort of. I know that you said sending out all those emails is overkill on your business and I agree with that. However, I believe that too many emails, no matter how well-intentioned, is not good. I get aggravated when a merchant emails me too many times. In the case of eBay buying, I just want confirmation that the order was shipped with tracking # if applicable. I don't need to know anything else from the seller, really, unless the item is back ordered and will not ship within the time frame stated in the auction (and if this est ship time frame is not stated in the auction, I don't bid).
Paypal already sends the payment confirmation so there is no need for it.
Ebay tells me I won the auction so there is no need for the seller to confirm this either.
There are a lot of people that do not understand what spam is. They actually think that sending too many emails (their definition) is spam, even if they know you and it is legit email. So I think that overkill on emails is not good for you and your business for TIME reasons, but it is also not good for customer service issues as well.
Maw said that she emails to tell them that the package was shipped but the tracking # would not be available til the next day. So why bother. For me, it isn't shipped unless you have a tracking # for me proving it. For all I know you are just saying that. Prove it with the tracking # and don't email me unless you have one. No need for it. It does me no good. I don't need to know every single step in the seller's order process. I just need to know that which is important and verifiable.
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