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Old 04-30-13, 02:17 PM
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Amazon Raised Shipping Charges

When did Amazon raise its shipping charges for DVDs from $2.99 to $3.99 per DVD?
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Amazon 3rd Party Shipping Charges will Increase on April 24th
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Old 04-30-13, 02:55 PM
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This thread is about marketplace sellers. But now Amazon is also charging $3.99 for discs it ships.
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Old 04-30-13, 03:16 PM
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This thread is about marketplace sellers. But now Amazon is also charging $3.99 for discs it ships.
That proabably went unnoticed beause I think most us don't pay for shipping when ordering from Amazon proper. We either have prime or order in $25 increments.
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Old 04-30-13, 03:21 PM
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That proabably went unnoticed beause I think most us don't pay for shipping when ordering from Amazon proper. We either have prime or order in $25 increments.
Yep, I was actually wondering if the OP was about the same thing when I posted the other thread, but I never pay for first-party shipping.
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That proabably went unnoticed beause I think most us don't pay for shipping when ordering from Amazon proper. We either have prime or order in $25 increments.
This exactly. But the raise in MP shipping now causes me to think a bit before pulling the trigger. Yeah, it's only a $1 more but that now puts the lowest cost of one cent plus shipping higher than new copies from BL and roughly par with WM dump bin.
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Since postage keeps going up it was inevitable. As an ebay seller, I sure wish ebay would do the same. I often lose money on shipping. And with ebay's push for fake "free shipping" to be offered by sellers (ebay tells sellers to add the shipping charge to the selling price & pretend it's free shipping), customer's tend to forget that the seller really does have to have to pay for postage, mailers, ink, labels, etc.

Though as a collector myself it sucks!
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Old 04-30-13, 04:38 PM
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The shipping increase was not inevitable.. It was merely more greed on Amazon's part. $3.99 shipping for a single 4 oz DVD is ridiculous. These can be shipped first class for under $2.00 total. The other $2.00 is profit that Amazon makes off the buyer and Marketplace seller of the product. Books being $3.99 shipping are a little more reasonable, since it often does cost $3 to $4 to ship a book by Media Mail.
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That proabably went unnoticed beause I think most us don't pay for shipping when ordering from Amazon proper. We either have prime or order in $25 increments.
Absolutely!
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$3.99 shipping for a single 4 oz DVD is ridiculous. These can be shipped first class for under $2.00 total.
Not with the same packaging (cardboard) that amazon uses. You can get by with bubble wrap if you do it right but cardboard's a different story.
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Old 04-30-13, 06:29 PM
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I haven't scrutinized prices lately, but have a feeling that the cost of many Marketplace items will be coming down by a dollar, to offset the shipping increase and continue competing with Amazon's own prices. Marketplace items are sometimes remarkably cheaper, but often the prices match Amazon exactly, or are a couple dollars less to offset the additional shipping. It's one more thing to consider now when deciding who to patron, but I'm not gonna get worked-up about it.
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Old 04-30-13, 07:55 PM
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The shipping increase was not inevitable.. It was merely more greed on Amazon's part. $3.99 shipping for a single 4 oz DVD is ridiculous. These can be shipped first class for under $2.00 total. The other $2.00 is profit that Amazon makes off the buyer and Marketplace seller of the product. Books being $3.99 shipping are a little more reasonable, since it often does cost $3 to $4 to ship a book by Media Mail.
What you're forgetting is that postage has been going up EVERY YEAR (as have shipping supplies; my box wholesale increases 2-3 time each year), & there has been no shipping increase from Amazon or ebay for years. International has gotten much worse (66% increase this year, 25% last year); I have no idea what Amazon is doing there. Ebay at least lets sellers set their own international shipping rate.

As an example, I've gone to the CHEAPEST bubble mailers I can find (around 16 cents each), as the boxes I used for years for cd's are now around .75 each in bulk, & dvd boxes are higher than that.

And people aren't willing to pay it; the problem goes back to how congress does the accounting on the USPS pension system, which is the main reason they're "losing" money.

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It's actually bad for me as a seller. I've had to lower every listing to stay competitive. And, Amazon is taking 55 cents more from the seller of the dollar increase.
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Originally Posted by MooMooMooMoo View Post
...International has gotten much worse (66% increase this year, 25% last year); I have no idea what Amazon is doing there...
There are a couple of UK vendors I use regularly. Both charge the same $2.99 (now $3.99) as US vendors. I don't understand how they make any money off US sales for the very inexpensive items they sell (frequently as little as one cent). I thought they might have drop shipment sites in the US for those but they come International mail - I typically have to sign for the package.
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It's actually bad for me as a seller. I've had to lower every listing to stay competitive. And, Amazon is taking 55 cents more from the seller of the dollar increase.
!?!? I thought the seller got the entire shipping fee.
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Old 04-30-13, 09:09 PM
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Sellers can't lower the price of a 0.01 DVD by a dollar! Amazon wanted a larger piece of the pie on these 'nuissance' sales, and they certainly have gotten it by raising the price for Marketplace seller shipping by a dollar.

Most marketplace sellers use bubble wrap envelopes for their DVDs anyway, not cardboard boxes. So those cost $0.16. I've seen them discarded by the hundreds in dumpsters (no I don't dumpster dive) and universities. There are ways of getting them and / or reusing them for free that sellers overlook.
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Since postage keeps going up it was inevitable. As an ebay seller, I sure wish ebay would do the same. I often lose money on shipping. And with ebay's push for fake "free shipping" to be offered by sellers (ebay tells sellers to add the shipping charge to the selling price & pretend it's free shipping), customer's tend to forget that the seller really does have to have to pay for postage, mailers, ink, labels, etc.

Though as a collector myself it sucks!
I never worried about stamp prices going up I am more concerned with the cost of priority mail and other shipping methods, it is hard enough as it is to sell many items unless they are of higher value. You have to fiddle with eBay's shipping a bit to get the correct price when selling, no eBay I cannot mail this item for three dollars, closer to six. Shipping prices scare most people away on cheap stuff. And some really do not understand that there are often no cheap shipping methods, yes, it will cost twelve dollars to mail that, unless it is media or books there are no other options.

And as a buyer the overall price as to be good, not paying for dollars for shipping on some cheap film.
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Old 04-30-13, 09:27 PM
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!?!? I thought the seller got the entire shipping fee.
When Amazon announced to sellers that they were raising shipping to 3.99, they also announced they were collecting 55 cents more per item in fees. So the effective increase is 45 cents to a seller.
So if I lower prices by a dollar to make up for the shipping, I lose 55 cents over what I was making before.
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Vinyl records, as well.
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That proabably went unnoticed beause I think most us don't pay for shipping when ordering from Amazon proper. We either have prime or order in $25 increments.
I mentioned it in another Amazon thread about a month or so ago. So, it didn't go completely unnoticed.
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it's actually bad for me as a seller. I've had to lower every listing to stay competitive. And, amazon is taking 55 cents more from the seller of the dollar increase.
ouch!
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There are a couple of UK vendors I use regularly. Both charge the same $2.99 (now $3.99) as US vendors. I don't understand how they make any money off US sales for the very inexpensive items they sell (frequently as little as one cent). I thought they might have drop shipment sites in the US for those but they come International mail - I typically have to sign for the package.
I meant the postage cost of sending FROM the USA to other countries.
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!?!? I thought the seller got the entire shipping fee.
LOL!!!!!

Ebay takes 13%. I BELIEVE Amazon USED to take 15%; sounds like it's now 15% + .55!
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Amazon has shipping costs?
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Amazon has shipping costs?
Hahahaha. No.
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