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#1 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:19

Disclaimer; I am not a pen expert.  I know just enough to make me dangerous. These are listings *I* find interesting or potential deals I think May happen.  I do Look  Closely at the Same pics and listing descriptions You can see before I include them on the list.  I would not Knowingly put a pen on the list with serious damage or damage not noted by the seller. Generally, not at all knowingly.  If you feel I missed some damage to a pen Please post what you think you see here and I'll gladly go back, look it over again and make any necessary edits to the list.

If you yourself find a Sunday listing and notice it's Not on the list here and wonder Why, feel free to ask me either in a post or backchannel if you wish.

If during the weekdays Between Sunday Fleabay Pick listings, you find an item on Ebay that you wish to attempt to keep "under the radar" and wish to have Excluded from possibly being Included on the Sunday's Pick list, please forward it to me via PM and I'll Gladly keep it OFF the list for you.

So of course, the same usual Fleabay Caveat Emptor applies here. At  the very least you're looking at listings that 4 more eyes from someone who isn't a complete pen idiot has looked pretty closely at first.

For a good portion of the list, you may very well have enough time to dash a quick question or two off to a seller and maybe get an answer back prior to it closing if need be. It wouldn't hurt to try.

As always, it's Really Nice to hear back here if you are able to get something from this list.

Good Luck!

 

1. Parker 61 Capillary repair tool                                                                1011AM
http://www.ebay.com/...3-/331249910013

2. 1980s-Vintage-Japanese-PILOT-Namiki FP                                            1107AM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/251576089710

3.  SHEAFFER-FOUNTAIN-PEN-TD filler-14K-GOLD-23-NIB                      1110AM
http://www.ebay.com/...A-/121374679183

4. Black-Sheaffer-Lifetime Flat top 5 1/8" long                                            1210PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/360975102104

5. St-Dupont-Laque-de-Chine-Fountain-Pen-18K-Gold-NIB                       1213PM
http://www.ebay.com/...M-/191230641363

6. S-T-DUPONT-BROWN-LACQUER-FOUNTAIN-PEN-18-CT-GOLD-NIB   1216PM
http://www.ebay.com/...R-/201118849846

7. Parker-Rialto-M-Fountain-Pen-Matt-Navy GP trim                                  1218PM
http://www.ebay.com/...O-/111395260114

8. Black-Esterbrook-Double-Jewel J You might should send a quick          1225PM
question to the seller to check on the jewels condition and clip firmness
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/360975110358

9. User grade Clear Blue Sheaffer school pen                                            1236PM
http://www.ebay.com/...e-/390874995894

10. Parker 51 GF cap FP/MP set                                                                1239PM
http://www.ebay.com/...s-/171374856780

11. Golden Pearl Vac Major restored, has faint personalization                  1245PM
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/321447240935

12. PELIKAN-TOLEDO-M700-FOUNTAIN-PEN-STERLING-SILVER            1255PM
http://www.ebay.com/...R-/201118879079

13. Parker 21 w/GF P-51 cap Cap is probably worth starting bid. UK pen  1258PM
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/261519188428

14. [Sorry, this listing pulled by the seller after I saw it active.  I'll still leave it here for you to see what it was though.]

Bloody Brit Burgundy P-51 Mk III set, user grade, UK pen set              1259PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/261519189220

15. Smaller Sheaffer Black Flat top, needs restoring, 1st restore effort?        103PM

http://www.ebay.com/...n-/360975132068

 

16. Delta-Julius-Ceasar-Limited-Edition-Fountain-Pen-18kt-Nib                111PM
http://www.ebay.com/...b-/191230689684

17. Esterbrook-Fountain-Pen SJ, Send seller quick question on jewels,   123PM
clip?
http://www.ebay.com/...1-/251574107944
                               
 18. MB 149                                                                                               125PM
http://www.ebay.com/...0-/201118909263

19. Green Striped Duofold Sr. PARTS PEN                                               127PM
 http://www.ebay.com/...r-/121378035000

20. Sterling-Silver-and-blue-Pelikan-M-625-Souveran Germany pen        152PM
http://www.ebay.com/...b-/141334199518

21.  NEW-ST-Dupont-Olympio-Extra-Large-Chinese-Black-Lacquer FP    200PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/281373400721

22. MB 142                                                                                                 200PM
http://www.ebay.com/...E-/351107483298

23. Green striped Pel 140 B Semi-flex Germany pen reasonable ship      201PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/310997219437

24. P-61 Capillary Black, Lustraloy TOO high shipping Outside of UK      202PM
http://www.ebay.com/...B-/141331465229

25. Pel P-30 OBB nib Germany pen                                                         204PM
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/310997220384

 

26a. Michel-Perchin-Year-of-The-Dragon-Limited-Edition-Blue FP           206PM

http://www.ebay.com/...8-/201118946110

26b. Osmia Vintage Black FP Germany pen, reasnable shipping             207PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/310997228061

27. MONTBLANC-146- German pen, reasonable ship                           210PM
http://www.ebay.com/...E-/351107489554

28. Conway Stewart 106 UK pen, HIGH outside UK ship. I debated on    211PM
this. Filler may need resac, high shipping but pretty neat pen none the less
http://www.ebay.com/...6-/310996593476

29. Clean P-51, Black, UK pen HIGH outside UK shipping                      214PM
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/131226394796

30. Vintage-MONTBLANC-Noblesse-1122 Germany pen reason. ship.    214PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/310997307977

31. Waterman Phileas Gray, 1st series? UK pen, HIGH outside UK ship   214PM
http://www.ebay.com/...N-/351093219932

32. OMAS-DEMONSTRATOR-GREEN-FINE-MEDIUM-GP-NIB-              228PM
HIGH outside UK shipping Still, pretty neat looks thinks I.
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/131222954521

33. Sr. Jade Duofold, Better than average color, I know and can vouch    232PM
for this seller.
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/161352393322

34. Michel-Perchin-Art-Deco-Sterling-Limited-Edition                             233PM
http://www.ebay.com/...8-/191230776019

35.  UK Sr. Black Aero Duofold, high outside UK shipping                      233PM
http://www.ebay.com/...K-/131223835316

36. Parker Slimfold Black UK pen high outside UK shipping, serviced    235PM
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/131223852204

36. Michel-Perchin-Park-Avenue-Limited-Edition FP                              238PM
http://www.ebay.com/...8-/191230781747

37. Parker Slimfold Aero Blue Serviced UK pen high outside UK ship    239PM
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/131223860611

38. UK Aero Duofold, Serviced, high shipping outside UK M--B nib        243PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/131223881461

39.  PARKER-HARLEQUIN-80 FP B nib                                                  244PM
http://www.ebay.com/...1-/111395377919

40. Parker Sr Aero Duofold UK pen Green Med nib serviced                 245PM
http://www.ebay.com/...6-/161348500380

41. Vintage-Wyvern-Prefect-Fountain-Pen-Pencil-Set Stickered UK set 248PM
http://www.ebay.com/...k-/371086213855

42. LIMITED-EDITION-FOUNTAIN-PEN-AURORA-PRIMAVERA FP         249PM
http://www.ebay.com/...9-/201118427371

43. Early Snorkie 14k Gold Snorkie tube UK pen reasonable ship         250PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/371083620750

44. Olive Waterman 94 Ripple in Box 9 ct bad CLEAN, HIGH shipping   254PM
http://www.ebay.com/...S-/251574214258

45.  Fountain-Pen-PIN-Parker-Duofold-Black-and-Pearl                        254PM
http://www.ebay.com/...7-/231272915887

46. 50s-MONTBLANC-MASTERPIECE-142 French FP                          312PM
http://www.ebay.com/...2-/390874954937

47. MENTMORE-AUTOFLOW-14-CT Beautiful but HIGH shipping         313PM
http://www.ebay.com/...C-/221476469995

48. Estie Copper J plenty of time to ask about jewels and clip               320PM
http://www.ebay.com/...e-/281373828402

49. "Hidden" Sterling cap P-51, Duofold listing, not hidden now.. ;)       321PM
Sterling 51 cap looks Exceptionally clean. Misordered title semi hides listing
http://www.ebay.com/...1-/321447414680

50. Estie Copper J plenty of time to ask about jewels or loose clip        334PM
http://www.ebay.com/...e-/281373841664

 

51. Parker 75 Ciselle Flat tassels, Minty                                                335PM

http://www.ebay.com/...A-/161349135686

52. Sheaffer "Imperial" desk set parts, DIY desk set? NOS                   336PM
http://www.ebay.com/...r-/151344308118

53. Exceptionally clean Waterman Crusader SET                                 336PM
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/301229771936

54. Red Ripple Waterman 42 Looks CLEAN                                         337PM
http://www.ebay.com/...6-/231270857120

55. Black Sheaffer TD fill Imperial UK pen, serviced(?) HIGH outside    338PM
UK shipping
http://www.ebay.com/...G-/221476511759

56. Green Sheaffer school pen + non-matching pencil                         403PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/301226356887

57. Pel 140 Clean B ib                                                                          405PM
http://www.ebay.com/...0-/141331948489

58. Parker Green Duofold "Toothbrush" pattern                                  410PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/111392400584

59.  Pel 400 NN M nib German pen reasonable shipping                     410PM
http://www.ebay.com/...s-/141331949641

60. Cross 150th Anniversary nib Section, Expensive but it IS              410PM
UnObtanium.
http://www.ebay.com/...b-/111397679796

61. P-61, Rolled Gold C/C HIGH shipping but harder to find in US pen     412PM
http://www.ebay.com/...Y-/221476531689

62. PARKER-VICTORY-6-FOUNTAIN-PEN Aero filler Super clean       413PM
http://www.ebay.com/...B-/201119060317

63. VINTAGE-PELIKAN-400-FOUNTAIN-PEN-BROWN-TORTOISE-    415PM
http://www.ebay.com/...s-/141331954167

64. VINTAGE-MABIE-TODD-SWAN-LEVERLESS GP/GF? UK pen     418PM
High shipping but still a pretty neat pen
http://www.ebay.com/...3-/111395572747

65. VINTAGE-MONTBLANC-225-P-FOUNTAIN-PEN-14k nib              420PM
http://www.ebay.com/...s-/141331957163

66. NOS P-51 Special FP/MP set  Black, Lustraloy, Pearl jewel         425PM
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/171372906772

67. Black Aero 51, UK pen Rolled Gold cap, Wide Med nib High Ship    429PM
http://www.ebay.com/...P-/301228691252

68. Restored Arnold lever filler, NEAT patterning Clean                      435PN
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/121376595589

69. Restored Watermans W5 High outside UK ship Beautiful pen!      444PM
http://www.ebay.com/...6-/111395595068

70. Parker Slinmfold Black fully serviced                                            445PM
http://www.ebay.com/...D-/111397720417

71. DELTA-THE-HIPPOCRATICA-BLACK LE Attn FPNer MDs?         456PM
http://www.ebay.com/...S-/390878255121

72. VERY clean Sheaffer Green Marine lever fill SET needs resac   500PM
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/231268654979

73. P-75 Broad Reverse Oblique nib (just the nib)                             513PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/111395644638

74. Parker Maxima UK Duofold Green serviced High outside UK ship     514PM
http://www.ebay.com/...N-/111395632620

75. P-45 Gold Insignia CLEAN Gold nib, French pen, reasonable ship   535PM
http://www.ebay.com/...Y-/171372369024

 

76. Stickered P-51 Vac DEMI GF cap will need restore but still...         540PM
http://www.ebay.com/...N-/251574397499

77. User grade Aurora 88K Gold Filled                                                 540PM
http://www.ebay.com/...L-/171372383110

78. Clean P-51 Vac GF cap will probably need rediaphragm LOW ship    549PM
http://www.ebay.com/...N-/261519508885

79.  Aurora 88 Demonstrator Gold LE                                                    553PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/151342317100

80. Near NOS Sheaffer Targa Regency stripe in box                             555PM
http://www.ebay.com/...5-/171372372790

81. Near NOS Burgandy 51 Aero might check to be sure full size          559PM
http://www.ebay.com/...n-/261519515943

82. NOS Cross Metropolis in box                                                            600PM
http://www.ebay.com/...p-/171372997017

83. Clean looking Big Red Jr with Factory Stub                                      600PM
http://www.ebay.com/...b-/291179553917

84. VINTAGE-AURORA-88-FOUNTAIN-PEN-NIKARGENTA-CAP            608PM
http://www.ebay.com/...P-/171372377110

85. P-61 Flighter assume Capillary fill I'd guess                                      616PM
http://www.ebay.com/...p-/360973180590

86. NOS Cross Century Classic I Gray GP nib                                        625PM
http://www.ebay.com/...m-/281371623031

87. Wancher Ebonite Urushi Makie Body and cap only for MB149/KOP     628PM

http://www.ebay.com/...9-/360975592339

 

88. Neat Black and Cream Conklin will need restoring                             702PM

http://www.ebay.com/...G-/121372448347

89. Pel 400 Green                                                                                   703PM
http://www.ebay.com/...C-/141334467218

90. Wahl Doric? Burgundy Piston filler? Will need restoring                    703PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/121372481876

91. Sheaffer Dolphin "Imperial" TD filler                                                   726PM
http://www.ebay.com/...k-/161352033274

92. Sheaffer Restored Saratoga Blue                                                      737PM
http://www.ebay.com/...e-/141334489466

93. Sheaffer 797 Imperial 3 pieces set NOS                                            745PM
http://www.ebay.com/...T-/171373069140

94. Waterman Man 200 Black M nib                                                         751PM
http://www.ebay.com/...K-/171373073012

95. Sheaffer Targa Barleycorn 3 piece set NOS                                       803PM
http://www.ebay.com/...T-/171373081413

96.  Carter Inx Black Gray Pearl VGC                                                       803PM
http://www.ebay.com/...X-/301231838739

97. Black Matte Cross Century Classic I B nib user grade                        805PM
http://www.ebay.com/...s-/181452838232

98. Sheaffer Chrome Targa 3 piece set NOS in box                                 810PM
http://www.ebay.com/...T-/171373085205

99. VERY clean P-51 Aero set Gray FP/MP                                             820PM
http://www.ebay.com/...r-/141334167893

100. Restored Sheaffer Craftsman lever fill  Black                                   841PM
http://www.ebay.com/...d-/131229086986

 
So there we have it sports fans, another early end time wise but there was still over
850 listings gone though that netted 100 good ones.
 
See ya next week!  And again, Good Luck! if you're going for any new toys.
 
PS Post a post here if you find any listing gone wonky and I'll get it all unwonkified. ;)
 
 
Bruce in Ocala, Fl
 

Edited by OcalaFlGuy, 06 July 2014 - 03:23.


#2 logantrky

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:42

Thanks for doing these, Bruce! I find them quite helpful. ;) 



#3 inkstainedruth

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:09

Just a heads up -- #14 appears to have been pulled by the seller (there was a notice at the top of the listing say the item was "no longer available").  So I guess it was sold privately.  Can't tell whether there was a BiN option for it or not.

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#4 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:26

Thanks Ruth.  I made an editing note to that effect.

 

It Was There when *I* saw it.   :rolleyes:  Oh well. Dang, nice set too.

 

There's still 100 goodies anyway as you can see this Georgia Watermelon Picker has 2 #26s  :wacko: 

 

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:12

Thank you again.

 

I have to question the 'High Shipping Charges' so often quoted from the UK. No 38 is deemed high at £8.99 whilst  No 51 is not at £8, so I am assuming that is the benchmark.

But Royal Mail dictate the cost, and it is not possible to send a pen to the US, signed for, for less than £9 (so £10 or less has to be reasonable after ebay / paypal fees)

 

Why I make a point of this is because there have been plenty of sellers who weigh the postal charges unreasonably, and these should be challenged. But Whilst £15 + is unreasonable £10 is not. 



#6 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 13:40

I can understand the question.

 

The Duofold I estimate to be around a $100 pen. 15% added to that to me is excessive. Pen #51 will be closer to a $200 pen and more difficult to find (first series, flat tassel, in That condition). Thusly, $15 U.S. shipping would be Somewhat more palatable to me.

 

Both are really moot points as IMO, signed for (read high dollar) shipping for both of those pens is overkill.  Were I bidding on either one of them, I would send the sellers messages via Ebay and implore them to allow me the winning bidder (if that were to happen) to accept full responsibility for the shipments arrival (or not) in exchange for them sending them the cheaper unsigned for way.

 

The paid for tracking only works for 1/2 the "voyage", the country it's mail in.

IMO, the chance of your recouping your loss from a postal payout for a lost item (international) is remote. BOTH countries will just blame the other for losing it.

The package is just as likely to arrive (nearly 100% certain) the cheap way as the expensive way. I think a pen can still be shipping overseas for around 3 GBP (plus a bit).

 

 

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 18:20

I picked up #11, Parker Vacumatic Golden Pearl, for the starting bid !

  Bruce, - Thanks for all the work you do to make this easier and more fun.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 18:41

Thank you again.

 

I have to question the 'High Shipping Charges' so often quoted from the UK. No 38 is deemed high at £8.99 whilst  No 51 is not at £8, so I am assuming that is the benchmark.

But Royal Mail dictate the cost, and it is not possible to send a pen to the US, signed for, for less than £9 (so £10 or less has to be reasonable after ebay / paypal fees)

 

Why I make a point of this is because there have been plenty of sellers who weigh the postal charges unreasonably, and these should be challenged. But Whilst £15 + is unreasonable £10 is not. 

I would actually question this because according to ebay rules, P&P can't include ebay /PayPal fees. Those have to go on the start price. P&P is actual postage plus actual packaging cost.

 

The actual stamp price tracked to the US for 100grams weight is £8.80. If I charged £10 as a seller, I would expect to get a poor P&P star rating. As a buyer I wouldn't give a 5 star rating.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 18:42

Thank you Bruce for your extremely helpful post and for all of the hard work you put in to find us these. :)


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 18:49

 

The actual stamp price tracked to the US for 100grams weight is £8.80. If I charged £10 as a seller, I would expect to get a poor P&P star rating. As a buyer I wouldn't give a 5 star rating.

 

With all due respect. IMO, the vast majority of low volume sellers Don't do the fully auto from your computer for pick-up BY the PO (U.S.) shipping method. I sure don't.

 

Are you saying that the approximate $2.00 difference in your example for the seller to go to the PO, complete the Customs form and stand in line to mail the package is Excessive?  If so, you may very well have found A Reason why Some sellers balk at overseas shipping. 

 

[EDIT] And of course, Thank You and everyone for your kind words.

 

Bruce in Ocala, Fl


Edited by OcalaFlGuy, 06 July 2014 - 18:50.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 19:14

I looked at a few of the (very tempting) listings even though I'm trying to save my $$ for the Miami Pen Show next weekend.



#12 Chrissy

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 19:34

 

Are you saying that the approximate $2.00 difference in your example for the seller to go to the PO, complete the Customs form and stand in line to mail the package is Excessive?  If so, you may very well have found A Reason why Some sellers balk at overseas shipping. 

 

Bruce in Ocala, Fl

I'm not saying that. I'm saying that at least as far as ebay UK is concerned, expenses like those have to be included in the item price and not added onto the P&P. I assume that's why ebay UK now charge final value fees on P&P as well as item end price. Many UK sellers just baulk at shipping abroad to anywhere.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 20:21

I got #62 for $43 shipped. Pretty good for a Victory. Thanks, Bruce.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 00:49

Thanks for taking the time to compile this list every week, Bruce. It means a lot to me because, besides coming across some good deals, it's been teaching me about pen pricing.

 

I picked up #100 and it's nice to buy a pen and (hopefully) not have to fix it.

 

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#15 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 01:56

I watched that close Drew, you did just fine at that price and it looks clean to me.  It's an easy pen to wok on too if you ever need to. Just your 14k nib is worth what you paid for the whole pen. ($28.50 shipped) And your pen has supposedly been restored, at least resacced for sure. It looks ready to rock to me.

 

Thanks for the kind words.  :thumbup: 

 

I saw several nice deals go down. There was a family unloading their Sheaffer salesman Dad's NOS 3 piece Targa sets. They weren't cheap but they were NOS and one hell of a lot cheaper than they'd be found at a retail site.

 

Several UK Duofolds went for peanuts.  Someone got the Golden Pearl already restored Vac Major with the Very light personalization that I've listed twice for $90 shipped, that's a decent deal. 

 

The Esties, even the nice Copper one went for pretty low prices. The cloisonne Black and Pearl Duofold pIn will look very smart on someone at the next pen meet or show for a whole $10 shipped.  A couple really clean Black Sheaffer flat tops went for Cheap. The Super clean Sterling cap 51 AND the black Duofold for $125 was a Steal. The restored Parker toothbrush for $98 shipped, pffft, WINNING!, Very decent deals on several vintage Pels. A mint P-61 Flighter for $37 shipped? Wow.  A clean Man 200 for $92 shipped? Another Wow. What looked like a NOS 51 for $90 shipped? Call the cops on that thief.  :P A  NOS Cross Gray Century Classic I in box with stock goodies for $45 shipped was a heck of a deal too. 

 

I was Shocked not to see someone pick up the Mint Crusader set for $37.50 shipped. That's a $60-75 retail Pen alone.  I will almost bet money you see that again next week on the list.  Even more Shocked to not see Anyone go for the restored pastel blue Saratoga Snorkie for a whole $50, heck of a deal right there. I wouldn't be surprised to see It again next week. (No one wants a restored Clean Snorkie for $50? Man, tough crowd.  ;)  )

 

Maybe the sleeper deal of the week was the cheapest. A really clean Sheaffer 1st series Blue clear school pen for $6 shipped, the price of 2 Varsites? Deal!  If it had been the squared off Blue on for that price it'd be coming home to Moi!

 

It was a fun week.

 

Bruce in Ocala, Fl

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:48

I would actually question this because according to ebay rules, P&P can't include ebay /PayPal fees. Those have to go on the start price. P&P is actual postage plus actual packaging cost.

 

The actual stamp price tracked to the US for 100grams weight is £8.80. If I charged £10 as a seller, I would expect to get a poor P&P star rating. As a buyer I wouldn't give a 5 star rating.

 

I do not really want to turn this into an ebay mailing issue, and I will make it clear I offer free postage on my own listings...... but...

 

The basic £8.80 postage to the USA is for a lighter item, and will only insure up to £50. For a higher value pen, or with a heavier box, the cost increases up to perhaps £11.

 

Since ebay  have now started  charging a 10% fee on postage costs, I believe it is valid for any seller to include this in the calculations they make in determining those postage charges.

 

OcalaFLGuy mentions sending items normal untracked post as insurance is only for half the journey. This is not the case, Royal Mail will always settle the cost:  as that is whom my contract would be with, I would not get into any discussion with an overseas agent.

 

I also think a seller can reasonably be expected to want to use a signed for service, they otherwise have no defense if someone claims non-receipt (and lets be frank, there are as many rogues in the US as anywhere else on the planet).

 

Finally, I purchased 4 items from the US this weekend, average postal cost quoted to the UK was $42; i.e. far more than the average charge from the UK. Also far more US sellers refuse to ship to the UK than the other way.

 

All I ask is that a decision on what constititues High Postal charges is based upon reality, which might vary from country to country, but which from the UK should not be a charge of anything less than £9.70  


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 13:09

 

OcalaFLGuy mentions sending items normal untracked post as insurance is only for half the journey. This is not the case, Royal Mail will always settle the cost:  as that is whom my contract would be with, I would not get into any discussion with an overseas agent.

 

I also think a seller can reasonably be expected to want to use a signed for service, they otherwise have no defense if someone claims non-receipt (and lets be frank, there are as many rogues in the US as anywhere else on the planet).

 

 

 

Your point 1.  Can you back this up with an Actual Factual instance where you have received reimbursement for a lost Overseas shipment? If you can't you are only guessing just like I am. (But my guess makes more sense to me.  ;)  )  If so, you would be The First FPNer I've seen in 6 years of these discussions to say they were Actually reimbursed. 

 

Your point 2. Correct Right Up To The Point where the PO delivers to the WRONG address. DELIVERED to the PO doesn't necessarily, Technically, mean to the Correct address. Yes, you can extract yourself from that hole, but it's a Deep hole.

 

I will grant that many sellers Aren't going to allow the bidder to assume the risk. They won't take the risk themselves that the bidder won't renege in the event of a lost item, but some Will. It May Be worth at least asking for to cut the cost in Half. (Or more.)

 

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 18:58

 

Your point 1.  Can you back this up with an Actual Factual instance where you have received reimbursement for a lost Overseas shipment? 

 

 

I will grant that many sellers Aren't going to allow the bidder to assume the risk. They won't take the risk themselves that the bidder won't renege in the event of a lost item, but some Will. It May Be worth at least asking for to cut the cost in Half. (Or more.)

 

Bruce in Ocala, Fl

 

I have had two overseas shipments go astray and have successfully claimed for both (USA & HK). As far as Royal Mail go the process is consistent; Claim, Claim refused as original receipt not provided, appeal to independent body on grounds that pen is an antique, offer to accept similar item if they can find such, cheque arrives, time consumed 5 months. Generally the same process applied for inland losses.

 

Damaged items are far more problematic. I did sell a Skyline to Mexico which was damaged in transit. A claim was not possible and so the (FPN Member) ebay buyer agreed to split the cost of my financial loss.

 

I will agree to cheaper postage to someone I know / have dealt with previously, and I do provide free postage as standard within the UK.. Unfortunately having an ebay account is not a certificate of honesty, so a request from Twyk49 / awaybee in Hong Kong is not likely to be  well received



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 19:26

Interesting. All the US sellers I have personally contacted have been more than willing to offer First Class Int. mail at around $10 - $12 to New Zealand. I think that is perfectly reasonable. However I do have an ongoing problem with a seller (in the US) who offered this option and now is having difficulty sending my a revised invoice to reflect the change in cost. So the item is just sitting on my list unpaid - I am not obliged to pay the original shipping estimate as an alternative was offered, and they are accepting of that, but Ebay is making it difficult for him to change the invoice. May just have to ask for a Paypal account and take a risk.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:02

Well, I'm now watching one of those eBay items you noted as passed over.  This is getting worse than collecting basses was.  Pens are so much easier to store.   :huh: