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The Collectors Newsletter #634 -- August 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #634 -- August 2008
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
I was just reading about all the comments on shipping from ebay. My husband does a lot of buying and selling, he charges more then just the postal shipping costs, there are also handling costs, such as the listing price ebay charges, the paypal costs, the boxes or mailers and packaging. These are all costs that are unseen by the buyer, but, add up, he states the shipping and handling up front and gives refunds for multiple purchases. There are many other sellers that do the same thing. When I was selling some items, I charged only the postal shipping costs and even after weighting the item ended up paying more at the post office then the calculated rates from ebay stated. I know there are dealers out there who charge way over, just remember to check the shipping and handling before you bid and add it into the amount you want to bid. Kat
I've been a buyer and seller on e-bay. One item that I sold I took to the post office to get the correct charge after I had gotten the shipping address from the auction winner. They quoted me a price and I emailed the combined winning bid plus shipping. When I received the funds I took the box back to the post office and was told a different price for shipping. I returned the over charge,with an explanation, but it did make me appear as if I were trying to cheat the buyer. Now the post office has a scale in the foyer that the public can use to determine the shipping charge but not all have them. I still use e-bay and agree it has opened up a much wider world for collectors.
I Love your newsletter and have passed it on to several friends. Please keep up the great work.
My husband and I recently visited a cemetery and parked on the narrow road to read the stones. We had just gotten out of the car. One of the graves said, "Fell Asleep, March 1, 1875". I wanted to read more but...an old gentlemen pulled in the cemetery and sat there until we decided we should move our car (which meant leaving). I have a question on etiquette when visiting a cemetery. If the roads are narrow and there is nowhere to pull over, is it O.K. to park on the road if no one can get by? This gentlemen could have backed out of the gate and pulled into one of the other 4 entrances. Instead, he sat there for 5 minutes giving us dirty looks and then he had to back out to let us leave. I waived to thank him (even though we were upset) and instead of waving back, he just grumbled. I was upset that our visit was cut short, but then again, I was glad we were able to leave, ha.ha.
I would appreciate any advice as my husband and I will probably run into this problem again. Thanks, Ann F. Malta, NY
I enjoy reading and contributing to your newsletter. There are a lot of interesting hobbies discussed. One subject I don't seem to have read about is electronics. What I am talking about is...does anyone save the old tv's, radios, computers, phones, etc. that are waaaaayyyyy beyond use in today's world. What do people do with them if they do collect? Do some turn them into art or use them to power unusual chores, such as running the chicken coop and eggs (lol). I would love to hear how these new collectibles are being a collectible. Nancy
For those of you that are interested in unusual gravestones, there is a very beautiful cemetery in Barre, Vermont that features many unusual gravestones made by the granite artisans from the Barre community. Granite quarries surround the Barre area and many of the Italian people over the years have worked and carved the beautiful stones. Some shaped like automobiles, motorcycles and such. Some inscriptions bring tears to your eyes. If your ever in the area, be sure to visit the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Its worth the time. Marilyn in Vermont
Am generally a buyer and occasionally a seller of relatively expensive goods on eBay. As a personal practice, I ALWAYS include insurance in my shipping quote (to protect myself). Occasionally eBay's selling matrix indicates that the shipping charges seem excessive though they are the actual cost (via other than USPO) of transportation & insurance with no charge for packing. Guess where I'm going is: "be knowledgeable about what shipping costs should be, don't forget insurance or that most sellers want to make sure goods arrive in good condition with good packing." If costs still seem excessive, favor another seller with your purchase, but don't wait for end of auction to get 'er done...Chet
Regarding the discussion of sellers/buyers on eBay and the shipping charges: I was a buyer on eBay for about 10 years. I finally stopped, due to the attitude and charges of some sellers. I got very tired of being overcharged on shipping. I got tired of hearing all about the cost they incurred, the amount of time they put into it - finding the right boxes, cost of packing materials and their gas to go to the post office, etc., etc., etc. One seller poured it on, giving the amount of time my item cost him! What part of "the cost of doing business" is unknown or not understood by these people? There is always overhead. Many, not all certainly, but many, want nothing but profit, seemingly thinking that the buyer should pay for the item, as well as the sellers eBay fees and their time and materials, gas, and packaging. I much rather a seller price an item taking all their costs into consideration. Then charge me as close to an exact shipping cost as possible. I do realize that many are scamming eBay by pricing the item low and the shipping high, since eBay makes nothing on the shipping. Sooner or later, eBay will get wise to this practice and figure out a way to control it. I had one seller who did not insure the package, even though I paid for the insurance. Her explanation: "Well, I didn't get as much for the item as I thought I would, so I just kept the insurance money". All of this said,, most sellers were honest and even refunded monies when they overcharged. My experiences were overwhelmingly positive. But it only takes a few rotten apples, and there seemed to be a growing trend of people who thought they should be paid for every expense they put into their listing, absorbing none of the overhead costs whatsoever. Thanks for letting me state my position and do love your newsletter. Jan in St. Louis
Hasn't anyone ever heard of "Buyer Beware"? How could everyone condemn a seller for charging to much to ship? Didn't you see how much he was charging for shipping when you bid on the item? Saying that packaging the item is all part of the seller's responsibility and shouldn't charge for it is absurd. Don't you all pay to ship and pay to return an item when you order from a store? Most seller don't do this full time like a store. EBay is not a swap meet. The buyer should be as responsible when on ebay as the seller. -SMS
I have held my tongue for a while reading these stories about Ebay and shipping. Before I say anything, I would like all of the buyers to ask themselves - Would I complain to any of the millions of catalogues that come in the mail about their Shipping and Handling Charges? I doubt it, but you will still purchase from them and think nothing of it! I have sold on Ebay for over 10 years. I have made sure that my shipping charges are always very close to what I am actually charged and I do no charge a Handling Fee. If I quote a charge and find out I have overcharged more than $1 I will refund that amount to the buyer. On many.....and I mean many occasions I have accidentally undercharged for shipping. In all these years I have only had one person who decided to send me money to compensate. I did not even mention this to them, they were just very considerate. If I undercharge I feel that is my loss. Now, I do have one other problem when it comes to shipping charges. Now that ebay has the new "Star" system, buyers can anonymously leave you less stars if they feel you have charged too much. I have had more than one do that even though they leave excellent feedback for me. I ship immediately and always have. They say how quickly they received the item.....how great it is.....what a wonderful seller I am, and then leave less than 5 stars. Well, buyers need to understand that when they do this they cause these sellers that they have given glowing feedback to to be put lower on Ebay's new "Best Match" (another ridiculous idea). This causes good sellers to not have their items seen when they go off.....now that the default is not "items ending first". I just ask that Buyers THINK before they leave less stars.....just because they "can" and think no one will be wiser. Roxane
I'm an eBay buyer. I'm also a "brick and mortar" buyer. I do not expect a merchant to tack on "handling" to offset the cost of doing business and I do not condone the weak rationale overused by eBay sellers that want to do so. Of course it takes time to wrap and money for supplies. Why state the obvious? Stores must pay utility bills and rent, cleaning crews and advertising, employees and the cost of bags and so on. I find unrealistic the expectation on the part of many eBay sellers that gross should equal net and to achieve this it's okay to soak the buyer. Oh, yes, all the while whining about eBay fees, no less. I've had sellers tell me that they've had to use gas to get to the PO and had to wait in line there so that's why they charge handling. Give me a break!
I do enjoy eBay and appreciate its being there and the opportunity to shop in comfort at home with a great variety available. Most sellers are great to work with and very accommodating and honest to a fault. I've even had very small overpayments on postage returned to me without asking. But, good grief, there are some sellers who ought to be held to account for their shady or lazy practices. Why charge an average postage fee when postage calculators are readily available? Why not have a package weighed and ready to go in order to know postage costs? What is that whole business about leveling the playing field related by Charles? Is he a referee or what? Alice in Texas
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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I have an insatiable appetite for chocolate & one of my favorites are the mini-eggs that have a chocolate center w/a pastel candy shell. My husband indulges my craving but knowing that I would devour a bag at one sitting, he hides them & divies them out weekly. Last year, he had a very large cache of the larger bags stored in a closed cardboard box. He was moving things around in the room where they were hidden & opened the box to find 8 of the bags totally empty! Each had a hole about the size of a dime. Somehow, a little mouse climbed between the flaps at the top of the closed box, managed to remove every egg from the bags, climb bag out with the egg in his mouth and hide them! We found a handfull hidden on our terrace, the rest have never surfaced. However, we did find a very dead mouse in our living room. We wondered if he was the culprit and OD'd on chocolate! We'll never know how long & how many trips it took him to burgle hundreds of eggs. Actually, he may ha
ve died of exhaustion! My husband now hides the eggs in a mouse proof container!
WHEN OUR CHILDREN WERE SMALL WE LIVED NEXT DOOR TO AN OLDER COUPLE WHO LOVED CHILDREN AND WOULD OFTEN GIVE OUR 4 AND 6 YEAR OLD BOYS CANDY. WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE 4 YEAR OLD WOULD RIDE HIS TRICYCLE UP TO THEIR FRONT DOOR, KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND "ASK" FOR CANDY, WE HAD A SERIOUS TALK ABOUT IT BEING ALRIGHT TO ACCEPT THE CANDY, BUT IT WAS NOT ALRIGHT TO ASK FOR IT. VERY SOON THEREAFTER, HE CAME BURSTING IN THE FRONT DOOR WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE AND PULLED OUT 2 HANDS FULL OF CANDY FROM HIS POCKETS, SAYING, "GLORIA JUST GAVE ME ALL THIS CANDY AND I DIDN'T EVEN ASK FOR IT. I JUST SAID "GLORIA, I DON'T WANT ANY CANDY" AND SHE JUST GAVE IT TO ME ANYWAY!" I WAS TRYING SO HARD NOT TO LAUGH THAT I COULD NOT TALK TO H IM! Anna
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Becky requested a recipe for "sweet fish marinade". We had one response.
Here in New England, fresh seafood is always a family favorite! My favorite marinade for fish, especially stronger “fishy tasting” fish like tuna, is just teriyaki sauce. (I prefer the low sodium varieties. You can also use soy sauce and sugar to make your own teriyaki.) Marinate for 15-30 minutes each side for surface marinating or longer for more intense flavor. I don’t recommend marinating overnight as the fish might end up being too salty. If you want sweetness, use teriyaki and maple syrup in approximately a 3:1 ratio. The maple syrup will caramelize and make a sweet and yummy glaze. We also poach delicate white fish in beer or white wine. Enjoy!! -Rebecca in NH
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
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When I was a kid, my mom made something she called "Monkey Meat". I think it was thin strips of beef in a brown sauce with other stuff, served over rice. Does this ring any bells? ..Ben in CA
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