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The Collectors Newsletter #635 -- August 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #635 -- August 2008
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2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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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.
Editors Note: We've got lots of folks that use eBay writing in about the shipping cost topic. This seems to have hit a nerve with many readers. I've got many more letters to post on this topic and we welcome new ones, but as always if you want to discuss something else that is antiques and collectibles related, feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com and I'll do my best to get it into an upcoming issue . ....Phil
I always read your newsletter & love the stories that are written in it - except for one. Terry wrote a story generalizing that Ebay sellers 1. Don't describe the condition accurately 2. Charge way too much on 'handling'. 3. Charge shipping both ways for returns. I've been an Ebay buyer & seller for 10 years. I have over 1200 feedbacks with 100% positive. There are some sellers who do exactly as Terry claims, but I have found the vast majority of sellers are fair. They know what they are selling & are accurate in their descriptions. They charge a minimal handling fee & will work with someone if they are mistaken in their descriptions. And almost every antique dealer I know, does buy and sometimes sells on Ebay. There are plenty of Tias sellers who list on Ebay & have won auctions from me & listed them on Tias for a lot more than what they paid to me. So don't kid yourself that dealers don't buy on Ebay. And Ebay has feedback & you can check a sellers feedback before you bid. I love Tias & buy from their antique dealers. I think both sites are valuable & it doesn't have to be an either/or situation. Shop on both! Carol in California
Regarding Charles' reasoning for charging the highest possible shipping charges to everybody regardless of whether they live near to him or across the country under the guise of being fair to all bidders, that's just his way of justifying to himself and anyone else who believes his diatribe that he's not ripping off sellers. I suppose if the buyer lived next door to him, he'd still charge shipping, even if the buyer wanted to pick up the item
instead of having it shipped, a practice common to most of those ebay drop-off stores, which count on the extra revenue from overcharging on shipping. David in Virginia P. S. Love the newsletter.
I mostly Sell on ebay, but I do buy also. I base my shipping charges on actual weight (I purchased a scale to be accurate). I weigh the item in the box with all packaging then I go to USPS.com and check the cost to East Coast & West Coast (I'm in E. Coast). 90% of the time I will put in a small handling charge, maybe $1.00 to cover my materials & gas. Then I use Ebays Calculated Shipping. Ebay takes ACTUAL Post Office cost to THAT specific zip code and adds my handling charge. Each buyer can put in their zip code and get ship rate BEFORE THEY EVEN BID. I think that is a more fair way. And, as a buyer, if I think a Seller is gouging shipping - I REFUSE TO BUY FROM THEM. It is that simple. Thanks for letting me add my input. JoAnn in Massachusetts.
I have read some interesting comments and remarks about Ebay and the shipping costs.I am a seller and a buyer on Ebay.I find it to be fun shopping on Ebay.I live in small town Saskatchewan,and with todays costs in fuel,it only makes sense to shop online and pay for shipping.It is cheaper and not as tiring then driving two to three hours one way to a city to shop.Then there is always the return trip plus meals.I do agree about the ridiculous shipping charges some sellers do mark.Also I found that some of the sellers have no idea on how to pack ceramic and glass pieces.I had a cookie jar sent to me with the lid in one Walmart plastic bag and the body of the jar in another plastic bag,with a sprinkle of tiny round Styrofoam balls over everything.So of course the box rattled when I got it. So when I sell glass,ceramic and pottery pieces,it is well packed.I charge for shipping what ever it costs me at the post office.If I am using new packing,then I charge for handling.If I have packing that I am recycling,then I do not charge handling. When I am the shopper,it is always a wise practice to check out the shipping cost before bidding by contacting the seller.I was buying multiple items from one seller. I had asked what the cost is to ship all the items together and if she charges the same cost listed to each item.I knew that would be way too much for shipping.The seller had said she will revise the shipping cost.It was acceptable to me.It is using a lot of common sense and also check out the feedback.I find that even if the seller has less then 98%, read what the feed back was.Sometimes, like myself,I had a string of very horrible buyers,who bid & won items but would not pay for them & caused a lot of bad feedback on purpose to get at me because I said that I will do unpaid item if they don't pay within an allotted amount of time.Some wanted the item to be sent to them before they paid.I may be blond but I am not stupid.There are alot of wonderful things on Ebay and it is alot of fun...Oh yes---this is a fabulous newsletter.Thanks. I enjoy them always.Val
I have been buying on Ebay for 8 years, and I have NEVER purchased an item from a seller if they charge anything other then the actual shipping cost. If the stated shipping amount seems too high or if they tack an additional fee on for packaging materials, I do not bid. Also, if the shipping amount isn’t stated in the listing then I email the seller ahead of time and find how much they are going to charge me before I bid. That way you have it in writing and there are no surprises later. I feel the seller should have a starting price that covers whatever they feel they are entitled to. This way the buyer isn’t going to feel they are being taken advantage of.
Selling on Ebay is just like any other business - the expenses for the packaging materials are a cost of doing business. You don’t go through the checkout at Walmart and get charged for the shopping bags right?
...Thanks, Steve - Ishpeming, Michigan
Hello. Like everyone else I enjoy your newsletter so much. Thank you.
I don't believe any seller should lose money after an auction closes on the shipping charges, materials, or the time they spend in buying, packing, and shipping these items. If you do, you are cutting into your profits.
I do think a good answer to the concern about ebay sellers who charge exorbitant shipping charges is covered by eBay's own policy. Obviously many sellers do this to reduce the fees they pay eBay. Thus eBay has an ENFORCED policy to handle this situation. You can view it from their Site Map to Help Topics and then to A-Z items where you can type in "excessive shipping charges." You can also report these sellers to eBay, which you should do as they give all of us a bad name (as your newsletter shows). eBay has a link in this policy to allow you to do so. You are not involved in the communication in any way but eBay contacts them directly and does resolve the issue.
Their statement reads "Sellers may charge reasonable shipping and handling fees to cover the costs for mailing, packaging, and handling the items they are selling. While eBay will not prescribe exactly what a seller may or may not charge, eBay will rely on member reports and its own discretion to determine whether or not a seller’s shipping, handling, packaging, and/or insurance charges are excessive. Shipping and handling fees may not be listed as a percentage of the final sale price.
Sellers who want to be sure they are in compliance with this policy may charge actual shipping costs plus actual packaging materials cost (or less)." ..Hope this helps to solve this problem. Connie
To Cindy in Ohio! I sell a lot of items in my online antique shop. So this means a lot of shipping! I do not give USPS Parcel Post shipping as a choice because: #1. It isn't always a better rate than Priority; #2. I spoke to our local Post Man & he told me that when you ship Parcel Post everything goes into one big bag or container where it can be broken a lot easier than with Priority. I don't say that nothing ever breaks when sent Priority, however, but in the 4 1/2 years I have been shipping, I can easily say that only about 3 - 4 items that I have shipped during this time period, arrived broken. I think that is a pretty good record! I always ship Priority & 1st Class, insured & confirmation, depending on the weight, the item, etc. I always recommend insurance, but the customer can turn it down at their own risk. Sending an item confirmed is a must! I have had 1 too many try to scam me by telling me that they did not receive the item, when in truth, they have & are just trying to get their money back & keep the item, too! Most people are honest & I love working with them & getting to know them. I still think shipping via USPS is the best. There are too many extra costs with any other shipping companies! A Dealer in Texas!
I have been a Buyer and Seller on Ebay for about 8 years. Yes, there have been many changes, both good and bad for both Seller and Buyer. As a Seller, I want to make the transactions as smooth as possible for potential Buyers. One is the cost of shipping. I do not understand why it seems so difficult for Sellers to package and weigh the items before listing so the cost of shipping can be calculated by the Buyer according to their own zip code. I do not like to pay the cost of something being shipped clear across the country (California) if I live in Pennsylvania. If you have to add in the cost of Handling (packaging costs, time, travel, etc.) then state it in your listing as such, but ship the item at it's true cost. I have received items in small manila envelopes with the cost of mailing right on the package, usually 3 to 4 dollars CHEAPER than what I actually paid. And I have to agree with S. Roja about the "Buy It Now" items for $5 and shipping being $12 - $15. It doesn't cost $15 to ship a bottle of lotion to someone one state away! If you want to make money on Ebay, do it with Customer Service! Buyers are smart - they aren't falling for the One-Shipping-Price-Fits-All! - Linda
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6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
The spring of 1947, a group of my family members decided to go on a camping trip to Yosemite National Park. The falls would be gorgeous after the long winter rains.
We had a great time hiking up the mountain trails, but someone had to carry my precocious little niece Kathy, who was only two and very unpredictable.
The first evening was a little crimpy, but we wanted to see the "Fire Fall" and walked over and joined the crowd. After that, they had a sing -a- long and everyone joined in. Kathy had been very good til then and even piped up with her little sqeeky voice. Why had we ever called her a Terrible Two?
So... After they had given a last speech of the evening, we were asked to say a little prayer.
We all bowed our heads, there was a momentary silence and at the top of her lungs, our little angel screamed, MOMMY, I HAVE TO GO POTTY!" I don't have to tell you, there was no longer any silence!! The laughter rang clear to the top of the mountains!!.. Iola
My kids are three years and three days apart in age. When my son was about a month old I was sitting on the sofa with both kids reading a story to them. The unmistakable aroma made it apparent that the baby was ready for a fresh diaper. I turned to my daughter and told her I had to go change the baby. She looked at me with her big blue eyes and with complete sincerity said, “Change him into a frog, please!” I guess the excitement of a new baby brother had worn off. Tilly, NY
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Ben requested a recipe for "Monkey Meat". We had one response.
First, one more recipe came in for the Fish Marinade request that ran last week...
Oops - I meant to send this last week, but forgot until I saw Rebecca's response to Becky's request for a marinated fish recipe. Here's a recipe I spotted in the 1949 edition of Milo Miloradovich's cookbook, The Art of Fish Cookery. The recipe is titled "Mullet Spicy Marinated," with a variation, "Baked Spiced Mullet." The baked version has a layer of minced onion, which would have a sweet taste when cooked. The marinade sounds like it would be good with other types of fish as well as mullet (tilapia comes to mind!). Hope this helps -- Lynn, gulfcoast Florida
Mullet Spicy Marinated
(time: 1 and 1/4 hours; serves 6)
2 and 1/2 lbs mullet fillets, skinned
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp tarragon herb
1 bay leaf, crumbled
1 small onion, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup wine vinegar
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup flour
3 tbs shortening or fat
water cress (optional garnish)
Wipe fillets with damp cloth; cut into serving portions. Pour olive oil and vinegar into large mixing bowl; add all seasonings; blend well. Marinate fish in this mixture for one hour. Drain, dry slightly, roll in flour. Melt shortening or fat in skillet; heat but do not allow to smoke; fry fish 10 minutes; turn carefully with spatula; fry 5 minutes more, or until golden brown. Serve immediately on preheated plates; garnish with water cress (optional).
Variation: Baked Spiced Mullet: Prepare fish as for "Spicy Marinated" but do not roll in flour; mince one extra onion. When fillets have marinated one hour, place them in a shallow greased baking dish; sprinkle with minced onion; smother with bread crumbs; top with 3 slices bacon; bake in preheated moderate oven (375 degrees F.) for 30 minutes.
-- And now your recipe for "Monkey Meat" --
2 lbs pork steaks
1/2 cup teriyaki marinade
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon ginger, crushed
pepper, to taste
12 bamboo skewers (soaked in water)
Cut up pork steaks into bite size pieces.
Mix the teriyaki, broth, garlic, ginger and pepper together. Place the meat in a container and pour the marinade over it.
Place an air tight lid on the container and marinade over night.
Place on presoaked bamboo skewers and grill on a foil covered grill that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Grill until dark brown. 20 minutes is a guess, it really depends on the cut of the meat and the temp of your grill. Great served with rice. Carol Thomas- Cullman,AL
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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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We had a 3 generation family gathering this weekend and talked about all the wonderful things my grandmother used to make at similar gathers. One was a layered dessert I think she called Bavarian Creme. As is normal in all families, no one ever wrote this recipe down, we just begged Granny make it for us. What we remember it had a graham cracker layer, creme layers, white cherries, bananas, pineapple, whipped creme, we think 7 or 8 different layers. Does anyone remember a 1940s or 1950s dessert like this? My parents grew up in southern West Virginia but my grandfather also had family in Pennsylvania so it could have come from there. I would love to surprise my mother with this for her birthday in November as she said it was always her favorite dessert.
I love to open my inbox and see my Tias newsletter. I always wait to read it when I can savor every part of it. Thank you so much for keeping our past alive.
Lake Wales, FL
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