A couple of weeks ago I had a convo with a friend about an experience she had on eBay recently. I told her I’d had the same thing happen to me a couple of years ago.
She had spied a bag she liked and asked the seller if they shipped to Australia and how much it was.
The seller told her that an English woman had asked her the same thing and that it was too expensive to ship. That she had taken it to the post office and was told $17.80 and the seller stated this was too expensive.
My friend sent a reply back telling the seller something along the lines of, you are assuming the customer cannot afford the shipping and that as a seller they shouldn’t as they don’t know how much a customer can or cannot afford. That she thought the shipping of $17 was reasonable for something that size and that the seller was losing business by assuming their customers don’t have money.
I had something similar happen to me about three years ago. I was looking at a bulk lot of books on eBay and had asked the seller how much shipping was to Aus, I got so many convoluted replies it was ridiculous. He told me how much and this was too expensive for someone to afford and blah, blah, blah, and then he got angry when I didn’t reply fast enough and I had a go at him by telling him that I didn’t reply because I was on the other side of the world and it was night time and I had gone to bed and answered the next morning when I got online. What a knob! Needless to say I didn’t buy his books. Such a dick!
But either way, I don’t know what sort of sellers these people are, but if someone asks for the shipping rate give it to them and not a running fucking commentary full of assumptions and stupidity. You have no fucking idea what a potential customer can or cannot afford to spend on an article. I could be filthy rich for all anyone knows and have dough to spend but because of these idiots, they don’t get my money.