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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:51 am

I thought I'd have a rant about a recent transaction I made on eBay for hatching eggs.

Rant 1 - communication, it makes such a difference. Specially as you often have to be at home to sign for the parcel, so it would be useful to know when it was dispatched and by what method. Specially for something perishable like hatching eggs. How hard is it to send a little message to say "I've sent your eggs today via whatever method and when to expect it. Hope you have a good hatch" or let them them know if there is some delay.

If you have to ask, "have you sent it yet?" a day after it could have been posted and not get a reply till late that afternoon, you could be hanging around waiting for it to arrive in vain.

Rant 2 - postage and packaging. I know it's not cheap to post and people often forget how much packaging costs (egg trays, tissues, bubblewrap, box, tape)... but to send it RM Standard Parcels (three to five working days). Basically up to a week to deliver. Is that 2nd or 3rd class? You must be joking, as I paid nearly 8 postage for 2 dozen eggs!!!

I'm sure I'll have more to rant about when and if the eggs finally do arrive next week.
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Post by internet_nobody on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:20 pm

I hope they're very rare eggs!!! Or giant rhea/ostrich eggs that are too heavy for first class Razz

I hate it when sellers try to make a profit on P&P. I charge 3 for 2 doz, first class recorded...its 2.62 (or thereabouts) for the postage, then the egg trays are 17p each, luckily i've got enough bubble wrap and bits of cardboard from stuff i've had posted to me so don't feel the need to charge for that. I've bought other stuff and looked at the charges and thought "well that seems OK" then it arrives and the postage was half the P&P cost, now i've posted a lot more parcels and have a better idea on cost it really puts me off bidding!

*insert guilty face here* I've still not posted eggs for Al Embarassed unfortunately I was struck down with a yucky sinus infection and haven't had chance to go to the post office. *remove guilty face* so sometimes people really do have reasons...for late posting...
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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:41 pm

Just coturnix Emma. I wanted some unrelated fawn stock for breeding trials and I saw this listing had mixed colours with fawn in the flock. It's quite hard to find fawn. Neutral

Well it arrived an hour ago to my surprise as the Royal Mail postman made a delivery I had to sign for at 7:30am. 2nd/3rd class must be delivered by another lot of posties. They came in rather unconventinal packaging; a dozen were individually bubble wrapped (took forever to unwrap) within a plastic container and the other dozen were in a polystyrene quail box.

Think it's fair enough in unforseen circumstances. Hope you send him a little note Emma, otherwise he'll be hovering around waiting for the postman bounce
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Post by QuailCrazyUSA on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:51 pm

I myself have not had too many problems buying through ebay, perhaps just beginners luck? Smile
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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:09 pm

Well, I've bought rotten duck eggs once. I didn't check (float them in water) and they exploded in my incy... YUK!!!
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Post by Ironsun on Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:33 pm

Hi,

I'm with Emma on this one too, I think people are out for just what they can get.

I recycle most of my packing, but buy new egg trays for about 10p each.So for two dozen eggs from me is the postage cost (1.94) and boxes and tape (34p) total of 2.28, and if you request Recorded delivery it's 72p extra.Grand total of 3.00.

When asking questions to the sellers, they blame all sorts for costs, they buy this and that. The amount of times you get eggs arriving in a box scrouged from the corner shop, stuffed with news paper and very often eggs packed in used chinese cartons with shavings.

I get my cardboard boxes from the shops too, but I cut them up to fit the egg box parcels, the eggs are well packed, they don't move around in transit, and the end result is a good hatch.

Sellers are not responsable for postage times, but when ever I've sent eggs 9/10 times they arrive next day. I once waited 5 days for eggs and that was a recorded deliviery too!

Derek.
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Post by keef on Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:51 pm

i'm with Derek and Emma also.
i re-cycle the boxes too, and pack well, i use new egg cartons, which are well padded, then bubble wrap and then i add shreaded paper to stop any movement.
people who have had eggs off me get good hatch rates as a result.
i find most folk on ebay charge about 1.50 per dozen eggs as postage
some try to charge 4.50, how they get to that amount is beyond me,
i think there train of thought is, "well the eggs are cheap ernough" i'll make up for it on the postage.
it's about time this was stamped down on or even stamped out.

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me think you started a right rage here andy!!!
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Post by Mark on Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:24 pm

Most of the Ebay listings I see on the USA Ebay site show a mandatory Priority Shipping. alot of the eggs I had on Ebay were setup to calculate shipping by the zip code, so the cost varied. Most sellers have a set shipping rate of $20 I have seen lately. I use shipping foam it cost me $2.60 for it, so I charge $3.

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Post by QuailCrazyUSA on Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:23 pm

The last batch of 12+3 coturnix eggs I bought from ebay cost me 1.50 for the eggs and something like 6.70 for the shipping. There was a batch of 10+1 before that, of a color that was so new to the US that only a handful of people even had it. what did this batch cost me? 2.00 for the eggs and around 7.00 for the shipping. And cpq? Well you can find them so many other places its rather silly to purchase them from ebay. My last batch of cpq, and mind you I got to choose the color, were 15.00 dollars shipped, for 15 eggs! All of this to say there are some decent people in this biz who charge a fair price, and at least here in the states, they're not that hard to find. Sorry Andy lol! didnt mean to rub it in Wink
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