Bought an item on eBay and it arrived with Postage Due!

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by PaulKTF, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Senior Member Thread Starter

    Well, after 12+ years on eBay this is a first for me...

    I bought something on eBay, and instead of getting the item delivered to my front door, I got a pink slip in my mailbox from the Post Office saying that there was $10.64 worth of postage due (!) on an item that cost me a total of $13 (including supposedly the initial/full shipping fee, of course).

    I know I could have just paid the extra $10.64 postage to get the item, but I didn't need the item all that badly so I am instead returning it to the sender and filing a claim with eBay to get my initial payment refunded to me (I have told eBay what happened, and that I am returning the item to the seller since I don't want to pay any more for the item than I was supposed to in the first place).

    So I will get my $13 back, and the seller will get their item back and they can try to re-sell it to someone else.

    Has anyone else ever had this happen as an eBay buyer before? Did you pay the postage that was due to get your item or did you return the item to the seller?
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  2. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Your seller probably tried to ship something which is not allowed in Media Mail that way. Pound for pound Media Mail is much cheaper, but if you're going to do something stupid you'll get caught. When you buy Media Mail you agree it can be opened for inspection, and if it's bogus they slap on Priority Mail to be paid by the recipient.
  3. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Senior Member Thread Starter

    Ah! Okay, that's interesting. That explains why the shipping price listed in the auction was unusually low. I'll keep an eye out for that in the future. Thank you!
  4. chazz101s

    chazz101s Forum Resident

    Oh yeah, I receive items in the USPS system and often wonder, How in the eff did the seller pay that postage? (Apparently, your seller did NOT get away with it.)
  5. aperfecttool

    aperfecttool ├ćnimic

    RDU, NC, USA
    It happened to me once, the seller used the "priority envelope" to ship a small cd box using their own printed label for "media mail" - the mail man knows me , so gave me a heads up to ask the seller if they would refund me the difference or he would return the item back to the sender. The seller agreed to partial refund me after I sent him a picture of the package. What the mailman said was that the sender should have covered up the "USPS priority mail" logo prior to dropping it in the mail.
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  6. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    Nope. If you use Priority Mail packaging from the USPS, then they will change the shipping to Priority Mail even if you cover up the Priority Mail annotation. That's the rule: Priority Mail packaging CANNOT be used for any other class mail.

    As for the OP: Refuse to pay the postage due and let the seller suck on it.
  7. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Senior Member Thread Starter

    Done! :)
  8. Tjazz

    Tjazz Music is my Mistress

    Sometimes I think the seller uses their "office" mailroom to ship their ebay packages.
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