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Old 03-09-2019, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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IIsports unable to open cardboard

Just a little rant here...

I put in a couple offers on IIsports eBay items and asked if shipping could be combined for said items. One lot in a medium flat rate, and a spyder velocity adjuster. The response I got when I asked was "Sorry these items are prepacked in flat rate boxes". I tried very hard not to come off like a d#$!, so I simply said "Can the boxes not be opened?". Still awaiting a reply, but come on, it's a cardboard box. Cut the flaps open on both boxes. Place the small item in the large box and apply tape.
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What? They complained about the BOX? Thats a little snobbish to say the least...
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Old 03-09-2019, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Basically they're saying since they've already sealed the box they can't put anything else in it.
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And thier shipping is rediculously priced. I've been tempted by a few of thier lots but refuse to pay $20+ shipping for things that can all fit in a flat rate box
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And thier shipping is rediculously priced. I've been tempted by a few of thier lots but refuse to pay $20+ shipping for things that can all fit in a flat rate box
Agreed. I wanted 3 mini pods, they wanted $36 for shipping. It would cost me $3 to ship those first class. They won't even ship flat rate boxes to my zip.
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maybe they are drop shipping?
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Agreed. I wanted 3 mini pods, they wanted $36 for shipping. It would cost me $3 to ship those first class. They won't even ship flat rate boxes to my zip.
Pretty sure I just sent you one, lol.
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maybe they are drop shipping?
They're used items, so I don't think they're coming from an outside source.

By the way, they never responded. I'm perfectly ok if there's a logical reason why it can't be done, but their lack of response leads me to believe there is no reason.
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One person is prolly the whole shipping department. Take a pic, box it up, list it on ebay until it sells. It's not likely very cost-effective to break down what's already packed up to combine the orders for mostly used/clearance parts. Unfortunate, but it might make sense to them. I haven't bought any of these lots yet, though.
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My experiences with them in the past is that they packaged these things up, wrote the box number on them and put them in the stockroom.

I also think this is done by a handful (if not, less) of people and I am more than certain they get these questions constantly. I can understand their end, not wanting to open up the box just to see if you can fit more in them. Constantly trying to play shipping tetras on boxed up stuff can get time consuming really quick.

The boosted shipping cost may be a leftover habit from ebay days gone by where they hide some of the product cost in the shipping charges.
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