There is a well known courier service in the UK that I have had problems with. The first box with a camera in that arrived with them was wet. The second was wrapped in a dustbin liner (responsibility of the sender) but looked as if it had been lying around in a builders truck covered in dust and sand. The third was in a damaged cardboard box that had greasy marks all over it. So, I will not use them to send items and hope that sellers do not. (Although they have improved in recent months.) It annoys me when people (sellers) state that the delivery service is 'Royal Mail First class' and you pay a premium price for postage and it arrives by cheap courier. When I bought my main camera, a nearly new Nikon D5200, the sender got caught out. I had paid for first class signed for by Royal Mail but it did not arrive, when I questioned it he said that the postman couldn't find my address. I live about 400 yards from the sorting office and one of my postmen is a neighbour so I knew that was a lie. When the camera eventually arrived it had been packed in a fibrous powder, like sawdust, luckily the camera was sealed in a polythene bag. Sellers!
If postage costs are unreasonable I don't bid ... unless it's something I really want, and then I take the excess charge off my maximum price. I am super disciplined about how much I pay. I did get one camera that was described as being in FWO, but was actually broken. I had been charged £5.00 for postage, but this had really cost the seller £2.80. The seller agreed to pay the return postage costs and refund my money. When it came to the cost of the return I said to the seller ... "postage cost you £5.00 didn't it?" They had no option other than to give me a fiver for postage, of which I spent £2.80. I call that natural justice.
My quibble with ebay is their pushing of free P&P. Inevitably that means slow delivery. If there a faster postage option then I almost always take it. I am happy to pay for postage for quick delivery. I am amazed at some really expensive items which only offer economy posting. I have had more than usual items lost by Royal Mail this year. I don't think that their security is very good. I've had no problems with courier deliveries. The better ones let you know when they plan to deliver. Tracking info is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it works, other times not.
I had a better experience with Ebay and computers, the seller offered free D&P via next day courier, so I hoped for the best, and it arrived on time, after an email from the courier stating the exact time to the doorstep! I had a second computer to order and used the same seller. Again next day to the exact time in the email. So some couriers do deliver the goods on time. I suspect that the profit margins are much higher for computer units, allowing more to be spent on the courier. Private sellers are tempted to use the cheapest courier. One thing I do if the seller list Royal mail, is to write immediately to confirm the use of Royal Mail as per the contract, as per his listing. With cameras I have never had issues, most use mail anyway.
having problems with parcel delivery in Aus to.. Australia post is going bust (due to poor governmental management) and are cutting staff which seems to be resulting in far more lost articles.. couriers are of no use to me personally as they will not come here and even with high postage rates drop items at their (local) depot... a 200klm drive for me in each direction, so you add that cost on and delivery becomes very expensive.. ebay getting involved in their own shipping company 'Global Shipping' from US insists on using these totally unreliable couriers
Here's another one that gets me. The term "Near Mint", used when elsewhere in the description the text says something (usually the meter) doesn't work, and/or the pictures show signs of use that don't come with a mint camera. It makes me lose all faith in the seller. Then there is the variation "Minty". I have no idea what that means, but guess it's not the same as Mint? I recall once reading that the term "Minty" was a legacy of the days of print typesetting, and used to same time/money; but the typical seller won't have any knowledge of that. Does anyone know any more about "Minty"?
I think the expression has come from it's use on Ebay as meaning near mint. It is not recorded on line or in reference books in this use till very recently. It was used in connection with newly minted coins, newly finished printing paper money, etc and as a term about sexual orientation, none of which apply to Ebay. It has just crept into use in listings.
Near Mint ... and shutter not working, would not, should not, be in the same sentence or listing!!!
Postage in UK is 100% reliable in my experience unless it's tracked and signed for, Then it takes forever to deliver and usually needs collecting from the local sorting office (before 9:30am), so I can only do it on my day off (except on saturday or sunday) as I start work at 5:45am. Normal vanilla post is fine, the postie leaves it in a safe place and lets me know.
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 20, 2016 8:30:52 GMT -5
There is an article of furniture for sale on ebay at the moment. It is described as 'shabby chuc'. That would be a good description for some of the older cheap photo gear that I have in my garage waiting to go to the recycling.
I bought a around 1996 F4 the listing said they put battery in and could only get a power light but no functions I paid $99.00 plus shipping they had the film switch on DX film and no film in it they will not work like that there are no marks on it and all functions work I am quite happy with it