Because we've all been done, haven't we?
I buy and sell with people overseas quite a lot, so I've learnt through (occasionally harsh) experience what this postage deal really is, both to and from Australia.
Now, I can look at an item and I'll pretty much know what the packed weight will be and so how much the postage will be. And all that stuff about delivery times and flat rates and sea mail. Blah blah.
So I'll send the seller a cheeky message, both asking for a postage quote and telling them how much it'll be. (This actually works a treat, believe it or not, and has saved me heaps).
But I was looking at this little lovely earlier tonight, and got really annoyed.
A signed Czech glass dress clip. Shocking photos, but then you don't need good photos to tell you that this is a beautiful piece.
And the postage? A mere 9 POUNDS from France to Australia. Hello!
How would you approach this one?
If there's something you really want to buy and you just know the postage is overpriced, would you query it? Or just not buy?
And if you queried it, how would you phrase it?
Whereas this fabulous 50s table - this particular style is one I've always wanted - can be sent to Australia from the UK for 50 pounds. Expensive postage, yes, but hey, it's a table.
Personally I think the seller deserves to charge a bit more on postage if they're willing to pack something like that for international travel.
Do you agree?