Case in point #1. To have 10 of my CYMTA, from the Topps Million website, sent to me, would cost $7.69.
In actuality, 10 cards in penny sleeves and toploaders, packaged in a bubble mailer, weighs about 10 oz which coming from Duryea, PA would cost $3.10 including delivery confirmation.
Case in point #2. To have just (1) eTopps card shipped to me would cost $4.25.
In actuality, the eTopps card, which comes in an uncirculated case similar to an Ultra Pro magnet holder shipped in a bubble mailer would weigh approximately 4oz. and cost $1.73.
If I charged that amount, in either case, for "handling", how many collectors would consider that "reasonable" by eBay standards? The consequences for charging more between 100-150% of the actual shipping charge would include;
- Receiving a warning from eBay prior to listing the item notifying me of the exorbitant price I was charging.
- I would, most likely, receive negative feedback from the seller.
- Damage my seller rating.
- Be chastised on message boards.
- Have a space reserved for me in hell.
So why is it OK for Topps?
The poll was pretty evenly split, which actually surprised me. I just find it an interesting subject to shed light on. Obviously, this is far from anything that could remotely be called scientific, but maybe it helps put things into perspective from an eBay seller's point of view who you think is charging $1 too much.