For buyer clarity and to be in compliance w/ ebay's fee circumvention policy, we are posting clearly for our customers how we derive at our shipping costs for UPS Ground shipping.
1. BASE RATE: We calculate a FLAT RATE SHIPPING BASE CHARGE, so we don't lose, by choosing a shipping zip code destination on the West Coast. We are shipping from 10016 in New York.
2. OPTIONS: In order for DataVision to be protected against fraudulent transactions, UPS must get a signature at the time of delivery.
The Adult Signature Required option is approximately $3.50 for each package. This option is included in the price of our shipping. .
In addition, we also have a special profile on file w/ UPS to prevent and deter fraud. Our packages, once in route, can NOT be altered. For instance, you can NOT call UPS and change the delivery address once in route, otherwise it is sent back to shipper. This is in compliance w/ Paypal's seller protection terms and conditions where we MUST ship to a billing/confirmed address for fraud protection.
3. Ebay Policy: Ebay's policy on fee circumvention in regards to excessive shipping, allows for sellers to add a handling fee into the shipping price of the items purchased. Just for clarity, this breaks down by the following:
a. Boxes - UNLIKE USPS, UPS will not give out boxes for free. We purchase custom fitted boxes for a major box distributor, and boxes can run anywhere from 75cents to $3, depending on the size.
b. Packing Material - For protection of the item while in transit, bubble wrap, packing butcher paper, etc are also added.
c. Handling Fee - Concurrent to eBay's policy, we are allowed to modestly markup a small handling charge. This may or may not be factored in. Sometimes a smaller item, may ring up so much in standard charges, that we would prefer to not "turn off" the customer with excessive charges.
4 . Residential Delivery: Fees are calculated for Residential Delivery, which is usually a little bit more than shipping to a business address. Residentail Delivery is figured in as a default in our shipping tool, as 95% of our items ship to a residential address.
5. Insurance: All items are sent WITH insurance, for the full value of the item. UPS includes insurance for the first $100, but after that, we incur a charge on our account. This protects the sellers, in the event of a theft from UPS, loss by UPS, or a damage by UPS. The buyer is always protected.
Feel free to email us if you have any questions in regards to our shipping policy.