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I don't like high shipping prices more than anyone else. I too am a buyer. However, there is no point in being an idiot, either. Postage, supplies and fees are expensive.

The truth is that real shipping costs are much higher than most eBay sellers realize! Large online companies can build some of their shipping costs into their item prices. People who sell inexpensive collectibles cannot.

Most of my inventory is very inexpensive, so I must charge actual costs of shipping. If that is unacceptable to you, then please, DO NOT buy from me. It is very, very simple.

I believe in using supplies capable of getting collectibles to my customer in the best condition possible. While I cannot control what happens after packages leave my hands, I can give them the best chances of survival.

Here are the shipping supplies I use.

I use Stay-Flat mailers to mail practically everything larger than a credit card. Those mailers are not cheap. I have used cheaper mailers, but I never liked their products. I think the added expense is worth the cost. 
 
For small items such as railroad passes and tickets, I use heavy duty carboard mailers from Cheshire. They are made to ship paper money. I freely admit that such mailers are overkill for very cheap items. However, do not ask me to use flimsy, cheap supplies. I won't do it. Period. My goal is to try to make sure items arrive safely.

I believe in being open about costs. I do that because I have positive proof that educated buyers are better buyers. Here are my actual costs as of early-2012. (And YES, PayPal charges commissions on shipping costs!)

Item type
Shipping category
My cost
I charge
Passes, tickets and small items
Mailer
$0.628
 
Postage
$0.840
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
Holder
$0.237
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
PayPal fee
$0.250
 
_______
 
Total actual cost
$2.522
$2.50
 
Booklets, playbills, postcards
Mailer
$0.513
 
Postage
$1.900
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
PayPal fee
$0.325
 
_______
 
Total actual cost
$3.305
$3.25
 
Magazines, sheet music
Mailer
$0.612
 
Postage
$1.900
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
PayPal fee
$0.253
 
_______
 
Total actual cost
$3.332
$3.50
 
Small or typically folded newspapers
Mailer
$0.995
 
Postage
$2.470
 
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
 
PayPal fee
$0.331
 
 
_______
 
 
Total actual cost
$4.363
$4.30
 
 
Medium newspapers
Mailer
$1.363
 
 
Postage
$2.470
 
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
 
PayPal fee
$0.474
 
 
_______
 
 
Total actual cost
$4.875
$4.75
       
Large newspapers
Mailer
$2.010
 
 
Postage
$2.470
 
 
Return address label
$0.080
 
 
Shipping label
$0.187
 
 
Insurance
$0.300
 
 
PayPal fee
$0.550
 
 
_______
 
 
Total actual cost
$5.597
$5.50