Saturday, October 20, 2012
My four-dollar figure
One thing you have to be careful about is shipping--what seems like a bargain price might have a postage surcharge that's more than the cost of your purchase. I realize that's unavoidable when buying low-cost items, so I try to amortize the shipping & handing by grabbing multiple auctions from the same seller to combine the postage.
So last week I bid on almost a dozen figures to expand my Nightmare Legion army for Hordes of the Things. They all had shipping listed at $2.99 or more, so I wanted to spread that cost among several figures.
Well lo and behold, I get outbid on everything except this one mini, which I might use as a standard-bearer for another element of skeletal spears. I won the auction for 99 cents, but then you add the three bucks postage, and I paid about twice what I had wanted to shell out. Sure, four bucks ain't bad for a vintage Warhammer figure (and I do like this mini; it's got a lot of character), but I don't like paying all that shipping--and I normally wouldn't do so for a one-dollar purchase.
Still, a bid is a bid, so I went ahead and paid for the auction. I just wish shipping wasn't three times the price of the purchase. Anyone else ever make an ebay purchase without taking into account the cost of shipping?