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Fuck The UPS Store

Been on an eBay selling spree lately getting rid of all kinds of useful and somewhat valuable stuff. Most of it ended/sold last night and made a few hundred bucks on finding these items new homes. One of the items was for two, very small monitors (9"). I had them up there for $7/each as a minimum bid and the both sold for $25/each!

Was going to pack them up last night when I realized I did not have a large enough box and packing material to ship them to Florida. So, I just decided to stop by The UPS Store as it's on the way to work and pay the few extra dollars to have them pack it (normally I pack and drop-off directly at the main customer center/hub in Chapel Hill).

What was supposed to just cost $11 in shipping came out to $36! That is fucking insane! It was $17 for the shipping, $7 for the cardboard box and $10 for the packing materials. I was in a jam and in a rush to just get this out the door so I did not have to worry about it with a full day of work ahead of me (and my auction promised to send stuff out within 1 business day).

I was just pissed off the entire way to work about what I just paid. I feel like an idiot for paying it. I should have picked up my monitors and just walked right out the door. Part of me just didn't want to be a difficult customer. Well, it cost me this time.

Lesson learned. Sent a nasty note via the UPS site regarding this ripoff and promised to never use their UPS Store again and hope others here do the same.



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May. 30th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)

Perhaps it would have been best to carry the monitors back home and ship them the next day after geting boxes at a reasonable price. You could just explain the situation to the buyers in an email and let them know there would have been a delay of a day. Most people would understand and be fine with it I would think. I figure you have a good enough rating on ebay that even if you got dinged with a bad response it wouldn't hurt anything overall.

Always best to walk into a store with items boxed and ready to go methinks (as I sure you did too).

May. 30th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
The last time I went to the UPS store because I sold something on eBay the same thing happened to me. I ended up cutting my profit almost in half, just to ship the thing. Next time I'm going to Wal-Mart to get packing stuff and then the USPS. :)


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