One guy in NY seems to think it's clever to low ball the price, then ask the highest S&H ever. For example, he's listed a CT33 with some extras for $425 Buy it Now. Shipping $382. I would hate to not notice that until after i pushed the Buy it Now button. Yesterday, he sold a Festool Planer for $300, plus $103 shipping. Still not too bad of a deal, but........
Charging excessive shipping is a method of circumventing eBay fees, and is against eBay rules. Sellers can be reported to eBay, and a range of actions that eBay can take are listed at the end of the following extract, taken from http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/listing-shipping.html
Excessive Shipping Charges Policy
When listing an item using eBay?s shipping calculator, or specifying a shipping cost in categories for which eBay does not prescribe maximum shipping and handling charges, sellers may charge reasonable shipping and handling fees to cover the costs of mailing, packaging, and handling. eBay will rely on member reports and its own discretion to determine whether or not a seller?s shipping, handling, packaging, and/or insurance charges are excessive. Shipping and handling fees may not be listed as a percentage of the final sale price.
Shipping and handling charges may include:Actual Shipping cost
: This is the actual cost paid to the carrier (i.e. postage) for shipping the item.Handling Fee
: Actual packaging material costs may be charged. A handling fee in addition to actual shipping cost may be charged if it is not excessive. Insurance
: Sellers may offer buyers insurance and extra services provided through the carrier at actual cost. These services include, but are not limited to: Certificate of Mailing, Certified Mail, Collect on Delivery, Delivery Confirmation, Insured Mail, Registered Mail, Restricted Delivery, Return Receipt, Signature Confirmation and Special Handling.
Charges not allowed in Shipping & Handling:Tax
: Only actual applicable federal, state, country, city, VAT, and equivalent taxes may be charged.Additional insurance protection
: No additional amount such as ?self insurance? may be added.Sellers who do not use a licensed 3rd party insurance company may not require buyers to purchase insurance. This is a violation of state law.Tariffs and duties
: For cross border transactions, sellers may not collect tariffs and duties.However, buyer may be responsible for actual tariffs and duties as required by country laws.Fees related to Shipping & Handling
: Gasoline, mileage, time spent at a carrier, time spent packaging the item, eBay and PayPal fees may not be added.
Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:
Limits on account privileges
Forfeiture of eBay fees on cancelled listings
Loss of PowerSeller status