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Offline DaveLeBlanc

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Reverb vs eBay fees comparison
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:07:34 AM »
Here's a comparison between fees of eBay and Reverb.

Item: Noblet Oboe.
Sale Price: $350
Shipping charged: $15
Total amount: $365

Reverb Processing Fees: $10.11
Reverb Selling Fees: $12.78
Shipping Cost (Fedex Ground): $33.00

Reverb total in-pocket amount: $309.11

Ebay selling fee: $36.50
PayPal fee: $11.25
Shipping Cost (eBay offers Fedex SmartPost): ~$15.00

eBay total in-pocket amount: $302.25

There really is not a significant difference at all between the two. What Reverb saves you in fees, eBay makes up for by offering extremely cheap Fedex SmartPost.
However, if you were to use a normal Fedex or USPS service instead, then you would find that Reverb saves you around $15.
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Re: Reverb vs eBay fees comparison
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 02:29:17 PM »
Good post, Dave.
I've never tried Smartpost with Ebay.  I always go out of pocket.
Maybe I should read up on it.
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Re: Reverb vs eBay fees comparison
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 03:55:24 PM »
Good post, Dave.
I've never tried Smartpost with Ebay.  I always go out of pocket.
Maybe I should read up on it.
It's the absolute cheapest way to send anything. That oboe costs $27.77 with USPS or $30 with Fedex, for 6 pounds. With SmartPost, it would be approximately $15.
It does take longer, up to 9 days. So it's great to send things on the cheap, if time is not of the essence.
As for security, I've never had any issues at all in terms of things not arriving or getting damaged. I have had a couple buyers complain about how long it takes, but it's never been a big deal.
For saving up to half off, I think it's definitely worth it.
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Re: Reverb vs eBay fees comparison
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 07:00:07 PM »
No doubt!
Wonder what I could send a dreadnought guitar for?  Surely less than the $88.75 it cost me last time!
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