Postage costs and hiding VAT
This is mainly about car parts but it applies to other UK internet sellers. I really want to buy direct from seller/supplier sites rather than sending money to Amazon/ebay. That way they don't have to pay fees and hopefully I get things cheaper. Except it doesn't work out that way.
For example I just priced up the parts for an engine rebuild from a UK supplier, on their own site. The postage charges and VAT were hidden till just before checkout, at which point I went how much. I then proceeded to price exactly the same parts from ebay and even using three different sellers, paying for three different delivery services, the postage was half as much.
One of the sellers I am buying from on ebay is the same supplier I originally tried to buy from and the postage they charge on ebay is lower than their own site. This sort of behaviour from UK sellers drives me up the wall, it is obvious they are making extra from postage and think if they hide the true costs of things till just before checkout, they can get away with charging more. It is as if they are unaware of the existence of big online selling platforms.
Yet the same sellers involved in these sharp practices are the first to complain about fees from the likes of ebay and are annoyed that people don't buy direct from them.
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