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Arbitrary Limits: eBay and TV Season DVDs

WTF? eBay says I can’t charge more than $3 to ship an item in the DVD category. I’m selling a 2-pound boxed set. The cheapest USPS rate is $3.16 for media mail. I appreciate the effort to prevent sellers from overcharging for shipping, and $3 leaves plenty of room for most DVDs…but apparently it hasn’t occurred to them that people might be selling larger boxed sets.

Anyway, I’m selling some Farscape DVDs on eBay. The auctions end Sunday, November 29.

How do you pronounce UPS?

I’m going to have to stop using Amazon’s super-saver free shipping. It doesn’t let you choose the carrier (which, I’m sure, is part of why it’s free). For whatever reason, Amazon shipped part of my latest order by Priority Mail and part of it by UPS. Random paperback novel? Arrived safely in a locked mailbox three days ago. Mac OS X Tiger? UPS left a notice on the door today indicating that they need someone to sign for it in person, and they’ll try again during work hours tomorrow.

*Sigh*

Either that, or I’m just going to have to start asking Amazon to ship things to the office instead. As it is, I’ve asked UPS to redirect this package, but if their website is to be believed, they won’t be able to do so until Monday. So much for using Saturday to upgrade.