You are right on the button. The cards I have bought from eBay came USPS in
either a thick tan envelope with or without bubble insulation; cost: $1.00
give or take. One person sent using UPS for $5.00--for one card! And USPS
is just as fast as UPS ground! You may try to ask the seller to send USPS
(not Priority of course).
I don't know what the fuss is all about lost or misdirected mail. I have
never had any problems with this. Those people probably just put on the
phone number instead of the zip code or something, or maybe for Nevada they
put VA. Also helps to put the zip code extension--(example: 12345-6789).
>Another major annoyance lately on eBay is shipping charges. How many
>times have I seen some DOPE selling ONE $2 card charge $3 for
>shipping. HELLO! So basically its an easy way to sell a $2 card for
>$4.50 (allowing for about 50c for postage). As a buyer, I've got to
>watch the auction price AND the postage. I think most buyers do the
>same thing, but I'd guess many buyers don't look past the auction
>price. I think too many sellers are trying to make it up in shipping
>(and handling) costs.
>Just in case anyone is interested in my experience (I do a bunch of
>trading too), here is what it costs to mail 1-10 cards
>Jiffy Envelope .25
>For super secure transport.
>Another hint: Don't get ripped off on Priority Mail on packages under
>1 pound. I get the same service, no matter what the P.O. says.
>Remember, the P.O. no longer guarantees 2 day delivery on Priority
>Mail. So for a 3 ounce package, you can pay .78 for 1st Class or $3
>for Priority Mail.