drive_75 wrote in post #16761571
What's next? Can I ask for gas money from the buyer because I have to drive to the post office? Gas is expensive now a day.
That is part of the "handling" part of "Shipping & Handling." You can charge whatever you like for handling, including the cost of the packaging supplies, your time to pack and ship, gas expenses, pro-rated vehicle wear and tear, a cup of Starbucks for the ride, or even a fiver for some local teenager to transport the package to the post office on his bike. The "As Seen on TV" ads are famous for this ruse. Caveat Emptor.
Unless otherwise agreed by buyer and seller, the seller is responsible for delivery of the item advertised and in the advertised condition to the buyer, regardless of whether buyer pays additional costs for shipping, handling and/or insurance.
But a seller can specify other terms and conditions, including that the merchandise is sold FOB shipping point. Although usually used for freight, the law applies to small items as well. FOB shipping point means that responsibility for the merchandise is transferred to buyer as soon as the merchandise is accepted by the shipper and, therefore, the seller is no longer liable if the shipper loses or damages the merchandise.
But in most cases the seller either doesn't understand how shipping liability and insurance work, or is hoping to make a few extra bucks off unsuspecting buyers.