I had a random thought yesterday as I was looking up some textbooks for this semester on Half.com. If eBay can set specific shipping prices for every item listed on Half.com, why can't they do the same thing for items on eBay, especially trading cards.
For those who aren't familiar with Half.com, all items (at least all items I have gotten from there) have a set price and can be sent through media mail or express mail.
I don't think it's any deep, dark secret that eBay is a wonderful place to buy trading cards. I also think it's common knowledge that many sellers overcharge for shipping and handling, especially in single-card auctions. eBay has to know this, so why don't they try to do something about it? Namely, utilize a Half.com shipping style to sports card listings.
The way I see it, one card sold on eBay should always be shipped in bubble mailer. Where I do my shipping, that costs $1.39, a PayPal fee of about $0.50 is likely to incur with a mid-level card and the cost of the mailer and case is maybe $0.30 if you buy in bulk. Add that all together and $2.25 would be an appropriate figure. If you recycle mailers and cases like I do, $2 would work just fine.
In all honesty, a day of research at eBay could probably result in a nice system for cards with raw cards, graded cards and lots of cards each having their own separate price. Thoughts?