subzero wrote:TheJabbaWookie wrote:I bet if you said I’ll pay you extra for the protection they might change their tune
That's fucking true right there, you'd get a response back in 30 seconds saying.. "yes sir of course sir certainly sir, anything else you want me to do for you sir? don't hesitate to ask"
I've done that before now as well, and it worked for me. Admittedly I did ask for rather extreme protection of an item I was very keen not to receive any damage, but the seller was great about it. Their auction admittedly did also say to contact them before the action ended if any special packing requirements were needed, but I would have done so anyway. I made it very clear that I was happy to pay whatever the postage came to (£30 in the end, but it was worth it; I requested next day delivery on a very large and heavy box, hence the cost), and the seller was terrific about it. He was a rather rare seller in that he genuinely gave a damn and followed my packing instructions to the letter, and then even sent me an itemised breakdown of how the postage and packing charge had been arrived at (I didn't ask him for the breakdown, but it was nice to see!).
Nevertheless, if you can get the seller to understand in advance of you bidding what you require of them, that you are prepared to pay any reasonable extra postage charges, if necessary, and heavily imply (if not outright state) that if the item arrives damaged due to poor packing you will be returning it for a full refund (I've had to do that before as well), you usually find you'll get the item in the same condition it left the seller