I have been selling some stuff on eBay lately. Mainly it is just gently used scrapbooking items that I have found replacments for and I want to clear out some space (while making a little to buy more scrapbook stuff). I try not to charge outrageous amounts for shipping - in fact, if I am looking for something on eBay, I will not bid on an item if I find the shipping quote is beyond reasonable (after taking seller fees into account).
I am selling some punches right now and those buggers are heavy, so even in my auction listing, I justify the shipping price because of the weight. Today, I got an e-mail from someone asking me if they could "pick them up" if they won the auction because they couldn't see paying the shipping. SHE IS HALF WAY ACROSS THE STATE!!!! Part of me wanted to say "sure, pay $2.29 a gallon for gas, the wear and tear on your car AND let's not forget your time (because it would have taken her about 2 hours to get here)." I doubt she would be "saving" anything on shipping and they would probably get to her the next day anyway. In the end, I kept my comments to myself and just told her that I do not allow for pick-ups. I don't know about you, but I really don't want random strangers I sell stuff to on eBay knowing where I live.