Tuesday, July 8th, 2003
Good news is that Half.com now services Canadians (…heh. SERVICES Canadians). Bad news is, it’s a rip-off. Normally, when you buy something off of Half.com, the transaction takes place between yourself and the actual seller – Half just provided the marketplace. For Canadians, however, Half.com facilitates the shipment as well, meaning that if you purchase items from several buyers in one transaction, they are all sent to Half.com first, packaged together, and then shipped to Canada through Borderfree, with additional shipping and duty charges. How much does this come out to, you ask? Well for $10 US worth of CDs, my final bill would have been just under $40 CAN. Uh, yeah. I don’t know who at eBay came up with this business plan, but I hope they don’t have too much riding on it. You’d have a tough time finding anywhere that would end up costing you MORE for used books and CDs.
Oh! This is rich – I just got an email from Half saying, “hey, you left items in your shopping cart last night!” Ha!
np – Big Star / #1 Record/Radio City