Has anyone noticed that the used gear site adds additional "shipping surcharges" to items seemingly at random.
It does not seem to be based on product size or weight, as often lighter or smaller items have surcharges and heavier larger ones do not.
I've noticed this mostly in tents. Tbh I think the 7.50 + 3.50 per item is outrageous to begin with, especially when we are talking about a $300+ tent,but to just add an additional charge. . .
Here's my theory. The company that does the used gear adds a surcharge to "fast movers" so they get an additional untaxed kickback they don't have to share with REI/Patagonia/ etc.
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Here are a few examples currently for sale on your site, the stated package size and item weights. This contradicts your explanation.
REI co-op screen house 9x29 13lb no surcharge
Marmot amp 2p tent 19.7x8.6 3lb 5oz $5 surcharge
Big Agnes Bird Beak SL3 Tent 22.5x7.5 6lb 6oz no surcharge
Nemo Blaze 1p tent 15x4 2lb has added $5 surcharge
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