Originally Posted by Happyguy
You both think it was fair? As in, he is spending $x to send the bottle so it's fair to ask for equal compensationExcept that there doesn't seem to be any extra expense on his part.The offer was: I pay an extra $15 and he sends the 50ml decant in the original 200ml bottle.
From what I can tell:
1. No/little extra shipping cost: the weight difference isn't minimal but it's $0 extra if he's shipping flat rate
2. Saves him $4: shipping in the original bottle means that he doesn't have to buy a 50ml atomizer for the decant
3. Collectible value of a Sycomore 200ml bottle: unknown. I don't see them on eBay.
I send out over 500 splits a year, and I can honestly tell you there is a difference in the cost for mailing.
A 50ml split sent USPS First Class Mail will cost $2.75-$3.25 depending on how it is packaged. A 200ml bottle will not fit into a standard small Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. It would have to go into something larger, especially if your pack it properly to avoid any breakage.
I regularly send 75ml Guerlain Bottles and packaging. From Florida to California, the Priority Mail cost is can $12.00 or more. Add to that the cost for the packing materials, time and effort, plus purchasing on Ebay using paypal, the fees of .0475 for the additional monies.
The bottom line, if you do not feel it is worth the extra money to have the original bottle, then don't fret or get upset about it, just get the decant bottle and enjoy the fragrance.