Somebody should warn Santa Claus, because Ebay is being naughty and nice to me right now.
Nice: I was able to sell two games for $24.49.
Naughty: My Christmas gift for Mom, which was ordered last month, still hasn't arrived.
The games I sold were Legend of Zelda: Toon Link Rides on a Choo-Choo Train and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. I got both of those games for free, so selling those games makes a nice little profit for me. Especially considering that I'd probably only get ten dollars for both of them from a videogame store.
I like to think that the secret of my success is not being a jerk and charging too much. There have been times where I bought a DS game, and the person charged twelve dollars for shipping. Twelve dollars? Keep in mind that the DS cartridge is about the size of a thumbnail. The game was mailed to my house in a normal envelope with a stamp. No priority mail, no special envelope, no anything. This happened to me several times.
My shipping policy is "it costs about $2.50 to send something across the country, so that's what I'll charge." When I bring the envelope to the post office to be weighed and mailed, they always charge somewhere around the two dollar range. So I charge the same amount. If it ends up costing more--which it never has--I'll just accept it as a shipping loss and move on.
Buyers get interested when they see one of the sellers charges ten dollars less for shipping than the other people do, so I always end up making a sale. True, I've only done this four times so far, but still, it seems like a good policy. Non-inflated shipping is the way to go.