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Marking Packages Down Without Buyer's Knowledge or Consent?

I've recently encountered an issue I find somewhat baffling - international sellers from Japan marking my packages down without my consent. I NEVER have my packages marked down because we all know what happens if said package then gets lost - you're only covered the amount that was stated. Also, it's illegal, and although I know many people do it to avoid getting hit by customs (and don't get hauled off to jail by the FBI XD), I just prefer not to. Personal preference, especially because I don't have buttloads of spending money and I need to ensure I'm covered if an item gets lost. I can't afford not to.

The latest markdown on a package I received today had me surprised. A $212 (plus $30 EMS shipping) dress I bought from Mai Ozawa on eBay was marked down to $70 (5100yen in another section, which is even less - $62.90). That's less than half of the actual value. I was really not happy about it. I was never asked if I wanted a mark down, and never informed there would be a mark down. I never thought I would have to specify to sellers that I DIDN'T want them to lie about the value of a package. Thank goodness the package arrived safely and, despite only being packaged in an Angelic Pretty bag, wasn't damaged. I don't have $212 to just throw around - for me, that's a big purchase.

Is this an issue other people have encountered? It's a bit baffling to me - I don't really understand why a seller would mark down a package on his/her own. From now on, should I inform sellers I want the full value marked on my package? Like I said, I never thought I'd have to actually specify that, but...
Tags: discussion: consumer ethics, ordering: shipping
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