That's exactly what I would do too, but as stated above, just make sure you have tracking included, otherwise it would be pointless. The cheapest first class with tracking would be around $1.50 or so.
Seems like a bit much just to send a piece of paper, but does anyone else use a cheaper method with tracking for sending very light (3 oz or less) packages?
I don't know of one. I remember reading about certain post offices doing test runs of a tracking slip that could be put on standard first class mail (non packages = envelops, flats, etc.) for like an additional $.29 or so which would be the way to go in this situation but I don't think that program has launched yet (if it ever will).
Now.. I have a quick story.
I sold an AC Liberation Vita bundle to a buyer about 10 days ago. I bought it from Best Buy at $199.99 after the price drop and used a combination of RZ certs and Gift Cards that I wanted to burn. I put it up at ~ $280.xx on eBay and it sold very quickly.
I packed it very well, insured it and shipped it to the buyer the next day and two days later he received it.
Now two or three days after he received it the buyer contacted me and stated that the screen wasn't working properly. Because I feared a scam I let him know that I was aware I sent him unit S/N xxxxxxxx and that if he were to open a case or return this unit I would need to receive unit S/N xxxxxxxxx back.
I do offer the suggested 14 day returns on all my listings but I almost exclusively only ever sell brand/new sealed units and I put a caveat in the listing that if the item is new it must be returned new---meaning I don't accept returns on opened items.
Well I wasn't going to stand my ground with this because all the buyer had to do was open a SNAD case and I'd be accepting the return whether I liked it or not so I told him that if the screen wasn't working the unit was under warranty and I'd help pass along the original receipt so he could send it back to Sony. I also explained to him that Sony used OLED screens that typically show "bleeding" when the screen is completely black and that this is normal and not a defect per se. He was adamant that it was a problem with a dead pixel and that he wanted to return it.
At this point I just said fine, return it, and as long as I get Unit S/N xxxxxxx back I'll issue you a refund. Today I received the unit back and it is the same unit. He didn't switch it out and it doesn't appear like he tampered with it in any way. I turned it on and played with it a little and the screen is absolutely perfect. In fact it looks better then both my 3G Launch vita and the AC vita I bought for my girlfriend.
It doesn't really make any sense for me to send it back as the buyer can still open a case later on but I'm a little pissed because at this point I'm stuck with something that is worth considerably less because it's been open/used--even if just for a short period of time. If I had to guess I'd say that he didn't realize these were now $199.99 and he found one locally. He did play it as it has his PSN ID on it as well as the AC game installed.
Anyways I guess I'll just refund him. I'm not paying his return shipping costs though. What would you guys do with the vita now if you were in my shoes? There is nothing wrong with it as far as I can tell so I'm not going to send it to Sony (no screen problems to fix) and I'd feel dirty trying to make up something so I could return it to Best Buy (my local BB is very good to me).
I guess that just leaves reselling it in a lesser condition for a less amount of money?
P.S. I know he isn't trying to really scam me because he didn't send it back with signature confirmation which would be required because it was valued at over $250. Just buyer's remorse I guess.