....and never having done it before, i used a pack & ship store close to my office. (similar but a different one than mail box's etc.), anyway, they boxed it and wrapped it up beautifully, weighrd it, applied postage, and then said, "that'll be $8.70! , i was completely taken back by it, as i could clearly see that the actual postage cost was $3.49
when i asked them why so much? they responded by saying that i was paying for the "handling" , true, they had provided the box, and they did do the wrapping of it, but $3.50 for postage, and over $5 for the handling?
live and learn, from that time on, i packed and wrapped on my own, and only dealt directly with the post office.
i know it's not much of a consolation, but perhaps this seller uses pack and ship joints, and is mearly passing on the actual costs (or maybe they got stung like i was before, and thus only charge what it would have been had they used a pack and ship place)
anyway, as the auction you won was for a true collectable that was priced as little as one could hope for, $8.01 is pretty reasonable for an avon x-wing
i myself also learned the hard way with ebay, i will only bid on auctions where the shipping and handling is clearly posted, and if the amount plus what i'm willing to spend is acceptable. in your case swaffy, $0.01 + $8.00 would definately fall under the column as acceptable in my book!