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Postage costs from the EU to the UK are starting to creep up, but noticed some crazy ones.

Netherlands to UK one wants £27 postage another £18, another £13.

Spain to UK £20, France to UK £20. Sweden to UK £25.
 
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It will be cheaper to get a flight and go and fetch it yourself soon. Big Grin

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The old postage rates debate again.
We are all looking for cheaper shipping rates, but it seems lately that these are going out the door and shippers are asking whatever they like for international shipping.
My beef is E Bays G S P for wich there dose not seem to be a uniform rate.
EG look at Mydukes post on a card the shipping on that one card via E Bays G S P to New Zealand was NZ$114.25 How can that be justified.
I am not getting the Titanic shipped to me just one card.
Have E Bay got their own shipping division or do they use the normal systems.
Also can any one explain how E Bay equates their G S P is it a % of the selling price,or is a shipping cost just plucked out of the air by the seller.
As it is very hard to find equitable G S P costs among sellers that use the system.
Or is it that sellers dont care and let E Bay do their shipping for them as it guarantees them no loss.
 
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eBay's GSP is attractive to sellers because they just have to ship the item to a US address and be done with it. eBay take's on all the details from there.

eBay also collects some form of calculated duties and taxes, so the GSP price is supposed to be the delivered price to your door with all fees included. So, the total price is MORE than just a shipping fee.

As long at eBay holds sellers 100% liable for shipping overseas, GSP will continue to be an alternative for many sellers. Others just use the "US Only" option.

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The eBay GSP is a particular thorn in my wallet. I questioned eBay why two cards from the same seller had different postage rates - same size, weight and address - and they obviously didn't read my question because the answer was that it depended where the goods were being sent from. It also irks me that some sellers apologise for the system knowing it costs more, but can't be bothered to uncheck the box and use USPS instead. Customs duty and value added tax in the UK is calculated on not only the cost of goods, but the cost of postage as well. Everything from the USA is liable for these charges with a value of $18 or more. Not every item gets charged, so it's a bit of a lottery, but with eBay taking the charge at source plus a fee for doing so, a buyer stands no chance.
 
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The other big issue with GSP is that it is impossible to get combined shipping once items are purchased.
 
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What I can not understand is how US$76.33 can be charged for one card via the E Bay GSP system.
Especially if the seller is only paying USPS postage
And as you say you can not combine shipping so E Bay are getting it all
I am sure there is someone from E Bay reading these Posts and they have not even got the guts to come on and explain their rip off system
 
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They don't need to explain, they are the only show in town and they know it. I feel sorry for USA dealers like ED as i am sure he would love to sell me some cards but as he says ebay hold him totally liable for the package even if it gets delivered but the buyer says it did not.

Yes GSP is a total rip off to buyers and i would certainly never buy anything from a dealer who was using it but i can sympathise with why they do, i just can't understand why they use it for low value items which would have sold if not for the GSP.

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And why am I not surprised.
Traveled all the way to the PO yesterday only to be told that the cost of postage and shipping had risen from 1 July.
They seem to do it at will now.
 
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They seem to do it at will now.



Well don't go to Will. Big Grin

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GSP is a total disaster and I have never used it. And my business fluctuates from 70% to now over 90% foreign sales. But that still doesnt drive down the cost of a padded mailer going overseas to under $14. The minimum for anything with customs # tracking.

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They seem to do it at will now.



Well don't go to Will. Big Grin


Hey now....
 
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Ok got me there LOL
 
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The eBay GSP is a particular thorn in my wallet. I questioned eBay why two cards from the same seller had different postage rates - same size, weight and address - and they obviously didn't read my question because the answer was that it depended where the goods were being sent from. It also irks me that some sellers apologise for the system knowing it costs more, but can't be bothered to uncheck the box and use USPS instead. Customs duty and value added tax in the UK is calculated on not only the cost of goods, but the cost of postage as well. Everything from the USA is liable for these charges with a value of $18 or more. Not every item gets charged, so it's a bit of a lottery, but with eBay taking the charge at source plus a fee for doing so, a buyer stands no chance.


I recently came across a variant card I did not know of. It was on eBay with the seller showing a high price plus $4 USPS First Class Mail International / First Class Package International Service to the UK. Fortunately for me I already had the variant without realising it, in fact when I looked I have two. As I did not have the common version I did an eBay search and found that the same seller also had the common card listed at $1 but shipping was now $19.50 International Priority Shipping to United Kingdom via the Global Shipping Program.

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