Now, just to add to it. On ebay I always just select the global shipping program. In my listing it says I ship via the global shipping programs. Regardless, when an auction is won, the people who win outside of the US complain that I use the global shipping program. Shipping costs are crazy now but gone are the days when you could trust anyone.
I was hoping to grab some blaster boxes of the new Stranger Things set via EbayUK. The items were a fair price £30 for 2 boxes. But shipping is £20+ not including any added import charges (Especially if via courier!) which doubles the price. Suddenly not such a 'bargain' anymore. Shame for UK collectors as the import rises is why my local comic stores don't stock anything except CCGs like Pokemon and Magic The Gathering.
Posts: 937 | Location: UK | Registered: December 21, 2005
It's a shame for sellers too, although there are some that are convinced that sellers are denying them sales just for the sadistic fun of it, a lot of us have lost a ton of business to the U.K. and Canada over the lat 8 years due to insane postage costs and VATs.
US postal rates have increased yet again as of today,the first of 2 price increases this year. Domestic rates for parcels have gone up as much as 15% and the new zone and DIM weight systems designed to increase prices regardless of weight. I haven't sent anything to the UK under the new price structure but its gone up past $14 for anything in a 6x9 padded envelope.
But go on and keep thinking it's collusion by U.S. sellers to deny UK collectors of cards.
you beat me too it i have put up a post on the News and Rumours page i should think that the new charges will be across the board world wide and as I say how long will it take E bay to capatilise on this with new expensive and complicated shipping systems I now expect other countries postal systems to follow suit New Zealand have recently raised theirs look out UK
Posts: 521 | Location: New Zealand | Registered: November 22, 2016
Originally posted by Spencer Quist: Yet oddly, I can order a full size rolled 40 x 30 poster from the States to the UK. Charge? A straight up $10!
Seller is probably using FedEx International Mail, but that is a contract service only available to sellers who ship 50+ international items a week. Smaller sellers are still stuck using regular mail almost 3x the rates of Fedex Int Mail.
"The US Postal Service is drowning in red ink. As Eric Boehm notes at Reason, USPS lost more than $2 billion during the second quarter of the fiscal year, putting it on track to finish the current year more than $7 billion in the red - way worse than the nearly $4 billion in losses it posted last year. That landmark deficit prompted Postmaster General Megan Brennan to warn that the agency "cannot generate revenue or cut enough costs to pay our bills". and that losses were bound to accelerate. Brennan's grim predictions have panned out. This, even though the agency has jacked up the price of stamps and other postal services since Jan. 1. Those hikes have generated more cash, but "expenses have been outpacing revenues by a wide margin."
So that's the state of the US Postal Service today, more cost, less service, still going under.
Posts: 8116 | Location: New York | Registered: November 20, 2007
The post office routinely sends packages to sorting hubs 300+ miles away. I ordered something from the same city, 10 miles north of me. It took 9 days and went to Los Angeles and Portland before returning to the Phoenix area. Just think of the waste in gas to haul that item over 1000 miles. This is the way the post office works. Plus paying the 80% pensions to employees who retire in their 50s and pre-fund health insurance FOR EMPLOYEES THAT ARENT BORN YET. (75 years worth)
Rates will continue to rise 2 times a year until UPS and Fedex are cheaper and faster alternatives in all cases.
There is no doubt USPS is expensive compared to Royal Mail. I did a single card trade recently where I was able to ship my card tracked, signed for, and insured up to £50 ($65 ) to USA for £8.65 ($10) and the cost to send basic air mail without any tracking, signature, or insurance for my trading partner in USA was $15 .
Posts: 2469 | Location: Sutton Coldfield England | Registered: August 09, 2002