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Thread: could someone explain eBay's Global Shipping program please

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    I must admit many times i've seen "High" charges on sellers listings that use the GSP, Not sure whats going on there, Whether it's Ebah or the seller has set it up wrong ??, I stear clear of those, You certainly got to do your homework before hitting the Buy button, But sometimes it can work out a cheaper option going via the GSP as i recently found out, I suppose it differs somewhat between countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Ok, those. I try to avoid them because that's a scam. That's the one I recently fell for, again. (sigh) The "import fees" are under the guise of paying duty, but in Canada there is no duty on electronics from USA, and it costs them nothing to get it past the border*. It is in fact just a way of getting both the shipper and the receiver to pay for the shipping. I would recommend that others don't buy from vendors using the GSP because otherwise this sort of thing isn't going to stop.

    * In fact DHL couriers advertises that they don't charge any fees for importing because they claim it doesn't actually cost them anything.
    Note sure how it can be a scam, unless E-Bay are profiting. When you buy using the global shipping program part of the fees for shipping go to E-bay. It should say:-

    "Shipping: $xx.xx International Priority Shipping to United Kingdom via the Global Shipping Program"

    I bought a Microchannel XGA video card (which it turns out I don't need but these things happen) for $95.00 + Postage The import charges were an extra $24.82. As its an item from a trader outside the EU there should VAt of 20% which would be $19.00 so $6.00 surcharge. (actually I think the charged VAT on P&P which is wrong) Trouble is if I had had it shipped outside GSP there would have been a $15.00 charge from the UK Royal Mail. It alls sounds ok(ish) to me....
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    also, the seller does not get the money for the international shipping.

    For example, i charge USPS flat rate shipping. IF it goes international, I get a modified address. Usually going to some warehouse in Kentucky. I still get the money to ship the package, but only to the warehouse. I can understand if some things get repacked wrong. Kentucky is not known for intellectuals or family trees that have branches. But thats beside the point.

    for large items, id look at the US site. Sometimes sellers use calculated shipping, and that calculator can sometimes be stupid. When in doubt, ask the seller about shipping.
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    The GSP uses a fixed formula to predict import fees, and it does not take exceptions into account. That would not be a problem had they just refunded the difference, but that's not the case.

    But if the item actually has import fees, then the prediction is usually pretty close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by per View Post
    The GSP uses a fixed formula to predict import fees, and it does not take exceptions into account. That would not be a problem had they just refunded the difference, but that's not the case.

    But if the item actually has import fees, then the prediction is usually pretty close.
    Yes, no doubt the calculation of import fees is simple since it's just a lookup. For example, to Canada we have a whopping 18% on textiles, and 0% on electronics. I've only seen it when the "import fees" are an additional charge for shipping which the buyer has to pay, quite separately from the shipping charge paid on Ebay. That's why I'm using the rather strong term of "scam". It is simply an additional charge for something for which they've already been paid. I certainly agree that the GSP may be just fine if the buyer can avoid that double charge.
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