02/07/2020 at 12:03 am #73754Rydell RelicsParticipant
I just read this eBay announcement. Sounds like it’s somewhere between GSP and regular international shipping. Thoughts? I’m leaning towards trying it out, as I’ve seen an uptick in my international sales, especially once I stopped using GSP. And yes, I am still alive and kicking! I’ve missed this forum!
Beginning in February, eBay international standard delivery will be available to all sellers. This new program supports shipments to over 210 countries, offers better tracking visibility and includes late delivery protections for standards, service metrics, and feedback.
If you ship to international buyers directly (not using eBay’s Global Shipping Program), you can select the eBay international standard delivery option as an economical choice to deliver your product. eBay international standard delivery is a Delivered Duties Unpaid (DDU) shipping solution—buyers won’t pay duties and tax at checkout on eBay, but may have to pay the carrier for duties and tax on delivery.
It’s easy for sellers to save an average of 9% using eBay international standard delivery, as there is no change to the current process.
This new option is available in the listing flow, under Shipping Details. You have the option of selecting Calculated or Flat international shipping cost listings. For either of these options, select “eBay international standard delivery” shipping service from the drop down menu.
After your item sells, select the “eBay international standard delivery” option when you print a shipping label with eBay Labels for buyers in destinations outside of the US. Drop off your package at any US post office or schedule a pick up. Tracking will be automatically uploaded on eBay and tracked to its final destination.
Each purchase of the eBay international standard delivery service includes a shipping protection plan to help in case of lost or damaged items. eBay will also protect you by removing negative and neutral feedback and defects when things happen that are outside your control (like late deliveries due to weather or carrier delays.)0
02/07/2020 at 3:30 am #73755Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.0
02/07/2020 at 6:41 am #73757
Hollywood Paul! What’s life been like? Its been a while.1+
02/12/2020 at 11:45 pm #73932Rydell RelicsParticipant
Jay! It’s been a roller coaster the last year and a half, but things are really good right now, thanks. I left the barbershop last summer to get back to eBay full time, then went back once a week, then left again. I even applied at Trader Joe’s (they wanted full time people, not part timers with an eBay business). But everything was pointing towards me doing my own thing, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been able to streamline things a bit, put more structure in my weeks, and schedule uninterrupted blocks of time to just list list list. I also found a local auction house and have been pretty active there. It’s every other week, which is a great balance to the estate sales. I’ve bought some great box lots (and some mid century modern pieces for myself), and I’ve also consigned a few things. Not big bucks, but it’s a great way to get rid of boxes of things I can’t use or big items I don’t want to ship. Plus it’s really fun.
My girlfriend and I are hopefully going to move in together this summer, and it’s going to be a big boost for my business. She has lots of room, so my storage area will quadruple; right now my space is pretty small. I’m super excited about it!
I still listen to your podcast, and I hope to get back to posting my numbers on the regular very soon. I’m so excited about you and Ryanne’s business adventures! Inspiring, to say the least. And my Hollywood Paul coffee mug sits proudly on my desk. I still give you two the credit for really opening my eyes to the possibilities of this business. I am eternally grateful.
02/13/2020 at 7:18 am #73933
Glad to hear things are going well. It’s all about change. Say hi to the girlfriend for us.0
02/07/2020 at 11:32 am #73760craig rexParticipant
- Location: south jersey
The important point to note about this program is right here:
eBay international standard delivery is a Delivered Duties Unpaid (DDU) shipping solution—buyers won’t pay duties and tax at checkout on eBay, but may have to pay the carrier for duties and tax on delivery.
At least with GSP the cost to the buyer is clear and obvious at checkout. With this, it doesn’t seem as clear. In addition, the cost savings on 0-4 pounds is minimal at best compared to first-class international or even priority flat rate.
This program isn’t for me, but I like that eBay is trying to offer different and more economical options for international shipping.0
02/07/2020 at 12:22 pm #73763Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
I’ve got some magazines listed at 3.50 GBP each with free P&P. The GSP charge to Australia is £21.58, including £4.90 import charges. That’s on top of the £3.50, so the total is £25.08.
I seem to remember a time when printed paper didn’t attract duty, but maybe I’m misremembering.
Explains why the second-hand bookshops in Perth WA are so expensive!0
02/07/2020 at 9:25 pm #73768MarganaParticipant
According to the Seller Center page on International Standard Delivery, it uses dimensional weight: “Dimensional weight is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of each package in inches and dividing the total by 166; ((L*W*H/166)).” This is like Priority Mail, except that with Priority Mail dimensional weight only applies for packages above 1 cubic foot. For the new International Standard Delivery, no such minimum is mentioned.
This leads to several potential problems —
1. If your dimensions aren’t set accurately for small lightweight items, the shipping price charged to the customer could be way off. A 10x10x10″ box would be charged at the 7 pound rate.
2. For multiple-item orders, eBay doesn’t seem smart enough to combine dimensions. When I sell four of a 9x6x4″ item, and go to print a label, the default dimensions are just 9x6x4″. This could lead to customers being charged less than the items cost to ship.
3. If eBay ever did learn to combine dimensions, it would have to combine the box dimensions because that’s all it has, so it would come up with something like 9x12x8″. That’s probably going to be much too large and could result in a substantial shipping overcharge.
BUT WAIT. I went to the “print your shipping label” page for an international order, and actually dimensional weight isn’t being applied at all. It wants to charge me the same $13 even for packages over 1 cubic foot. So is it supposed to be using dimensional weight and the software is bad, or not and the documentation is bad? Maybe it’s supposed to only be for packages over a cubic foot, and both are bad.
This could potentially be a decent service, since it’s cheaper than First Class and includes free insurance, but I’ll wait for clarity on this issue first.0
02/08/2020 at 6:43 am #73771
Interesting. If people start using this, let us know if the number makes sense in real world scenarios.0
02/08/2020 at 11:28 am #73778TemudginParticipant
- Location: Washington DC
I ship international direct so I already am on DDU shipping terms so that doesn’t matter to me. But I’m curious as to what the customs label shows for shipping service. Perhaps the service is actually First Class International (“Post Expres”) and that it’s just a discount pricing gimmick, like cubic shipping is for Priority Mail domestic?
Maybe if someone on the forum is using it they could upload a jpg of one of the labels for us to see.0
02/18/2020 at 10:08 am #74094IndySalesParticipant
Despite using calculated shipping for USPS Priority International, eBay undercharged my buyer. Now eBay International Standard Delivery is the cheapest option. Dimensions are 24x16x8 @ 10lbs 9oz, making it a flat $59 to Ontario, CANADA.
Shipping label is the same as those odd-shaped FedEx labels (the rectangle) that no printer can figure out. eBay likes their color logo, so make sure you set your printer to black & white only.
Package is going to Kentucky, just like with GSP. And unlike USPS Priority, there’s insurance up to $100 and supposedly tracking.
Will see how this turns out.1+
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