Several days ago I posted a piece on a new scheme set up by eBay called the Global Postage Programme (GPP), designed to enhance the buying/selling experience for non-US buyers obtaining items from the US. If you wanted a read just click on this link.
This post gained a small amount of interest from this blog’s small readership, helped in greater part by Brent Williams who got the piece out to a wider audience through the wonders of Twitter. Brent has been trading sports cards on eBay for over 11 years and you can visit his eBay store brentandbecca’s 5-star sportscards or follow him on Twitter @brentandbecca
Anyways, since writing the original post I’ve found out a little bit more about the programme, details of which I’ve posted here and there, but I figured that it might not be a bad idea to collect it all together in one place.
The good thing about this programme for sellers in the US is that their main obligation is to just make sure that the item purchased from an overseas buyer as part of the GPP is delivered to the relevant address in the US, and Pitney Bowes (who eBay uses) then have the responsibility to ensure that the item reaches it’s international destination.
However, the best thing is that eBay sellers are still covered by PayPal’s Seller Protection Program.
For full details eBay sellers in the US can click on the link below and this will give you details on how to opt in and add the GPP as part of your auctions…
From what I can gather, the GPP will works on a Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) basis where the onus is placed on Pitney Bowes for all international shipping obligations which includes bearing all the risks and costs (including duties and taxes).
This is FedEx’s explanation of how this whole system works –
You can also click here for information directly from the Pitney Bowes website.
I hope that this is of further help to you sellers in the US! The more of you guys that get on board with the GPP as part of your listings will go a long way to helping us guys in the rest of the world (or at least the countries covered by the GPP anyway) in getting items, such as boxes of sports cards, sent over at much more reasonable prices, without the worry of loads of hidden tax and admin charges upon delivery!!
I’ve just purchased my first box of cards through this programme (2012 Topps Heritage Retail, in case you were wondering), and I’ll give you a breakdown of the whole experience when the box arrives with me in the UK!!
Thanks for your time!!