Another day and here’s me banging on (again) about the Global Postage Programme (GPP) that eBay set up recently to streamline the process for the purchasing of items from US sellers for international buyers!
If you haven’t read the previous posts then you can do so by clicking any of the links below, all of which are in chronological order of when they were published…
With me so far..? Cool!!
Well I’ve already purchased my first item through the GPP and it’s been delivered safe and sound to my door (or, to my place of work but let’s not split hairs)!
I got hold of a retail box of 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball for $40.00 from pittsburghsportscards and here’s how it all played out…
26th October 2012 – Paid for the cards through PayPal
The transaction is broken down as follows:
1. The final cost of the item
2. The postage that the seller charges to ship to the destination in the US
3. The extra amount that is paid by PayPal directly to Pitney Bowes to cover the cost of the import tax, postage and whatever admin charge they impose
29th October 2012 – The seller dispatches the cards to the US location
Date Unknown – The package is dispatched to the UK
These delivery notes were attached to the back of the package…
Date Unknown – The package arrives in the UK
A sticker is applied to the original address label with the forwarding address information on. This appears to have been sent from a location in South Derbyshire which I assume is where the package was shipped to from the US
8th November 2012 – The package is delivered to me!!
So in total that’s 14 days (or 10 business days) from when I paid for the cards to when they were delivered, which I’m pretty happy about!!
And the best thing?? No hidden charges! Everything was done up front without the worry of the extra charges from the Royal Mail or anything else that UK Customs might want to add!
All in all I’d say my first experience with the GPP gets a huge ‘thumbs up’!!
Difficult to say at this stage whether it’s going to be a resounding money-saving success for UK buyers but it’s a promising start.
If, as reported, eBay are to make this mandatory for all US sellers who wish to ship internationally then we’ll see how things develop from there. Hopefully we’ll see more and more sellers jump on board, widening their own customer base and at the same time widening the range of options available to us buyers!
For sports card collectors in the UK and Europe this could finally be the breakthrough we were after in our ongoing quest to get boxes of cards at more competitive prices!!