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Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes Blog
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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Mar 19 2012 22:10:45

USPS Smooths Way for eBay China Imports

By: Ina Steiner
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While Julia Wilkinson blogged today about the challenges U.S. sellers face with regard to international shipping, the United States Postal Service continues to make it easier for foreign sellers to ship items into the U.S.

An EcommerceBytes reader who ordered an item on eBay.com sent me a photo of the package he received today. The package comes from a Chinese seller taking advantage of a service called "ePacket," the result of a 2010 trilateral agreement between the USPS, China Post and eBay Greater China.


eBay sellers in China sent 30,000 parcels a day using ePacket last year. Sellers can track their shipments with electronic notifications; upon arrival in the U.S., the shipments are processed as domestic First-Class Mail with a one to three-day delivery standard.

eBay has more plans to make it easier for cross border sellers. In a talk given earlier this month, President of Global eBay Marketplaces Devin Wenig said eBay had plans for a global shipping solution in which sellers could sell to anyone in the world, but ship to a local address.

"This year we are launching global returns. This year we're going to have a global shipping solution which is going to make it significantly easier for people in 39 countries, including the United States, to reach counter parties across the world," Wenig said - this will be a "big year" for eBay when it comes to shipping, fulfillment, returns and buyer protection.

While sellers of commodity goods might find such a service appealing, I've heard from many sellers who have problems with services that provide international buyers with a U.S. address and arrange shipping from their U.S. warehouse to the buyers' location overseas. While eBay sellers can block buyers from other countries, they can't (easily) block orders from forwarding services, and sellers who don't want to ship to international customers may not have a choice if eBay helps masks the true destination of those orders.

We'll be covering tomorrow's preview of a new online shipping product that the USPS will launch in April - no details available yet, but it would be nice if it helped solve the challenges Julia outlined in her blog post.




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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles
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Mon Mar 19 22:33:41 2012
I saw one of that package from China. I don't have any problem that people buy from International sellers. The thing I don't like is the attitude of the USPS to let the Chinese mail go with some of the benefits like Delivery Confirmation so easy.

Meanwhile the USPS can't made similar deals with ''Allies'' countries like Canada and UK. So any send from the US by 1rst Class received tracking.  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless
       
Mon Mar 19 23:04:54 2012
Devil Wenig's unified shipping center for outgoing sales would, of course, be a direct violation of the PreyPal policy which invalidates Seller Protection (and what doesn't?) if the addressee "redirects" the parcel.

Maybe Wenig would be better served by keeping his mouth shut a few more months until he learns and understands the full breadth of business killing policies and practices his predecessors created.
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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.
       
Mon Mar 19 23:23:10 2012
So let me get this right ... when a seller currently sells overseas and gets hit with a Paypal or eBay INR since theres no delivery confirmation on FCM or Priority mail ... thats ok - since ''buyer expectations'' are that they should get free goods courtacy of eBay.

But now with the new fangled service - eBay - whos getting a cut of the shipping costs (duh) - can have things get here from China and there wont be any INR?

Is this another one way trick from eBay to steal sellers funds?

Are Chinese sellers going to offer a money back 14 day policy? Are they going to have to pay for the return shipping labels?

Theres too many holes in this story ... but the bottom line is - small to mid size sellers get the shaft once again, Chinese Mega sellers get to do as they please, and eBay gets richer.

No wonder people are leaving eBay!
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by: BetterThingsToDo This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Mar 20 11:07:52 2012
The last thing I bought was a computer from a seller in China.

Best customer service I have ever seen. Bought it on a Saturday and had it in my hands on a Wednesday via UPS express.

I've bought stuff from Ebay and when it takes 3 days to get the item from the other side of the state via priority mail there is something wrong with out system.
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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Mar 20 11:10:29 2012
So this direct line from china to the USA bypasses all product safety laws, copyright, patent laws, and import duties and is now using subsidized shipping ?
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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Mar 20 15:22:58 2012
So what's new?  Ebay kicking around some sellers and paving the way for other sellers (in this instance the chinese)???  Nothing new here!
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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Tue Mar 20 20:07:47 2012
>>>So this direct line from china to the USA bypasses all product safety laws, copyright, patent laws, and import duties and is now using subsidized shipping ?

And do we get the same deal when we export to China?  
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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Tue Mar 20 21:50:59 2012
>>>Devin Wenig said eBay had plans for a global shipping solution in which sellers could sell to anyone in the world, but ship to a local address.

A mail forwarding service.  There's a bunch of them.  I wonder which one eBay has gotten in bed with.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless
       
Wed Mar 21 01:43:40 2012
Once again, according to PreyPal policy, shipping to mail forwarding services invalidates the seller protection policy if the actual buyer files an INR.

Devin Wenig sounds like a character from Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible."

This is the kind of disorganized management culture that's simply incapable of well integrated policies and instead relies on authoritarian paternalistic dictator style management styles with which to make typically counterproductive policies.

Never forget where Wenig comes from: the bankster sector.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie
       
Wed Mar 21 18:30:51 2012
@ ming

And this is just another example of how the rules for claims on Ebay are different than those in PP.

In Ebay, if the seller ships to the address stated in Ebay OR on the PP payment and the buyer then has it forwarded to another address and/or country, then they are not suppose to be allowed to open a claim in Ebay.

This is directly from the Buyer Protection policy on Ebay under exclusions.

Items shipped to another location after they had been received at the buyer’s address specified in the eBay Order details page or PayPal Transaction Details page.

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by: expertbenefits This user has validated their user name.
       
Thu Mar 22 11:22:28 2012
I am confused by this. Would the address for Paypal show as the US address or international address? I have international customers with verified US addresses as well as international addresses, could this be what they mean? Otherwise the picture is unclear. Also what about streamlining EXPORTS out of the USA  to international countries and tracking inside international borders for Priority Mail etc? Is there a reciprocal agreement with China? Prices in China are getting higher and there is a large consumer class there (with billions   any middle/upper class would be beneficial or is eBay just thinking electronics again and forgetting that people do shop for other things online? I agree that the detail is sketchy so do not understand its real impact on sellers yet.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie
       
Thu Mar 22 12:10:08 2012
@expertbenefits

When anyone creates a PP payment, you have the option to select or create a different ship to address.  Your ship to address does NOT have to match your main address for the account.  You can have multiple ship to addresses.

So an international buyer can have a US ship to address.

Ebay and the US postal service are working closely with sellers from China to reduce their shipping costs so they can sell more in the USA.  I don't know if they are giving them better shipping rates than we as US sellers and citizens can get.  I have no information on the exact rates they are being charged.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
       
Thu Mar 22 20:25:22 2012
"Ebay and the US postal service are working closely with sellers from China to reduce their shipping costs so they can sell more in the USA."

Isn't that nice ...
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by: Digmen1 This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Mar 23 01:17:09 2012
I wonder what the postage costs are from China to the USA ?
I wonder if they are the same both ways ?
Any bets ?


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