eBay Send is a new shipping option eBay is making available to US sellers for their international orders. Currently eBay is allowing only certain sellers to use the service.
eBay will launch the service in January 2020, when all sellers will be able to include eBay Send in their listings as an option for buyers. eBay describes the program on this page of its website
"eBay Send is a convenient alternative and cost-competitive to the leading international shipping services for small packages supporting over 200 countries and territories around the globe.
"Starting in January, this new option will be 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 Send International Standard" shipping service from the drop down menu.
"After your item sells, select the "eBay Send International Standard" option when you print a shipping label with eBay Labels for buyers in destinations outside the US. Drop off your package at any US post office or schedule a pickup."
You can also find a rate card and terms on the eBay site.
The program is quite different from eBay's existing Global Shipping Program, powered by Pitney Bowes, as explained by eBay:
- eBay Send International Standard is a Delivered Duties Unpaid (DDU) shipping service. This means buyers won't pay duties and tax at checkout on eBay but may have to pay the carrier for duties and tax on delivery.
- The Global Shipping Program (GSP) is a Delivery Duties Paid (DDP) shipping program. Buyers pay duties and tax during checkout on eBay, and will not pay additional fees upon delivery. Additionally, GSP manages export compliance.
Another major difference: "While eBay has worked with shipping carriers to create the eBay Send International Standard shipping service, you're still responsible for getting the order to the buyer in good shape."
eBay listed the following eligibility requirements:
- The item is physically located in the US
- You're listing the item on eBay.com
- The total order value is less than $5000
- The item does not exceed the weight limit for the country you're sending to
- The max length and girth of the package is 84"
One significant drawback of the program: "You cannot combine multiple orders into one shipment to the consolidation center. Each order purchased with eBay Send International Standard needs to be packaged and sent separately."
The services powering eBay Send appear to be DHL and Easyship. Check it out on the eBay website and let us know what you think.