|Tue Feb 11 2014 09:10:52|
eBay GSP Doesn't Factor in Special International Handling
Over the last 2 weeks I have had 2 GSP sales on eBay. The first one went off without a hitch. however the 2nd one has raised an issue about Int'l shipping.
I sold a glass bowl to France. I didn't think I had that listed as a GSP item but it fell thru the cracks. Anyway, I ship to my son's post in Italy and always end up double boxing fragile items. That is fine for personal but now here is the kicker:
The packing requirements for international shipping are much stricter. If I was shipping this bowl to the continental US, it would be in a 12x12x12 200lb test box. I have shipped many fragile items and have never had an issue.
This same item going international should be in a 16x16x10 box.
There is only one area for packaging info so my dilemma is:
If I use the basic req's to ship something within the US, it does not cover any additional packing for international shipping and the international buyer may end up with additional fees upon arrival because the item needed extra protection. Pitney would not be able to figure that cost since they are basing shipping on my US packaging.
Two, if I use the requirements for international shipping for my standard shipping dimensions, then my US buyers overpay shipping, again based in international packaging.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
I think eBay needs to add packing info for the GSP program separate from US shipping.