BannerFans.com

Author Topic: Postage rant...  (Read 2206 times)

Offline Dr. Davis

  • PLANKOWNER
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • ****
  • Join Date: Mar 2014
  • Posts: 962
  • Total likes: 130
  • Referrals: 0
      • Dr. Davis
Postage rant...
« on: May 20, 2016, 11:20:47 AM »
Prices are rising everywhere, but I'm still wondering why some people want so much postage to send a patch or a pin form the States
to somebody like me living in Germany, or others living in Europe or elsewhere.
An example a 1st Infantry Division patch, this guy wants $2.29 postage to Germany, perfect.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-US-MILITARY-PATCH-ARMY-1ST-INFANTRY-DIVISION-COLORED-NEW-OLD-STOCK-/221117397218?hash=item337b9fb8e2:m:mp8Cbtbfg7lazgKZ398TVbA
And this guy $40.95.  >:(
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1st-Infantry-Division-Patch-Approx-3-5-/111378423447?hash=item19eeabde97:g:K7cAAOSwVZNTl49G
Anybody else feel the same way?
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
Mickey Mantle

Offline Tom E. Gunn

  • FORUM EXECUTIVE MANAGER
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2014
  • Posts: 6,311
  • Total likes: 915
  • Referrals: 5
Re: Postage rant...
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2016, 11:27:08 AM »
Yup...you betcha Pat! Some of the current transAtlantic shipping rates are absolutely ludicrous! I too have encountered a $15 shipping rate for a $5 patch. To be honest, I've bought very little from across the pond via eBay of late because of this. On the other hand, friends and/or contacts in the US somehow manage to ship stuff at much more realistic rates. Go figure!

Ian
"He who dares, wins!"

Offline ccfc

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • ***
  • Join Date: May 2016
  • Posts: 183
  • Total likes: 59
  • Referrals: 1
Re: Postage rant...
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 02:14:30 PM »
Agreed

I was going to buy a pilot wing last week and the dealer wanted $100 for the wing and $50 to ship US > UK

Ebay though does the global shipping programme but I don't quite understand how it works. Some of the prices are reasonable and some way over the top.

Lee

Offline Dr. Davis

  • PLANKOWNER
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • ****
  • Join Date: Mar 2014
  • Posts: 962
  • Total likes: 130
  • Referrals: 0
      • Dr. Davis
Re: Postage rant...
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2016, 09:19:07 PM »
Forgot to mention, when there was an item I was really interested in, but postage way too high, I'd write the seller and ask politely is there something we can do about the postage? Some act as if I want something for free, and others say they "only" go by eBays Global shipping program.
 I don't write them anymore, and I see alot of goodies disappearing right in front of my face, because I won't pay that postage, like Ian said, on the average around $15. :'(
I spend more time in German eBay, but they don't even come close to US eBay.
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
Mickey Mantle

Offline Tom E. Gunn

  • FORUM EXECUTIVE MANAGER
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2014
  • Posts: 6,311
  • Total likes: 915
  • Referrals: 5
Re: Postage rant...
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2016, 01:31:28 AM »
The problem we Brits face is VAT @ 20% being applied at source by HMRC (our Customs people) on goods shipped from the US valued at over 15 / $20, inclusive of the postage...plus the Royal Mail applies an 8 / $12 "handling charge"...all this is payable up-front before delivery! So, if the item is valued at 50 / $72 and the shipping is $40 / 28, we'd have to pay 20% of 78 / $112...plus the handling charge...so there's no incentive to buy an item when the shipping can and sometimes does exceed its value! There are certain exemptions which require the necessary paperwork to be submitted, but this relies upon the cooperation of the shipper. I know I and several other British members here have been "clobbered" by HMRC...more than once!!  :o
« Last Edit: May 21, 2016, 03:03:33 AM by Tom E. Gunn »
"He who dares, wins!"

 

BannerFans.com