Alright, so for those who have been buying or selling on eBay will probably know what the “Global Shipping Program” is all about. For those who have never heard of this new program please look below which has been taken off of eBay’s site:
“The Global Shipping Program simplifies selling an item to an international buyer. All eligible listings for sellers who qualify are automatically included in the Global Shipping Program. Here’s how it works:
-List your item.
-Your item sells to an international buyer in an eligible country.
-You ship the item to a US shipping center.
-International shipping experts manage the international shipping and customs process and send the item to the buyer.” – ebay.com
For video game collectors, eBay is the go-to site for all rare and interesting items. If there’s that hard-to-find item, I bet you’ll be able to find it on ebay with the right amount of patience and dedication. Ebay’s “saved searches” tool definitely helps you find what you want instead of scrolling through their auctions daily. I’ve been able to find everything I ever wanted on eBay (with the exception of maybe 2-3 items). Hardcore collectors obviously utilize yahoo.jp, but most of the items on yahoo find it’s way on eBay sites. With that said, particularly for me since I’m in Canada, and I assume the same goes for every other country abroad, ebay.com is THE site to check. 90% of my collectibles come from ebay.com, from US sellers. So what does the eBay Global Shipping Program do for international collectors? Let me explain:
On the side of the US Seller, this program is like a dream come true. You create an auction, sell your item globally and reap the benefits. Someone from Canada, or overseas wins the item, all the US seller has to do is ship their package to a US shipping center and the rest is history, while that shipping center does the dirty work. Now lets see the side of the buyer (Canadians, Mexicans, South Americans, Europeans, etc…). On top of the high shipping cost we also have to pay import charges upfront. So that means we pay eBay who then gives a cut to Pitney Bowes since they handle the courier service. Why does this suck? Because of this example below:
Now what’s the point of this? Why should US sellers care? Well, what eBay and Pitney Bowes fail to understand is that the video game collectors don’t dish out money like it was nothing. We calculate every penny, we make sure we get a good deal, and we try to save as much as we can. I don’t speak for all gamers as there are some well-to-do collectors out there, but I believe I speak for most. So because I have to pay an extra $24.70 for nothing when I know I wouldn’t be paying that at the door, I simply passed on this auction. So instead of the US seller seeing my participation in raising the bid, I turned and looked the other way. This means less profit margin for the seller of the Mario phone, and less international sales on eBay.com in general. You do not know how many times I had to email a US seller asking him/her to opt-out of this ridiculous program. On one side is does make life a little easier for US sellers, but on the other side there’s a loss of business due to many international collectors simply not bidding on an item, especially when the item is $9.99 US and we have to pay $19.04 US on duty tax as in the scenario mentioned above. The program totally stinks for everyone that doesn’t live in the US. I could just image someone in France or Spain who on top of it all have to pay higher shipping costs + duty taxes. If you’re an eBay US seller and want to have more sales, I guarantee you that you will have more by not participating in the Global Shipping Program. The only downfall is that it will take you 2 more minutes to fill out a customs form lol. CRAZY!!!!!!!!!