|Forum topic by poopiekat||posted 11-30-2013 03:44 PM||1501 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
11-30-2013 03:44 PM
I’ve mentioned this in a past thread, but with Christmas coming, it bears repeating.
International transactions on eBay are now subject to a ridiculous surcharge, which you are not informed of until after the deal is paid for.
In other words, if you live in the USA, and purchase an item in Canada, you are now subject to a ridiculous surcharge from a third party. You are not even notified of this sneaky charge until your transaction is completed.
This third party is Pitney Bowes. I see that on my recent purchase of a vintage woodworking tool, with purchase price and shipping of about $20.00, according to my Paypal account, I was dinged for an additional $16 in a separate billing, for bogus ‘Freight forwarding and Customs broker’s fees”.
By habit, when I shop eBay, as a resident of Canada I click on the ‘Canada Only’ filter. This way, I was reassured that I would not see listings by people who do not ship to Canada. I can’t even do that any more, these listings get through anyway.
Now, whether a US seller wants to ship to Canada or not, his or her listings are viewable to a Canadian resident.
I should say, not all sellers have knuckled under to this bogus freight forwarding program, but more and more are signing up for it, and I wonder what kind of ‘incentive’ there is for falling in step with such a program. In this present case I’m dealing with, the seller had no idea what had happened to his listing, which had been “modified” to increase the chances of a billable international sale. He prefers to ship only within the US, but his listing indicated otherwise. Heads up for you eBay sellers, too. your listings may be getting ‘tweaked’ too.
In the past, I would make international purchases only with the understanding that the item would be shipped by the US Postal Service, then handed over to Canada Post where there was never an extra fee for Customs involved. UPS would always arrive at the door with their hand out. Fed-Ex would send a bill to your house, a week after the fact!! Canada Post never asked for additional fees. Nothing I buy now will be delivered by Canada Post, unless the shipper sends it from within Canada. All international freight gets diverted to a central terminal and shipped to your home at their choice of a carrier. Now, there is no way to avoid third party fees anymore.
Let it be known, your international eBay purchase will cost you more than you anticipated, because of the additional fees tacked on that you will not be informed of until AFTER the deal is done.
Those who avoid eBay, you’ve got one more reason not to start.
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