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Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

One of us mentioned on a sales board that ebay charges much more than Royal Mail for postage.

As a seller I can't see what ebay charges, could you tell me what they are charging for wherever you live, to give me an idea please.

I promise this sin't a cheeky way to get bids – I genuinely want to know what ebay is charging you lot for postage.

Thomas O01 Aug 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

It said 14.51 pounds to the U.S.

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 1:36 p.m. PST


Personal logo DuckanCover Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

Fourteen Pounds and eighty-three Pence to Australia (Sydney).


Grunt1861 Inactive Member01 Aug 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

Same as Thomas O, 14.51 GBP, ($19.17 USD) to California, US. would you mind returning the favor? Reason why is I usually spend the extra fee for UK advertisement. Alas, I've never received so much as a bid from the UK. However, other EU countries have purchased my stuff.


Khusrau Inactive Member01 Aug 2017 4:14 p.m. PST

To be honest I used to buy stuff from the US, nowadays I don't even bother looking.

The postal charges are so astronomically high that unless I was buying a single figure for $500 USD, it is never worth it. It's a shame, especially as some of the ranges I have used in the past are now simply unobtainable outside the US except at exorbitant prices.

Way to go UPS etc.. kill the small enterprises with postal charges. Scale Creep alone would have lost a few hundred in sales, through no fault of their own, as have Sergeant Major and Rebel Minis.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 8:02 p.m. PST

@Grunt1861 I looked at the auction. US$40 for the figures, and another US$30.35 for shipping to Thailand and US$32.25 to the UK.

AS Khusrau says. It's obvious why you're getting no foriegn bidders.

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 9:22 p.m. PST

I think that pricing is due to EBAY international shipping…which EBAY keeps a percentage of.

I have regular sellers taht I buy from and postage for a dozen or so figures is normally 3-5 GBP shipped from the UK to the US.

Lately I have contacted sellers in the UK and asked if they would ship at a lower cost than EBAY international and all of them have though we have had to be a bit creative to get around their charges.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 1:58 a.m. PST

The problem may be one of risk.

The higher prices are for fully insured and tracked services. If you, as buyer, are prepared to take the risk of non delivery then a cheaper option is available.

The problem for sellers is that, even if an agreement is reached with the buyer that they take responsibility in the case of non-delivery, would they stick to it ? E-bay/PayPal would probably still let them claim !!!

GonerGonerGoner02 Aug 2017 2:38 a.m. PST

Ebay's global shipping programme adds profits for ebay and their carriers. Makes it utterly useless for UK buyers as it's double UPS rates and almost guarantees a detailed seller ratings hit as well.

I don't even bother with US auctions and I've adjusted my searches since they started spamming UK searches with anything under GSP as well. If you're paying for the extra visibility you are wasting your time as the shipping charged by ebay GSP is utterly prohibitive. Also it guarantees a customs charge and the £8.00 GBP collection fee.

If you as a seller send anything uninsured even with the agreement of the buyer then ebay and paypal will still side with the buyer if anything goes wrong.

Chuckaroobob02 Aug 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

Just sent two boxes:

NC to MI, 4lbs 8 onces: $4.60 USD

NC to Montreal, Canada, 6lbs 6 onces: $52.00 USD.

I'm probably going to stop shipping international. Just not worth it.

The Beast Rampant02 Aug 2017 11:13 a.m. PST

How much is that lot supposed to weigh, anyway?

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

Hello Grunt:

$32.25 USD USPS Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box

@The Beast – my parcel was small – under 500grammes and only 15cm by 10 by 5

Insurance even by Royal Mail is very expensive for overseas postage.

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