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General Disorder Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

I have just starting selling figures on eBay and am unsure what is the best way to list them when it comes to shipping.
I live in New Zealand so have to post, sometimes to the other side of the world.

Is it best to list as Calculated: Cost varies by buyer location? If so how do i add the cost after the client has already won the auction?
or is it best to say Flat: same cost to all buyers? This i did and charged $25 USD usd only to find $50 USD usd was the cheapest i could find with a tracking number.

Also,how do you link the auction to TMP?

I fear i will be asking a lot of questions on this thread until i feel confident as to what i am doing.

Thanks Aaron

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 5:20 a.m. PST

You know the weight of the item so surely you can just look up what it will cost to post to a couple of common destinations (e.g. Europe & N. America) and include that info in the listing.

You are able to add postage after a purchase so I can't see it being a problem.

I'll admit when I went back to using e-bay recently I had to sort all that kind of stuff out – and their help files are next to useless.

Project Vehemence28 Jun 2018 6:55 a.m. PST

Do you not have access to the 'Global Shipping Program'?


When I sell, I just click 'international available' (or some such…) and Ebay calculates its own shipping. When my item sells I just post it to the GPS, and then they post international.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Just add the URL of the auction to your post on the Marketplace.

Captain Gideon28 Jun 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Project Vehemence I do see a problem with Global Shipping Program.

I've sold a few things using Global Shipping Program(since I'm in San Francisco)and when a buyer from another country buys an item of mine the shipping cost is for sending the item to Kentucky and then the item is shipped to the buyer's country and at that point the seller has to pay a second time for shipping.

So I don't use it anymore what I do is if a buyer in another country has interest in an item of mine that person sends me a message asking what the shipping cost to their country would be and then I weigh the item and tell them and if the person likes the price then they'll try and win the item.

See I don't think a buyer has to pay twice for shipping for an item.

That's how I do things on eBay these days.


altfritz28 Jun 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

The Global Shipping Program is useless from the point of view of the buyer. It just adds needless costs. I think it was designed as a profit center for eBay. I avoid sellers who use it.

KPinder28 Jun 2018 5:02 p.m. PST

I offer international shipping, but urge potential bidders to contact me so I can calculate the shipping to their home country. The buyer knows up front what the cost is going to be, and can decide to bid or not accordingly.

GSP is needlessly overpriced and overcomplicated.

One issue is international shipping seldom lends itself to tracking. Many buyers wish it, and it's come in handy as a seller too.

wmyers28 Jun 2018 6:03 p.m. PST

The Global Shipping Program is EXTREMELY annoying as a buyer. It greatly increases the cost of shipping. I am sure it acts more of a deterrent than anything else.

It is clearly meant as a way to get more people from the USA to ship outside of their country (for some unknown reason many sellers in the USA are scared and uncertain how to ship worldwide! – there is absolutely NO difference than shipping a package to the next town, only a different address is printed on the box and the cost may be more and you have to print a country on the address – surely such things are not beyond most(?)).

I see a lot of items for sale on this site and others where the seller claims "US only" for sales.

Project Vehemence28 Jun 2018 11:52 p.m. PST

That's a shame about the GPS. My own experience is a little different. Before I clicked 'accept', I had hardly any sales to the Europe, now maybe 20% of my items go via GPS.

Maybe its cheaper and easier to use GPS for UK to EU.

The only problem I have encountered is you cant combine shipping. When I get multiple offers I make a separate listing for the customer, with all the items in so they only pay one GPS charge. Bit of a hassle.

My experience is all as a seller though, I never buy via GPS, but tbh I am more a seller than a buyer.

General Disorder Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 3:40 a.m. PST

I thank you all for your help.

I shall heed your advice when my 30 days are up and i'm allowed to post my next items which will be Perry miniatures French & British Agincourt armies!

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 3:07 p.m. PST

I do all my own shipping. Weigh the items (with the box and packing) then find the cost from your' postal system. Our international is tiered so usually pick the most expensive and put that as fixed rate international shipping. Don't need ebays "help" in this matter :p

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