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Post Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:34 pm 
 

Does Global Priority mail meet the Ebay/Paypal's requirements for their seller protection program?

Of the Ebay auctions I've won from the US, well over half of them have been shipped by Global Priority mail.  I am currently in the processes of negotiating shipping on a recent win, and the seller is reluctant to ship via Global Priority since it doesn't offer delivery confirmation.  If Global Priority doesn't meet the requirements, why do so many sellers ship that way instead of parcel post?  Is it simply a speed issue?

The seller's been quite reasonable to deal with and I can understand his desire to be covered by the seller protection program.   However to be covered it seems like it will either end up costing signifciantly more for comparable speed (UPS), or slightly more for significantly slower shipping (parcel post w/ delivery confirmation).  Are we reading Ebay's various policies correctly?  If that's accurate I'm content to pay the premium, but I'd rather not do so unnecessarily (particularly on a $22 item).

Are shipments by Global Express covered?

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:41 pm 
 

Its odd, but I know Airmail is trackable, but I don't think Global Priority is.  I'm only going by some recent mailings I've done.  The package to Canada I couldn't track with Global Priority, while the 2 to Europe via Airmail I could.  Would have to check some records for other Canada mailings (because I am not sure if it also is all Global Priority shipments)
Hopefully someone who ships far more frequently knows the hard facts.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:07 pm 
 

The United States Postal Service website has a summary of their shipping services:

http://www.usps.com/global/sendpackages.htm

The Global Priority Mail section does not mention either tracking or insurance.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:26 pm 
 

I had a customer in Italy whose package was weeks overdue.  I was worried that it was lost but I gave him the US customs number from the postal receipt (along with a scan of it to prove I shipped), and he was able to track it down with Italian postal authorities in short order.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:26 pm 
 

VermilionFire wrote:I had a customer in Italy whose package was weeks overdue.  I was worried that it was lost but I gave him the US customs number from the postal receipt (along with a scan of it to prove I shipped), and he was able to track it down with Italian postal authorities in short order.


I use it because I get free mailing materials and more importantly, the price is fixed. I have burned way too many times by crappy shipping calculator at the USPS site.


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:15 am 
 

Of the Ebay auctions I've won from the US, well over half of them have been shipped by Global Priority mail.  I am currently in the processes of negotiating shipping on a recent win, and the seller is reluctant to ship via Global Priority since it doesn't offer delivery confirmation.  If Global Priority doesn't meet the requirements, why do so many sellers ship that way instead of parcel post?  Is it simply a speed issue?


Global Priority Mail can be an economical way to ship things and the flat-rate envelope is an attractive sell when you can get 3 or 4 modules in the thing.  Other than that it's kind of a lousy service.  No insurance, no delivery confirmation...things that are kind of important when shipping Internationally.  I'll ship Global Priority if the customer wants but I let them know it's non-insured.  I also purchase a certificate of mailing which might be a little overkill but I want the customer to know I mailed the package if it gets lost.

Parcel post is much better.  Your item is automatically insured up to a certain amount and you can buy extra insurance if needed.  Of course that service comes with a price but still it's a lot less than Global Express.

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