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Old 04-03-19, 05:10 AM
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I understand 10% goes to the gvt but shouldn't it be on the item only and not on the postage costs?
I paid $60us for a badge a week ago from the US and paid $34us in shipping fees
btw, the example I started this thread with I had actually asked what postage would be. the seller investigated and said 9gbp but when it cam time to ship he used that third party and I got slugged extra.
I have left negative feedback in the past regarding the rip off global and Pitney bowes but this has never appeared on the sellers feedback. ebay obviously vet the negative replies
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I personally don't use eBay anymore after realizing this stuff. It's better to order somewhere else. Honestly, Amazon has become far better recent years, so I mostly use this service to get various stuff. But sometimes there are things not available on eBay, so I have to find them on European platforms. Imagine how much shipping costs these days, that's insane! Anyway, I usually order this stuff via china post ems and it appears to be the best way to track orders. Surprisingly, the waiting time is usually very short, so you don't have to wait months to get your order. Anyway, it'd be much more better to order things directly in the US, but maybe moving to the UK is better option, lol.

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Old 21-07-21, 11:47 PM
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Lazy sellers use this service, same as e-bay's global service, which is good money for old rope. I have passed on several items I would have gladly bid on if it wasn't for this lazy service - Speaks volumes of those that use it - Clueless!
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If this helps, I can mail a small padded envelope from the US to the UK or Australia for $13.25, and a slightly larger size padded envelope for $16.75. Both include tracking. I think it may be slightly less from the US to Canada, but haven't mailed much that way.

Makes it very difficult for those of us collect badges from another country! I can no longer afford uniforms or even soft head gear due to the cost of shipping, and especially not books!!!

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Old 22-07-21, 03:37 PM
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If this helps, I can mail a small padded envelope from the US to the UK or Australia for $13.25, and a slightly larger size padded envelope for $16.75. Both include tracking. I think it may be slightly less from the US to Canada, but haven't mailed much that way.

Makes it very difficult for those of us collect badges from another country! I can no longer afford uniforms or even soft head gear due to the cost of shipping, and especially not books!!!

Terry
I echo this, and include badge dealers as well as ebay. I gave up on uniforms from the UK and now badges. What with the cost of shipping and unfavorable exchange rate, I can do little.

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Lazy sellers use this service, same as e-bay's global service, which is good money for old rope. I have passed on several items I would have gladly bid on if it wasn't for this lazy service - Speaks volumes of those that use it - Clueless!
What a sweeping and ill informed statement.

The GSP is not ideal, i often gape in disbelief when i see what they charge for a small envelope with one cloth badge inside, and at the same time wonder how they can send a 5-10kg parcel half way around the world for so little cost.

No consistency.

As a seller, I will continue to use it purely for, yes, my convenience. If the quoted poster had any experience of sending numerous items, of varying weights, values etc to numerous locations on a daily basis, then would not consider us who use it as clueless!
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Old 22-07-21, 08:43 PM
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I recently received an email from ebay telling me I had been enrolled into the global shipping program automatically but could opt out if I wanted. Having experienced it as a buyer, and heard bad things about it for ages, I opted out immediately.

Personally, I charge about 3.95 for postage and packing for any number of badges up to about 25.00 value, after which it goes by tracked (which relates to insurance and loss).
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If this helps, I can mail a small padded envelope from the US to the UK or Australia for $13.25, and a slightly larger size padded envelope for $16.75. Both include tracking. I think it may be slightly less from the US to Canada, but haven't mailed much that way.

Makes it very difficult for those of us collect badges from another country! I can no longer afford uniforms or even soft head gear due to the cost of shipping, and especially not books!!!

Terry
Terry, are those recent prices? The last items I mailed to the UK were a small padded flat for roughly $14. That was also pre-Brexit. As I mentioned in another thread, the new VAT regulations have no minimum value and require the sender to collect and remit on anything valued between 0.01 and 135.
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Terry, are those recent prices? The last items I mailed to the UK were a small padded flat for roughly $14. That was also pre-Brexit. As I mentioned in another thread, the new VAT regulations have no minimum value and require the sender to collect and remit on anything valued between 0.01 and 135.
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" As I mentioned in another thread, the new VAT regulations have no minimum value and require the sender to collect and remit on anything valued between 0.01 and 135."

Does the UK government require overseas senders to collect and pay the UK government VAT for items sent to the UK? If so that's utterly preposterous.

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Old 23-07-21, 12:41 AM
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What does this mean?

" As I mentioned in another thread, the new VAT regulations have no minimum value and require the sender to collect and remit on anything valued between 0.01 and 135."

Does the UK government require overseas senders to collect and pay the UK government VAT for items sent to the UK? If so that's utterly preposterous.

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Yes, and as mentioned they did away with the previous threshold where there was no VAT on items valued less than 15. I've sent plenty of packages to the UK both under and over that amount. Whether it's been on eBay or through the Forum, the recipients have always understood that HMRC may impose VAT, in which case they would collect from the recipient. Now the burden is on the seller, who must register with HMRC and remit the collected VAT quarterly. However, when I looked into doing this I learned that I can not simply register as a US citizen or business. Rather, I am required to have a UK business as my agent, typically an accounting firm. The cheapest rates I found were 79 per quarter.

The other options are to use online selling platforms (eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc.) who are already allowed to collect and remit taxes on your behalf, or to limit UK purchases to orders exceeding 135, in which case the VAT is collected from the recipient.
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