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US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

Why is it that virtually ALL U.S. sellers charge Canadian eBay buyers exorbitant shipping? America is extremely wealthy. Why can't they have worldwide  free shipping services like China or Canada. It would benefit their sellings.

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

in reply to gagfragag

What you may be seeing in the US listings you're looking at are items that aren't sent directly to international buyers, but are forwarded through the Global Shipping Program instead.  Look at the listings to check the shipping method used.

The Global Shipping Program's shipping rates are the seller's shipping price for getting the item to a warehouse in Kentucky, plus the program's fee for forwarding the item from Kentucky to you.  In some cases, "import charges" (GST/HST/PST, duty and processing fees) may be added to the shipping charges, or they may show up as a separate line item.

Careful what you wish for when it comes to cheap/free shipping from China, however.  There are several posts on this board from people complaining that their free/inexpensively shipped items from China are taking forever to reach them, and this is due to small packages from China getting held up in customs for inspection for fentanyl, as well as receiving postal systems such as Canada Post not receiving enough yuan from China Post to cover their delivery in Canada and thus having to economize on the Canadian leg of the item's journey.

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

in reply to gagfragag

"America" may be wealthy,but many US sellers are not.

Many smaller sellers are supplementing tiny incomes or pensions.

 

Unlike Canada Post, the USPS is a subsidized service and not required to make a profit.

(Yes, Canada Post turns over millions of dollars to the government coffers every year.)

While USPS domestic shipping is fairly low the department tries to make it up on international mailing.

https://postcalc.usps.com/?country=10440

 

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

in reply to gagfragag

gagfragag wrote:

Why is it that virtually ALL U.S. sellers charge Canadian eBay buyers exorbitant shipping? America is extremely wealthy. Why can't they have worldwide  free shipping services like China or Canada. It would benefit their sellings.


What makes you think that Canada has free world wide shipping. Have you checked Canada Post rates?

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

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Hello! I have ordered severals items from any where in Canada and it was always free for me. ''Wonder why'' China makes a fortune shipping worldwide!! Bye!

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Re: US SELLERS EXCESSIVE SHIPPING CHARGES.

in reply to gagfragag

Free Shipping is not free.

 

The seller has included the cost of shipping in the asking price for the item.

Which is cheaper?

A $10 item with $5 shipping ?

Or a $15 item with Free Shipping?

 

And since the seller's cost to ship in included in the price he charges you, and he is still making a profit, how much do you think the doohickey you bought is actually worth?

 

Now take that a step farther.

While China Post does have low rates for international shipping

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/postal-service/rate.htm

that cost is being subsidized by the postal system in the receiving country.