ebay Global Shipping Program - are you a victim?
Seller from US, in the description of the item the seller said he could send the item by USPS for $x while by default shipping to Canada/International is by this ebay global shipping program (GSP) for 3 times at much. So I sent him a message asking how to choose that USPS method because I can't see a choice at check out, or perhaps he could adjust the amount afterwards. He simply replied no problem, we can ship by USPS for $x.
so I went ahead to hit buy it now button (my mistake!). At check out, again, there was no option to choose any other shipping method, can not request a total from seller, so I added a message with the transaction to request changing shipping method at the seller's end, and I checked out with paypal.
The very next day the package was shipped using GSP because
1) the seller missed/ didn't see the note that comes with the transaction,
2) he is confused with US client that has an option of choosing shipping method at check out, he does not know that international clients don't have that option
if he has seen the note (and eventually find out that he can't change the shipping method at his end anyway), he and I would probably agree to cancel the transaction all together. The only way that the seller can offer this USPS option is by opting out of the GSP on his listings, which he does not know.
so too late, the item is on its way to the distribution centre, ended up shipping cost more than the actual item! You will pay seller to ship the item to the center and pay another transaction to a 3rd party to ship it internationally to you. I have contacted ebay and they advised to open a case to maybe get a partial refund once the product arrived.
I've heard that if the item is expensive and heavy then GSP is ok. but for shipments to Canada, I'll personally stay far far away from sellers that use GSP.
Got a discount for my GSP lesson - seller agreed to share the extra shipping cost... winner is still pitney bowes