Hello everyone !
Not my kind of thing to be sour but if there’s really something that pisses me off are the Ebay Oversea fees, a.k.a. mafia fees, a.k.a. Pitney Bowes Limited imaginery custom whatever fees.
For some reasons, when you are a foreign customer and want to pay on ebay an object, for instance a Team Rocket’s Mewtwo PSA 9 for 250ish $, you are gratefully rewarded with a 100$ “custom” fee. I once made the mistake to pay an extra 50$ on a 150$ ebay’s deal here in the US, and tried my best to get fully reimbursed as this custom fee is a seperate bill on your paypal debit listing. What was my surprise to learn about “Pitney Bowes Limited”, an ebay subsidiary with a ghost customer service that cashes in all ebay’s “Custom” fees. Of course, if you buy that Rocket’s Mewtwo for example, and didn’t see those Timmy “special” fees, then you have absolutely no mean to contact “Pitney Bowes” shitty fake customer service, for their imaginery “service”.
In fact it is even greater than that. When you buy your Rocket’s Mewtwo, the day after due to jet lag or the same day if he is super awake, your extraordinary seller is packaging everything and going to his/her’s closest post office. The seller is then checking the fees for an oversea shipping and the beautiful lady working at the post office is telling him the amount to pay regarding what is inside the package so it will have no problems at cutsoms. Two great and honest individuals; the seller and the beautiful post office employee, are doing a great job at avoiding any problems with customs, for me, Timmy French Mc Donalds buyer 1st of its name, and the great Rocket’s Mewtwo to get no issue with shipment.
Do you see the brilliant magic show coming ? On one end; the buyer paying extra for customs fees, on the other end; the seller getting 0$ from ebay for this fee but still paying full charge at post office to avoid problems ? In the Middle of god knows where the Mesmerising Pitney Bowes Limited show making money disapear ? Yeah it hurts…
So please understand us, Timmy foreign Poke your mom lovers, sliding into your Ebay DMs to go direct transaction. At the end of the day we both are fooled through ebay…
That’s my take on it, from my unhappy customer experience, wishing you to avoid those fees as much as possible, idk your country’s customs laws but here in France for such low value items there is no such things as “custom fees”.
Stay positive fellow foreign buyers,