Hey gang! Let's talk about eBay's "eBay International Standard Delivery" service. Do you give this service a thumbs up or thumbs down rating? For a while now, I have noticed the option for eBay's in-house international mailing service when confronted with the page of postal/shipping options for overseas mail. For years I have been accustomed to just going the straight USPS "First Class Mail International" (or whatever they call outgoing "1st class" airmail these days) route, not wanting to involve any further middlemen in the process of getting item x to customer y. However, straight USPS international rates have really skyrocketed over the past few years (with this year's January 24 increase being no exception) and with the vast difference between eBay's in-house/middlemen shipping aggregating service price and straight USPS, I have finally succumbed (as recently as the past few weeks) to having all of my international sales on eBay go first to eBay's Redondo Beach facility before being sent off to my international customers out hither and yon across the globe. For those of you sellers who have been using the "eBay International Standard Delivery" service, what, from your perspective, are the pros and cons of this service? I'm still in the process of having items being received or being still in transit to Rendondo Beach, with no feedback yet from international customers who have ordered from me yet (I look forward to hearing what my customers have to say, if anything, after they receive their items.) My only real fear with using eBay's in-house shipping service is that they will take a perfectly packed up record container that I have assembled (always high-quality, professional, superior rectangular shaped, corner-protecting corrugated cardboard record mailer with filler pads) and then tear it open and place the item into some other container of a flimsy and poorly buffered nature that will wind up banging, bashing and mauling the item in transit before it arrives to my customer. Am I crazy in thinking that the above is a real possibility or cause for concern? Can I expect them to not molest and manhandle my packages before they send it off to Canada or the UK or Australia or anywhere else? For those of you in the know, what can I expect them to do or not do? Should I breath easy and come to find that this service is in fact a cost-saving godsend with no interference in the quality of my packaging? Looking forward to what you cats have to say.