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Won't buy cd from England

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Mirrorblade.1, May 9, 2021.

  1. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Because of high shipping cost $22 to $26 It's sad that global priority
    is being forced I use buy a lot from there..
    Maybe a few big time sellers from there will ship standard.
    It's not worth it for me when 99 percent of the time
    I can get import cd from us sellers.
  2. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Vienna, Austria
    Have you ever seen the cost of shipping a cd to Europe from the US???

    Just saying.........
  3. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Anybody who charges global shipping is losing sales.
  4. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    This is exactly why shipping costs are really high on Discogs and everywhere really. If you take the risk in not using it Paypal will not refund you if your buyer claims they never received it because you honestly can't prove it other than the original receipt from the post office. It's costly everywhere outside of the USA. No effective "Media mail" for anywhere else.
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  5. joachim.ritter

    joachim.ritter Senior Member

    It very much depends on the country. I ship up to 4 CDs tracked worldwide for 7 Euros (about US$ 8.50). Great for inexpensive stuff.
  6. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Agreed, I guess I was painting with too broad of a brush. I think Canada's one of the worst countries to ship anywhere including itself cost wise and in the USA when it's outside of the USA it's costly as well.
  7. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    So your point is that you don't like paying the high price of shipping, which reflects the high price of shipping as set by almost all countries in the world.

    OK. I agree. I don't like paying it, either, and will only consider an item from a foreign seller when the total price is competitive.

    Such is life. I don't blame the sellers.
    SJP likes this.
  8. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Of course we can't blame the sellers. It's not their fault. How did you misunderstand that I was blaming them? :confused:
  9. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Thanks for telling us.
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  10. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    It used to be really good. What happened?
  11. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    :shh: Privatization
  12. c-eling

    c-eling Fruit Juice Everywhere

    One of the reasons I try and search out German sellers. 11 days a couple days ago -non tracked. :)
  13. Antenociticus

    Antenociticus Forum Resident

    It wouldn't be so bad but the shipping speed has decreased with the increased prices.
    A recent example: Last month I bought a cartridge from a dealer in Eindhoven (NL) - I live in the US.
    The dealer charged €31,80 , I thought it was little high for such a small package - but hey, what ya gonna do.
    The shipper he used was Asendia (owned by the French & Swiss Post offices)
    It took 3 days to get from Eindhoven to Geneva.
    Another 12 days to get from Geneva to the US - Asendia claimed it was shipped to NY JFK. The USPS said it arrived at Chicago O'Hare.
    Another 9 days to get from JFK or ORD to the Queens NY sorting office.
    Two more days for the USPS to deliver it.

    Asendia's tracking was spotty at best and I'm pretty sure incorrect / misleading when it came to arriving in the US. For 4 days the Asendia website said the tracking code was incorrect, before reognizing it again. I tried contacting them but they didn't reply. Their TrustPilot page is pretty scary too.

    Isn't technology wonderful?
  14. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    North Carolina
    Asendia is notoriously awful. The only thing I recommend it for is restoring your faith in DHL. I had a delivery via Asendia a few years ago, on a very rare CD. I was losing sleep anticipating it would be lost. Thankfully it did arrive safely, but I would have paid extra for them to send it any other way.

    Shockingly, I have found the most reliable service with US delivery times to be Australia Post. These guys have it together and they get it done.
  15. no.nine

    no.nine (not his real name)

    Germany is one of the very few places left which still has decent international postage rates. I can't even remember who else does anymore. These insane rates have become an epidemic. As a seller on Discogs, I won't ship internationally anymore, because rates have become unreasonable, and that's without adding tracking to protect myself from claims if something doesn't arrive. And as a buyer, well, let's just say I buy almost nothing from outside the U.S. any more. It's a real shame.
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  16. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    It currently costs £5.85 ($8.50) to send one CD standard airmail to the USA from England. I think it costs you guys $14 to send one back this way.
    Sprague Dawley likes this.
  17. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Yes, it does. Tracked is substantially more expensive at £10.55, but I think the OP was talking about ebay's global shipping program, which is expensive either way.
    MC Rag likes this.
  18. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    I guess that's for big time sellers, I can't imagine many smaller sellers like me (selling say 300-400 items per year) would use global shipping. OP if you shop around I'm sure you'll find someone selling at standard postal prices to the US.
  19. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Boise, ID.
    I’d like your opinion on something as you seem to have experience sending goods to the US.

    I recently bought a 3lp set from the uk on eBay. The quoted postage was £25.00 for “International Standard” postage. I paid immediately after the auction ended. Shortly afterwards, I received an email from the seller telling me I’d “paid too early” and I needed to pay an additional £18.00 postage.

    Nowhere in the listing did it state that the £25 postage charge was “approximate” and that aaa international buyer should wait for a final price before making payment. Also, the International Standard | Royal Mail website shows that £26.15 would cover a package up to 1.25kg. I believe this package weighs approximately that.

    I wrote back offering to up my shipping by an additional £5, but not £18. The seller than canceled the transaction, saying there was “a problem with buyer’s shipping address” (not true), and refunded my money. When I shared this with eBay, they said I should report the seller, as he didn’t honor the agreement.

    Curious, as a UK seller, what you (or others) think about this? Don’t really know if this is the best thread for it, but not sure if others have had similar problems.

    Note: since the seller canceled the transaction, I can’t even leave negative feedback. In 22 years on eBay, I’ve previously left four negatives in 450 transactions as a buyer, so it’s not like I look for a reason to pick fights with people...
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  20. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    £43 is rather steep, even taking off what ebay charges. I've just sent 2kg to the States and it wasn't £43.
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  21. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    Seller sounds like an A-hole, probably better he cancelled as the condition would probably have been worse than he stated! If he set his international postage at £25 to cover the USA he should honour that (I mean it's only £1.15). I set my International postage for CDs at £6 and if someone from Australia or New Zealand buys a CD from me (which is rare) I take the small postage hit.

    Out of interest what was the value of the records?
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  22. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Boise, ID.
    I initially ordered the item from the artist's website and it was $90.99 US. That item was "lost in shipping" Universal informed me yesterday, and they had no more stock, so they refunded my order. I then purchased the item off ebay last night, where my winning bid was £107.57 + what I thought was £25.00 shipping.

    Now I just went back to Universal's site and the "sold out" item is still available! So I tried to re-order.

    I'll probably hate this album (if I ever get it) due to all the hassle involved.
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