I love USPS Priority Mail for its speed and simplicity. It’s especially useful when the winning bidder in your eBay auction lives outside the United States.
But, it’s no way to ship live animals.
A woman in Minneapolis tried to mail a puppy to a relative as a present. The pooch went unnoticed until a postal worker knocked the box off a counter and he started making noise—the dog, not the postal worker.
So while using Priority Mail for eBay shipments can be the smart thing to do, I’m afraid this woman’s actions just highlighted how stupid this nation has become.
My son and I were discussing Priority Mail yesterday. He has a few eBay auctions going and it looks like one of his items might go to a bidder in Taiwan. After checking a few rates, Priority Mail turned out to be by far the best deal. Also, when you have an item to be shipped Priority Mail, you can schedule a pick up so you don’t have to bother with a trip to the local Post Office.
If your item fits in a Priority Mail box, international shipping can be fairly easy. One more tip: I’ve found that the customs form you get at the Post Office counter is more simple than the online form that is available at USPS.com. For some reason, the online form requires more information.
Usually when organizations move things into the online environment, they get easier to deal with.
Well, it is Post Office management we’re talking about here…
(By the way. That cute puppy photo comes to us via The Daily Puppy where you can definitely meet your minimum daily requirement for cute puppy pictures.)
Virginity testing is apparently the key to getting visitors to your blog. Yesterday my little eBay blog scored its most visitors ever on a single day. So I’m sure you’ll understand if I start all my eBay blogs with those two words from here on out.
I also got my first visitor from a search engine yesterday. Woot.
Remember the Kia Motors eBay auction I was following for a new Kia Sportage? I received an email update from eBay yesterday reminding me to bid before it was too late.
I’m thinking Kia probably has more than one of these available. There’s no hurry.
My sale of four rusted, antique skeleton keys ended last night rather disappointingly. The auction was bid up to $20 in the first couple of days and I had eight people watching it. However, there was no last minute bidding and they sold for only $20.
In addition, an international buyer in the Philippines placed the winning bid even though my listing restricted shipping to the United States. I’ve been avoiding eBay international shipping. Fortunately these keys are easy to ship. They’ll fit in a Priority Mail envelop or the smallest Priority Mail box, which both cost $11.45 for international shipping. So I’ve decided to make this my first foray into the murky world of international shipping.
I’ve studied up a little on eBay international shipping and if you can stick to using USPS Priority Mail, it’s supposed to be fairly easy. The Priority Mail international flat rates make invoicing simple and the shipping delivery times are fairly certain.
However, I wonder why someone in the Philippines would bid for an item when the seller says he will only ship to the United States. I know we’ve had a long and close relationship with the Philippines, but still.
Has General Douglas MacArthur been misquoted all these years? Maybe he really said, “I shall return…and when I do, I’ll bring all your eBay stuff.”