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e-packet delivery from China?

Scout

e-packet delivery from China?

and from Hong Kong.  When did those appear as shipping method options?  have I been asleep for a while?

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Enthusiast

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Why is this not being offered to American merchants as well?


 


 

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The U.S. Postal Service has initiated a new service with Hong Kong Post that is structured to foster growth in e-commerce. The new ePacket service expands the array of options offered to e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong seeking to reach consumer markets in the United States. The ePacket shipping solution features tracking and Delivery Confirmation in the Postal Service network for lightweight goods and merchandise ordered by consumers in the United States from merchants in Hong Kong.


ePacket service offers consumers in the U.S. and e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong with in-process scanning information and Delivery Confirmation notification available through Hong Kong Post's tracking system and through Track and Confirm at usps.com.


Scout

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Thanks for that answer.. that's  info i was looking for

Enthusiast

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The U.S. Postal Service has initiated a new service with Hong Kong Post that is structured to foster growth in e-commerce. The new ePacket service expands the array of options offered to e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong seeking to reach consumer markets in the United States. The ePacket shipping solution features tracking and Delivery Confirmation in the Postal Service network for lightweight goods and merchandise ordered by consumers in the United States from merchants in Hong Kong.


ePacket service offers consumers in the U.S. and e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong with in-process scanning information and Delivery Confirmation notification available through Hong Kong Post's tracking system and through Track and Confirm at usps.com.


Adventurer

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Why is this not being offered to American merchants as well?



Because we already have delivery confirmation and tracking available on packages inside (and some forms outside of) the United States when shipping through the post office.


For FREE if you print postage online.


Unless you're somehow employing Hong Kong Post as your original shipper?

http://stores.ebay.com/dinah-dolls-market-stall

Adventurer

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oh i can see how it affects us....



more items with item locations in the USA, that are actually in HK.



they made it easier for those type of sellers.




I don't see how it has anything to do with misleading item locations...all it does, really, is tie the HKP and USPS tracking systems together so that the e-packets are trackable at what I'm assuming is a cheaper cost than previously available trackable services.


http://stores.ebay.com/dinah-dolls-market-stall

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The ePacket rate is cheaper than USPS Frist Class Rate (with delivery confirmation). I have requested our President Mr. Obama to initiate a talk between USPS and eBay to see if it is possible to offer same ePacket to US sellers. In the meantime, I will email my request to USPS headquarter too. 

Enthusiast

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Thanks for the link.... I was thinking "some new scam?"


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I've been wondering how it's possible for Chinese eBay sellers to offer free shipping on items that cost less than it would cost me *just* to ship it.  I'm glad I finally woke up and asked the question, but now that I know, I'm pretty upset...



The nutshell version:


http://shippingsidekick.com/news.wml?id=450




More details here:


http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y11/m08/i31/s02




This is like a subsidy, in that it increases trade in only one direction, but it was instituted by OUR postal service - and eBay.




Hello, China - where's the low-cost shipping solution for US and AU merchants?  Is it any wonder that USPS is losing money hand over fist?  What are USA merchants supposed to do when all their customers start buying online direct from Hong Kong-?!




It's going to affect us all.  The USA already does not manufacture a lot of everyday items (like clothes).  Now, we no longer need to buy them at the mall - just buy from your iPhone (made in China), and have stuff delivered.  Fewer distributors, containers shipped into our ports, merchants, malls, clerks...  Those are JOBS that Americans do to put food on their tables.



I like HK stuff too - but we must have a level playing field.  Hooray for the USPS new technology - now make them pay the same rates we do!

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What are we now subsidizing China and HK with our Postal Service. Here I am looking to save on postage and see China & HK can ship for FREE. I don't want to hear the postal service is losing so much money every day. Charge the same rate I have to pay, that would add up to a small fortune every day. Contact the Postmaster General about this abuse of the American public. Enough is enough.

Thrill-Seeker

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Has anybody noticed the PM General and our fearless leader share the same last name? Interesting coincidence.



Sandra

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how do you track those deliveries? wheres the main tracking site?


Enthusiast

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This whole thing is total BS. I can only ship upto 13 oz by USPS First Class Mail but they can ship up to 2.2 K (4,4 LB). Did the introduction of this coincide with Ebay saying that First Class Mail is now "standard" rather than "Expedited" shipping ?


 


I would love to see what they pay compared to our First Class rates.

Enthusiast

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Why do they need you debit card nuber though?
Shouldn't that be kept private?

Enthusiast

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This is just Hong Kong, not all of China! Most Chinese can't even go to Hong Kong so this just really helps HK and also Shenzhen where select chinese citizens and foreigners can walk across the border to take advantage of the low rate.

Pathfinder

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USPS answered this question on their site...



http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_037.htm



"ePacket service offers consumers in the U.S. and e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong with in-process scanning information and Delivery Confirmation notification available through Hongkong Post’s tracking system and through Track and Confirm at usps.com."



Scout

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Oy.. do  people who comment not read .. at all?  and 8 months later.  The people on this board really do crack me up.

Enthusiast

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This is terrible for my ebay business!!!!



If they can make(or buy) it over there cheaper and ship it to USA cheaper than USPS first class mail, they can by far be the low cost provider for a given commodity.    Before, the high cost of overseas postage protected me from foreign competition!  Not anymore!

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checking on my order