on 08-20-2012 05:21 AM
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. Now that I know, I'm pretty upset...
The nutshell version:
More details here:
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-?!
on 08-18-2012 10:18 PM
Sorry -- should have let you know to scroll down to the bottom:
ePacket™ provides online buyers in the U.S. with an affordable shipping option from the overseas origin in certain countries to delivery in the U.S. ePacket™ is currently available to shippers in China and Hong Kong, with additional countries planned.
Key FeaturesEnd-to-end service meeting the needs of today’s online U.S. buyers.Available for import shipments weighing 4.4 pounds or less from certain countries.End-to-end tracking is available on USPS.com®.
on 08-18-2012 10:16 PM
This should help:
on 12-31-2013 03:06 PM
Yeah, well wait until you receive a product that is DOA as mine was. Sure, they promise free returns after you pay $30 for non-discounted return shipping!! I lost half the value of the purchase just to return it and will probably need to wait 2 months for final resolution.
Glad we taxpayers can subsidize Chinese knock off merchants so well.
on 03-16-2014 09:42 AM
It's a service provided by USPS and Hongkong Post. Read more here: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/