eBay Italy have announced that from now on they will more accurately predict deliveries based on location specified by the seller and the post code of the delivery address specified on the payment confirmation.
The change is being made, say eBay Italy, to improve estimated dates of deliveries. eBay will display the address with post code along with the estimated delivery date on the item page.
We already have this in the UK of course – eBay change delivery date estimations dependent on cut off times and seller specified postage tables. What’s notable about the Italian announcement is the poor reputation of the Italian Postal service getting anything shipped from overseas delivered in a reasonable time scale. Royal Mail always seem to do a pretty good job of handing parcels over to the Italians, but then they often disappear into a black hole, even if tracking was paid for.
Best advice if you’re shipping to Italy is either to use a courier who in the whole seem to be pretty reliable, or simply to use eBay GSP and make the problem eBay’s rather than yours.