And today I received an email from a befuddled viewer about the GSP: “It sounds too good to be true.” She opined.
I’m rather of the opinion that the GSP is one of the few entirely brilliant ideas eBay has ever come up with. Check out the video. But, in short, you can opt in and sell your goods to dozens of countries around the world. Buyers cover the additional shipping and you just need to ship your parcels to the Northants depot.
And there are protections in place regarding losses and feedback. Basically, just as long as you get the parcel to the warehouse in the UK, you’re sorted. It really is that simple.
Now, one of our more considered and also sceptical commenters on Tamebay, who I’ve heard from for the better part of 20 years is Northumbrian. He/she/they have commented on posts I’ve made even when I was a young Pink and under the eBay dollar on the official eBay discussion boards. Praise isn’t given lightly and change is approached pragmatically. Approval is given only when it’s unequivocally deserved.
The commentary given by Norf (as he/she/they have been lovingly known to me, Chris and (previously) Sue, for many years) is the answer I gave to my enquirer.
Quoth Northumbrian: “We were always critical of GSP, then gave it a try. Once you get your head round the constant complaints from the ill-informed or naive, and buyers wanting shipping discounts and cheap shipping it simply is unbeatable international shipping using eBay. Plus delivery times have improved 10 fold from what they were. In addition we feel it has increased our international sales and prices realised.”
That is high praise indeed. I’d like to see some improvements. It would be appropriate that sellers know quite what buyers are paying in shipping because they could, if they wanted the brainache, do a better deal. But it really is a clever scheme. Why aren’t you using it?