What has happened to e-Bay Japan postage prices?

Started Nov 11, 2020 | Discussions thread
Proplus888 Contributing Member • Posts: 665
Re: What has happened to e-Bay Japan postage prices?

Rod McD wrote:

Hi,

As a keen adapted lens user, I've long bought legacy lenses from Japan. The Japanese have a great used photographic market. Their dealers have been very honest, their descriptions of a lens accurate in my experience, and they take the best photos of the gear bar none. In the past their postage rates have been very reasonable.

In recent times, their postage prices have gone up. They well exceed Korean postage costs, which have to cover air-freighting items just as far. The prices may (or may not) reflect changes in exchange rates, but there also appears to be questionable practices going on -

  • the same lens may be advertised after a time at a cheaper 'Buy It Now' price, but the postage rate will go up massively - it seems to offset the apparent discount.
  • the postage prices for sellers selling an identical make and model of lens can vary by a factor of 2-3X.
  • the prices to send a small flat light object like a lens cap or filter seem way disproportionate to their size, weight and packaging requirements.

Has anyone else noticed this? Why the change? And I thought e-Bay regulates abuse of postage prices?

Regards, Rod

Just received a lens purchased on eBay from Japan a few days ago. From what I can gather, most of the sellers in Japan now are using a more expensive service (in my case DHL) for shipping. I’m guessing this is due to COVID-19 so that packages can be collected by a courier, and they know that normal postal services now takes weeks, and sometimes even months, to arrives.

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