eBay is one of the first marketplace e-commerce, created in 1995 in California. It is a multinational e-commerce that connects buyers with sellers globally. eBay was one of the first marketplace for products that can be sold either via a silent auction so users are able to input the maximum price they are willing to pay and for which the site will automatically increase bids, or via direct buying.
If you choose US Standard Shipping in the USA, your order might be delivered by:
You can go with any of the above given shipment methods for domestic and international shipment.
Tracking online your eBay order is very easy, first you need to obtain the tracking number provided by the seller or on the eBay page (if it is not mentioned, check out the order confirmation email sent to you). You can use the eBay tracking number to track your eBay order and get all the real time updates on the Ship24website that connects more than 100+ couriers and carriers.
Once, you enter the eBay tracking number in the search bar of Ship24, you may receive information/updates like:
Make sure to enter the correct tracking number if you want to know more information about your eBay order. If you can’t access more information about your eBay parcel, you can verify first if your parcel is well registered. If yes, you should contact the seller because it means that there may be a mistake on the number provided or that the package has not been handled by the courier yet (it takes 2-3 days to receive the first tracking information sometimes).
To know exactly where your eBay order is, you can use Ship24 that makes it simpler to you, with the single tracking or multi tracking features; it is very easy to know the current status of your parcel from eBay. Just provide the tracking number in the given field. Done! You’ll get here every single update about your parcel from Pickup and delivered time, status, etc. Check the tracking number format(that varies according to the shipping option selected) First thing. If you still have any concern regarding the eBay shipment, do not hesitate to contact the seller from the Ebay page or on the contact us page and you will find more information about your order delivery issue.
eBay shipping methods depend on the seller location. Usually, when the products are shipped from the United Kingdom or from the United States, the GSP (Global Shipping Program) created by eBay is used by the sellers and the packages are sent with Pitney Bowes (a big american global technology company known for its mailing equipment). The sellers located in China often use couriers such as China Post or again China EMS (epacket).
eBay deliveries generally involve different couriers and Ship24 will allow you to find exactly all the information about your package and the different tracking number used during the sending. For example, when your order is sent with the GSP (Global Shipping Program), the tracking number will begin by “UPAA” or “UPBE” and followed by numbers like this: UPAAB000000123456789. In this case you are going to be able to track your order along the entire route on Ship24. When the seller sends directly (without using the GSP program), the tracking numbers will have another format.
The GSP (Global Shipping Program) allows the sellers to grow their business market around the world, making international shipping easier. When the seller signs up for GSP and an eligible article sells abroad, the seller simply just has to ship it to eBay’s Global Shipping Center in Kentucky and the GSP will then take care of every step until the article reaches the buyer.
Indeed, once the package goes shipped and till the shipping process is completed, the Global Shipping Program will be taking care of it. The Global Shipping Program is like a protective shield for your package from the first step “Pick-up parcel” and the final parcel delivery.
Here are some reasons why yous should choose GSP:
The Drawbacks of eBay's Global Shipping Program is mainly the cost:
Everything shipped within the GSP is sent USPS Priority International mail. The lowest price for an international package is about USD$35. Also eBay charges a flat customs fee on all items regardless of the recipient country.
The Alternative to eBay Global Shipping Program (GSP) is to ship directly:
To grow their business, to limit the shipping fees and control the customs fees, a lot of sellers chose to ship directly. They first need to check theUSPS restriction to find out what kind of items cannot be shipped to some countries. Some of them limit the shipment of second hand products, for example it is forbidden to import leather in Italy.
If the parcel weight is less than 4 lbs the best option (not offered by GSP) is to use First Class International. If the item is valuable by shipping directly the sender can add an insurance from a third-party service, such as WorldPost or ShipSurance.
Both options (GSP and direct shipping) are good for cross-border shipping. GSP remains a good option for more expensive items or oversized items that would go priority anyway.