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GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

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Is there any way that this ridiculous charge could be challenged? Who at some high level could contact Pitney Bowes and get this made fairer? What exactly does this fee entail? I could possibly accept that the GST is included? Smiley Frustrated

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

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in reply to worzel*gummidge

if Pitney Bowes is collecting the GST then it appears that they are now charging a processing fee.  That fee might be for the additional paperwork and/or accounting they are now required to do in administering the GST (read import charge) on low-cost items.  Once these items start arriving a clearer picture might emerge if documentation is included on the package.

 

There are other threads/posts about this. It appears that for an item + postage total of $134 the fee is $6.28, and for the example you give of item + postage of $728 the fee is $11.70 (approx figures used).

 

Once more cases come to light a clearer picture will emerge of how the fee is calculated.

 

For now, it certainly appears to be a Pitney Bowes money grabbing exercise.  I mean, why not let eBay collect the GST?

 

 

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Is your example for a c-mount lens? Just curious

 

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

in reply to worzel*gummidge

On top of that they don't combine shipping, so people should really pay attention when they buy several items from the same sellers in case they expect them to combine postage.

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

in reply to worzel*gummidge

It's not a scam !

 

It's there for everyone to see and up to you if you buy or not.

Just move onto another seller if you don't like their prices.

 

Sellers with the GSP in UK and USA will eventually realize they are losing a lot of sales having the GSP.

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

in reply to kopenhagen5

@kopenhagen5 wrote:

It's not a scam !

 


It is actually! I draw a comparison between Pitney and the Federal Reserve in the US. Both are privately owned and run organisations. Both are running a scam that makes bucket loads of money for a few at the expense of many.


@kopenhagen5 wrote:

 

It's there for everyone to see and up to you if you buy or not.

Just move onto another seller if you don't like their prices.

 


 Ah, not that easy. The same items are not available by other sellers, especially when they are scarce.


@kopenhagen5 wrote:

 

Sellers with the GSP in UK and USA will eventually realize they are losing a lot of sales having the GSP.


 Yes, 110% agree there. Just talking to an OS seller recently. His sales have gone up since he dropped the GSP. Lets hope more wake up sooner than later. Fof their sakes plus ours.

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

in reply to worzel*gummidge

Look at getting a fowarding address. No GST

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Re: GSP Import Charges is a Scam!

in reply to drewjza70

Most forwarding services are applying the GST to their packages.....you won't get out of it that easy.