I was hoping to hear more views on some aspects of this post and,
hence, held off until now.
....If you get a parcel of stones that you have been charged
international postage rates/ high costs for stones supposedly being
mailed to you from overseas, and the parcel you receive was
cancelled at a post office in Iowa, I urge you to contact the
seller and request a refund of other than actual postage and report
this to ebay. this is an emerging scam; the buyer agrees to pay
let's say 15.00 for postage and handling and insurance from Jaipur
India and you receive an an envelope with a small zip lock bag,
unpadded, and without insurance on the package which was posted
from Chicago..that equals misrepresentation at least and more
likely fraud...so the seller makes over thirteen bucks mailing you
a stone or stones weighing less than an ounce in addition to the
price paid for your win/purchase.
I'd like to give our background as diamond and gemstone jewelry
manufacturers based in Mumbai, India. This is relevant since we know
a little bit about international shipping costs.
First of all, I have no problems with the packing and packaging
materials mentioned above. Yes, I agree that for international
shipments the packing and the packaging materials have to be good.
However, I would like to mention the actual costs if one is shipping
from India after following the relevant legalities. If one is
shipping gemstones and declaring them as glass pieces on the relevant
postal forms, then I guess USD15 is ok. But, if one follows the
rules, clears Customs and declares the items as gemstones and does
the subsequent post-shipment paperwork, then the actual cost would be
at least USD75!
In fact, many potential partners abroad familiar with the gemstone
trade have asked us to ship our products without declaring them to
the authorities. However, we have always told them that gold would be
caught in the post-office's X-ray machines and, hence, we cannot do
that. Apart from being dishonest, we would not want to take such a
chance since there are heavy penalties and our export license would
be cancelled if we were caught shipping gold out of the country
Next, why would USD15 be a high cost of shipping if the parcel is
shipped from within the US? May be, the seller has shipped multiple
items in bulk to a known person in the US who, subsequently,
dismantled the shipment and forwarded the items individually to the
winning bidders! Thus, the shipping and handling cost of USD75 would
be split among the individual winning bidders and the total shipping
cost would be part of this USD75 plus the shipping within the US.
In fact, from our personal experience, we can say that the high cost
of logistics has prevented us from offering our products on
international online auctions. We know that we offer excellent prices
and can certainly help if someone wanted to sell on online auctions
but, on our own, we cannot sell without logistics' support in the
relevant foreign country.
Just my 2 cents!