Bad news everyone,
are there any other Futurama merchandising fans here who already recognized that the international shipping costs on eBay have been increased dramatically?
It seems that lots of sellers have to use priority shipping with tracking instead of the cheaper first class mail international. This ends up in shipping costs of almost $30 just for a poster including taxes!
The problem is, that the seller will ship the item to a central shipping agency that ships it to the buyer. And of course, the buyer has to pay for this service and both shipping costs. This is organized by eBay and implemented in their system now.
In the past, I was sometimes lucky with smaller items where I did not have to pay any taxes (about 20% of item price including shipping) because it was just too small (they skip handling because they have bigger more interesting packets to check) or because the value was below the tax limit of about $30. And posters were never charged anyway.
And I have seen sellers who does not offer international shipping anymore because of the new shipping system. It seems to be more complicated or just too expensive to be interesting for international customers. But on the other hand it's still possible to offer the standard shipping methods. But only a few sellers still do...
With the new system, it becomes unlikely to import nice items for a reasonable price.
It seems that my time as a Futurama collector will end soon.