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Don't use Ebay's Global Sipping Program to ship model airplane engines. Caveat Emptor!

Post  ukanduit on Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:15 pm

I don't know if this is common knowledge or not, but it turns out Ebay's global shipping program will not ship a model airplane engine.
I guess that in and of itself would not be a big deal but the problem is that they keep your engine and force you to accept a refund.
The idea is that a model airplane engine might have flammable and or toxic residue on it and they are afraid that it might be a danger so they refuse to ship it and refuse to return it to the seller so they can arrange other means of shipping. And when you complain, the customer service rep tries to persuade you that it is actually a good thing. Because model airplane engines are dangerous, and this policy is in place to protect me.

It is really hard for me to imagine a policy maker in a large company like Pitney Bowes ( the ones responsible for this) or even Ebay would be so *utterly* ignorant to think that the undetectable VOCs on a model airplane engine would pose any kind of threat. The box it is packed in is more of a fire hazard than the engine. Seriously.

Bottom line, please do not use the global shipping program!

//rant

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Re: Don't use Ebay's Global Sipping Program to ship model airplane engines. Caveat Emptor!

Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:58 pm

Wow, I would be extremely angry. Sorry you had to deal with that, what a bummer.
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Post  ukanduit on Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:42 pm

Thanks Cribbs,
I wish this didn't make me so angry!
I have a message for the CEO of Pitney Bowes:
You sir are an idiot.

That's it.

I wish MBA's had to take science seriously as a degree requirement.
Obviously the Pitney Bowes idiot that made this decision couldn't tell you what F=MA means.

I'm a jerk. Pitney Bowes decision maker: your an idiot.

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Post  pkrankow on Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:07 pm

I refuse to deal with "global shipping" this is a reoccurring problem.

For international shipping I bag in plastic, tied shut, declared as "hobby parts" or "machine parts" or similar. There is some effort in shipping international, but it really is easy.

Phil
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Post  ukanduit on Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:17 pm


Good idea, that is the way to ship them.

Man, I wish I would have contacted the seller before they used global shipping.

It was a beautiful engine!

Some locally (England) made (reproduction) Mills 1.3cc diesel.

Ugh!!!
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:32 am

I thought there had been a previous discussion or thread on this very problem. I know it really has to suck to “lose” a engine in this manor. Somebody somewhere must have a nice collection of ill gotten model engines, or is getting rich reselling them and NOT using their employers method to ship them.
I wonder if there is a way to find out the exact disposition of these “non shippable” items.  
Sounds like a good investigative news story for 20/20, Dateline or even Chris Hansen!!
“The Mystery behind the Disapearing Diesels and No Show Nitro’s”

Maybe that Idiot at Pitney Bowes could tell you, just to clear is name.
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Post  ticomareado on Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:10 pm

These people hire from the same pool of applicants as TSA.
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Post  ticomareado on Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:12 pm

"For international shipping I bag in plastic, tied shut, declared as "hobby parts" or "machine parts" or similar. There is some effort in shipping international, but it really is easy."

Just declare them as sex toys.
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Post  crankbndr on Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:22 pm

OOOHHHNNNooooo, Broom Hilda will take it out to play!!!
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