|Re: I actually have that beat|
Message #16 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 7 July 2003, 6:57 a.m.,
in response to message #15 by Mike
" sent a package to Spain on Dec 8th, 2002 and it arrived on May 8th, 2003. Ask Fernando del Rey about that one. 5 Months in route to Spain."
Yes, he told me. The problem was that Mike sent the item insured, and because of this seemingly logical procedure, instead of following normal mail treatment and getting duly delivered to Fernando's home is 4-5 days at most, it was sent to some hitherto-unknown company in Barcelona (500 miles apart from Fernando's hometown, Madrid), which seems to be the one in charge of delivering insured packages, and there it stood for a number of months (they have a lot of "work", it seems), till they were "so kind" as to let Fernando know that they had a package for him. Which is more, Fernando had to pay yet another fairly unreasonable fee ($20 or so), in addition to shipping costs already paid to Mike, just to get it delivered from Barcelona (Spain) to his home in Madrid (Spain) !
Afterwards, I suffered the same fate. Some eBay seller sent me an item I had won, and did the same thing, he sent it insured. As you can imagine, it was also delivered to that dreaded company's address in Barcelona, 500 miles from my home, I had to pay $25 extra, etc, etc, etc.
My advice: As the risks of sending items without insurance from the US are minimal (I've never lost a single package out of 100+), never ever sent anything insured to Spain, unless you want the buyer to wait a number of months and pay $20-30 for the privilege. I don't know if this happens in every case, but two out of two is enough for me.
Best regards from V.
Edited: 7 July 2003, 7:06 a.m.