Its my first time to make an online purchase from ebay international seller. I used my paypal account linked to my credit card and confirm my payment buying Ben 10 uniform T-shirt for kids. The item cost US $9.98 plus US $5.99 economy shipping from outside US. I ordered small size for my 3 year old toddler.
I've got a confirmation message from the seller that the item was already shipped and i just have to wait 2-4 weeks delivery. To my dismay, after 2 weeks I received a notice from Las Piñas post office saying that my AO parcel was ready for pick up! I have to bring my paypal invoice and valid ID and the item was subject to customs inspection and I have to claim it 30 days from the receipt of the notice.
I never really knew that economy shipping means delivery via registered mail and not my expected door to door service. I thought I have the convenience of having the item right in front of our door steps thinking that shipping charge means having it that way. Aaaaw... lesson learned! If I order again next time, (if and only if.) first thing to do is to negotiate and be clear of delivery options to avoid hassle and time consuming pick up of what i have ordered especially from international sellers.
So this Ben 10 t-shirt cost me Php680 plus my time going to post office, plus Php 60 fare and Php 40 postage fee for a whopping total of Php 780. What do you think, was it fair enough?