Glad to help!Thank you! I prefer to using GSP for the protection but I've only sold two items through it, both to Canada, compared to the 20 or so international customers who have asked for shipping costs. When I look at the calculated postage for Australia or most other countries, the postage charged by GSP is comparable to what I would have to pay to ship it myself. I could have sworn I saw a customs charge for Australia on my $200 watch when I checked it last week, but it isn't there now. I assume that buyers can't get the customs fee refunded if the charge isn't really that high.
Quite a few people on this forum complain that they wouldn't buy through the GSP because it is a ripoff. One of the posters in Australia I talk to quite often says she won't buy through GSP because it is too expensive, but maybe that is because she is buying relatively cheap items so the postage cost is high compared to the price of the item. As far as I can tell, the main difference is that GSP ships by priority mail international and for cheaper items I would ship by first class international.
I hope they won't remove the padding I put around my watch when I ship it.
Luckily, the GSP program seems pretty sensitive to the Australia import tax threshold, so for most listings under ~$850 USD, I can clearly see that the import charges are listed as $0.00.
You're right, GSP is not recommended for items under $50.
It's interesting that you mention high postage costs though, that your friend in Australia is weary of. I remember when the GSP first started, postage charges through the program to Australia were very high! Something like $120 USD to ship a ladies handbag.
This was before the USPS postage charge increase as well! I remember getting a bag of similar weight and dimension shipped directly from a seller that cost no more than $45 USD. For that reason, I too was hesitant to buy anything with GSP attached for a very long time...
Things seem to have improved for the better now. GSP prices are more in line with expected postage costs.
I do somewhat fear for the safety of your watch, though... I had a wallet shipped from the US just last week, and it arrived in its own box which was dinged up from the journey, as the GSP shippers decided to place it in a box at least five times too big for it with no additional padding at all. I was not impressed, but luckily the wallet itself survived the trip just fine.