I just had another pipe swiped by ebay's GSP in the UK and thought I would warn everyone. The bottom line - don't buy pipes from UK ebay sellers who use the GSP. Pipes are considered 'drug paraphernalia' and are thus illegal to be shipped to the United States. Pitney Bowes supposedly sells the pipes at auction in order for ebay to recoup some of their expenses. The ebay seller keeps his money, the ebay buyer gets refunded. I lost $10 on the currency exchange, but I guess that was a cheap lesson.
The first time I had this happen it involved a five-pipe lot of mostly rare, unsmoked Petersons. They were deemed to be 'restricted' items. They showed up on ebay six weeks later, with BIN's almost exactly double what my winning bids were. The seller told me that she had bought them at an auction for 'undeliverable mail'.
I have asked ebay why I can buy brand new pipes directly from retailers in the UK, and haven't heard back. Perhaps soon, in addition to the gruesome photos the UK includes on their tobacco packaging, we will get our pipes engraved with 'not to be used to smoke drugs'.
EBay is ran by idiots, that think that it is their duty to enforce whatever morality their pea brain skulls are informed by.
Too many times in the case of my wife’s products, they defended new Ebayers that were scam and ripoffs with newbie status. They figured we weren’t going anywhere and they didn’t want to lose “new” customers.
We never buy or sell there anymore.
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian