Actually Eriic, I think that by far and away the greatest beneficiaries of eBay and the internet in general are the post offices and the delivery companies.
Originally Posted by Eric Rose
If I understand it correctly, it is UPS and FedEx who collect their "brokerage" charges - they don't farm it out to a customs broker.
In the case of Canada Customs' handling fee, the irony is that frequently the largest single portion of the funds they collect is (in BC) the provincial sales tax. In Alberta, that probably isn't something you would realize .