didn't realise you're automatically subscribed to the global shipping thing until I get a message in Italian (thank goodness for google translate!) saying something like "I've won your item, please can I pay by postal order" I replied (in english, guessing they understand enough to read the item description!) that I don't post overseas and only accept paypal, then hastily unsubscribed from global shipping! Buyer has zero feedback and I've no proof they're even from Italy. Looking into it, if they pay in euros, who pays the currency conversion? I do! If I don't send it by signed for courier or registered post, who pays if it gets lost? I do! I offered free postage (it's a very low value item) and figure it's really not worth all the stress and hassle! Anyone else had bad/good/any experience with global shipping?
For an overseas order I'd only be "happy" with a Paypal payment.
I've used the Global Shipping Programme (GSP) for a number of orders without a problem. In fact, to cover the seller against the item going missing, all the seller has to do is get the item to ebay's UK depot (I forget whether it's Nottingham or Derby) and I think the item would be less likely to become "lost" on that journey than going to a private address.
I've opted out of the GSP now though. It isn't clear to me what I might be held responsible for and I could imagine handling problems could be a nightmare.