surfparadise wrote:I'd like to think that the majority of people are honest (in italy as in England as in Australia etc etc) and a lot of person speak for 'cliché '. I buy a lot of from china with untracked method (free and slow...1 month min.) ...and I don't think that chinese sellers lose money sending to Italy or Spain....
The thing is, both Pimoroni and ThePiHut are businesses. They both got started in Pi stuff about 3.5-4 years ago and have both, independently come to the conclusion - through hard-learned lessons - that shipping regular mail to certain countries is more risky than it is worth to them.
It is absolutely their right to make that judgment call based on their own experience. Both of those businesses send out thousands of items per month. So it is likely they have shipped enough items to have spotted trends. This is nothing to do with gossip and hearsay or cliché. It's decisions made on the basis of experience.
Personally, I've only shipped a few thousand items in the last 12 months. Off the top of my head, I think only about three have gone missing. One was Spain, one was Poland and the other I can't remember. When it comes to damaged shipments though, Germany tops the league.
You only have to get stiffed a few times before you take steps to prevent it happening again. That's just commercial reality. You may not like it, but it's unlikely to change no matter how hard you whinge in here.