Update May 3, 2017
by the OP (Original Poster = me who initially started this thread back in November, 2014):
I just bought another item on eBay.com, from a seller in Indiana, USA. This item is also to be shipped with/via eBay's International Global Shipping Program. So, the other day eBay sent me another of their (very-difficult-to-use!) tracking-numbers of the UPAABxxxx format...
Although my package is still in USA, the USPS site cannot
find this UPAAB-number in their (USPS) system. However, the Parcel Tracker here
works nicely, at least while the package is still in the USA (which is at this time still is). I intend to update this post as my shipment makes progress (from USA to Copenhagen, Denmark), so that other readers may find an updated "receipt" of how-to track the eBay UPAAxxx-stuff, which still is so difficult for many people.
Yes, this track-and-trace thing IS still an issue for many international eBay-buyers: This thread has at the present time been read more than 403.000 times (!), reflecting the widespread frustration with eBay's very poor track-and-track information
. Weird that they don't get it fixed or improved... how hard can it really be??
Update May 5, 2017:
1) After the package has left USA, the Parcel Tracker here
is apparently no longer useful for tracking the shipment (probably because the domestic-US "UPAAxxx" number has now been replaced by another waybill/tracking-number).
2) The tracking-method as explained in my first post
in this thread still works nicely
: First, select the “My eBay” menu, then select “Purchase history” and then click on the bold-blue print UPAAA tracking number, and finally click on the “AWSPBE” number in the pop-up window.
Today, after clicking on the "AWSPE" number for my shipment, I landed on the German Artis-Web
page (which seems NOT to be usable if not being linked-to directly from eBay, unless having an account, which eBay seems to have). The Artis-page informs that my package is being shipped to Germany, and from there on will be handled by the GLS-courier. However, the Artis-page also report that there are several (!!) incorrect details associated with my shipment, incl. a wrong e-mail address (!!), a wrong phone-number (!), and my street-adress seriously messed up. If visiting the German GLS Track-and-Trace
site, my shipment has not been registred as received by GLS... so it must still be somewhere in transit at this time.
It is obvious that eBay has (still!?!
) one or more errors in their system that is passing along the buyers-information (name, address, contact information etc.) onwards to the carriers that takes over, after the shipment has left USA. Spooky that this continue and continue to be so difficult, troublesome and erroneous for eBay, year after year after year?!? Ooh, well, what to do other than remembering the wise words in the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity...
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Update May 12, 2017:
I received my shipment yesterday, and the below show its interesting (and neither particularly effective, nor particularly CO2-friendly!) journey:
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Time and date Place Message
Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:26 AM Kolding, Denmark Delivered
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:22 AM Taastrup, Denmark Out for Delivery
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:04 AM Taastrup, Denmark In Transit with Destination Carrier
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:04 AM Taastrup, Denmark Delivery attempt - Bad address
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:37 PM Taastrup, Denmark In Transit with Destination Carrier
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:50 AM Neuenstein, Germany In Transit with Destination Carrier
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:43 AM Neuenstein, Germany In Transit with Destination Carrier
Monday, May 8, 2017 2:51 PM Neuss, Germany In Transit with Destination Carrier
Saturday, May 6, 2017 6:00 PM Feltham, United Kingdom Customs Cleared
Saturday, May 6, 2017 11:30 AM Feltham, United Kingdom In Transit with Destination Carrier
Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:20 PM ERLANGER, KY Shipped from the Global Shipping Center to International Destination
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:19 PM ERLANGER, KY Customs Documentation and Labeling
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:28 PM ERLANGER, KY Processing at Global Shipping Center
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:18 AM ERLANGER, KY Arrived at Global Shipping Center
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:24 PM ERLANGER, KY Delivered to warehouse
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:24 PM ERLANGER, KY In Transit-Arrived at USPS Facility
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 8:24 PM CINCINNATI, OH DEPART USPS FACILITY
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 8:24 PM CINCINNATI, OH In Transit-Departed USPS Facility
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:48 PM CINCINNATI, OH DEPART USPS FACILITY
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:48 PM CINCINNATI, OH In Transit-Departed USPS Facility
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH Arrived at USPS Facility
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH PROCESSED THROUGH USPS FACILITY
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH In Transit-Arrived at USPS Facility
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH Arrived at Post Office
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH ARRIVAL AT UNIT
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:10 PM CINCINNATI, OH In Transit-Arrived at Post Office
Monday, May 1, 2017 10:04 PM INDIANAPOL, IN Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
Monday, May 1, 2017 10:04 PM INDIANAPOL, IN In Transit-Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
Monday, May 1, 2017 4:48 PM NOBLESVILLE, IN Departed Post Office
Monday, May 1, 2017 4:48 PM NOBLESVILLE, IN In Transit-Departed Post Office
Monday, May 1, 2017 2:30 PM NOBLESVILLE, IN Acceptance
Monday, May 1, 2017 2:30 PM NOBLESVILLE, IN In Transit-Acceptance
(the item was bought on eBay.com on April 30, and paid immediately, same day, using PayPal)