..... continuing with the ebay getting worse them, I don't like the way you cannot contact bidders - in the olden days you saw the bidders name now it is shown as some rnadom two letter name thus: a******e - actually noticed today - so it may be a new thing - but even my user id is no longer shown - what's all that about? why should I not be allowed to see where my bid(s) stand in the bidding sequence? GGrrrrr......
you can see where u stand but you can't see who bidded on an item and contact them - this prevents auction interference (people badmouthing the seller for example, before an auction is completed with payment/shipment)
I've noticed that relative to many other countries, it's costly to send packages from the USA with tracking information that's acceptable to Paypal. I think that's a major reason why US sellers (many of them) don't send overseas.