O/T Ebay selling
I just figured how sell things on ebay with a picture. Now on the second item I sold someone from Poland bought it. Is this going to be a problem shipping to another country? I wasen't counting on this. Another problem I only listed 6.00 shipping. There again I was thinking US only. The items are two motorcycle repair videos, so the price should not be too high,(I hope) under a lb. Stan
If they are VHS tapes you might be a bit underweight on shipping. If DVD's you will probably find a mailer at the post office for that kind of money. Otherwise write to the buyer and explain international shipping is higher. Any international buyer with a brain will expect that anyway.
As a canadian buyer who buys from the USA often, im genuinely suprised when they say '$10 shiping' and it really is $10.
Shiping to another country usally isent much work im my experiance, just more cost Iv shiped to the UK before and I can't recall anything special I had to do, Most of the standard postal services even where still 'valid' options. (just as you can send things to canada via US postal service)
What really ticks me off is when people go 'Free shiping. USA ONLY!', and expect full shiping cost to be paid from everywhere else.
Though one guy I bought from, he subtracted the cost of the 'free USA shiping' from the shiping he charged me! A+ For him!
That will be a problem, and you will take a hit on this one. Next time you sell on eBay you should use the built-in shipping calculator. There are separate calculators for domestic and foreign bidders. All you need to do is specify the package weight, and mailing method (e.g. First Class Mail International, Global Priority Mail, etc.) and the shipping charges will be automatically calculated according to the buyer's country of residence. You can add a handling fee (I never charge more than $2) and it will be added to the calculated shipping cost.
Originally Posted by 1937 Chief
Last edited by aostling; 12-14-2009 at 08:49 PM.
I had a seller from France or England (can't remember) just flat out refuse to ship the item to the USA after I won it fair and square.
There was nothing in the listing barring international sales or shipping but when I asked for a total to ship to the USA they came back with +$100.00 shipping cost for a 1 lb boring bar. I wrote them telling them that was very excessive cost for shipping and could they recalculate using normal postal rates - they refused
Needless to say I reported them to Ebone (a lot of good that did) and the transaction was never completed
So go back and explain yourself to the buyer. Ask for "Fair Shipping Cost" and he should be glad to pay for it. If not - don't worry, Ebone won't do nothing to you and you can just go ahead and relist it
Shipping overseas isn't a big deal. I ship DVD's and CD's all the time. Two videos boxed together shouldn't weigh much so $6.00 might cover the expense. If not you'll just have to eat this deal, and guess-timate the cost of overseas shipping for future sales.
Just go to your local post office and ship it 1st class overseas.
Check out the USPS web site page for international shippments. It is buried deep, but the flat rate for a small Priority Mail box to Poland is $12.95. Or your local Post Office should be able to help.
You might also follow E-Bay's link to creating a shipping document and see what rates you can get there.
Make it fit.
In my last job, we were a distributor for products made in Canada. Shipping something back to Canada for repair was a royal pain. Getting 'RUSH' service on critical parts was totally out of the question. Stuff would get tied up in Canadian customs for a week or more. I was going to send our rep a baseball cap and he told me not to even try. The paperwork & duty on the baseball cap would be several times it's actual value.
Originally Posted by Black_Moons
Therefore, I don't ship overseas when I sell on Ebay. I've purchased a number of items from Hong Kong, Canada, England, and Austrailia. Shipping from Hong Kong is really pretty cheap.
When I was new at the e bay game I shipped to Italy by USPS surface mail, an item weighing about 10 lbs. You couldn't get a tracking number on International parcels. At about 45 days and no item the buyer filed a complaint on me. Since I didn't have a tracking number the deal went against me and I lost my shipping and the part. Surface international mail is the "slow boat to China".
After that I researched the cost of shipping and added the value of the parts and that total became my shipping fee. The other thing with international sales is the paperwork and the buyer wants you to devalue the item so they pay less duty. I never report the value at less than the item sells for.
People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!
So Canada customs is slow and as a result you won't sell to me down here but you are happy to buy from here?
Originally Posted by steve45
For the record shipping down here is quick, and there is zero duty and taxes for imports under a grand.