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Post Options Post Options   Quote eccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2007 at 19:08
As a buyer, I've just been fleeced of L75. The seller had lots of +ve buyer feedback but the seller feedback wasn't so good. I should have checked properly. One expensive lesson learned!

As a buyer again, I did really well when someone auctioned a Dynax 400SI with 'two Sigma lenses'. Starting bid was L49 and the lightweight Dynaxes don't fetch much. I emailed the seller and found that one of the Sigmas was a 105 Macro. I bid and won for L75 including postage. A single bidder, a dealer popped in near the end and chickened out when my max limit, upped 5 minutes before the end, was enough. The camera was ok, with 35-80 lens and the battery worked. I sold it locally for L40. One Sigma lens was actually for a Nikon. I sold that locally too, for L25. That left me with a mint Sigma 105 macro and very nice padded camera bag for a net cost of L10. Moral? Look for job lots, cherry pick what you want and sell the rest on INDIVIDUALLY. Individual items almost always fetch more.

As a seller, watch what the successful sellers are doing. There's one guy I noticed who consistently gets more for his stuff than others. Turns out he's listing in several groups.

Ebay often have cheap days. Watch out for them.

I've started using Auctiva. It's free and you can include lots of big photos for nothing. Photos sell lenses, especially if you post pictures that the lenses have taken as well. If you use Auctiva or similar then the photos are free so you may as well post them.

Pack the goods well and get them out quickly. If a person pays by cheque and the item isn't too expensive, check out their feedback and if ok, wait for it to arrive obviously, but don't wait for it to clear. They won't risk their feedback for a few dollars/pounds/etc. All you need to do is hold off feedback for a couple of days until the cheque has cleared. They get their goods quickly and you get good feedback.

I usually start at 99p with no reserve and sensible postage. High postage used to work to inflate the price a bit but people are getting wise to it and it will often reduce the total price fetched. This approach fell flat recently, and a Danish guy got my superb 35-70 F4 for L15 including postage to Denmark. But that's life. Mostly it gets extra bidders.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shaocaholica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2007 at 19:54
Originally posted by eccles eccles wrote:


As a seller, watch what the successful sellers are doing. There's one guy I noticed who consistently gets more for his stuff than others. Turns out he's listing in several groups.


Can you elaborate on what you mean by groups? I personally don't have conflicting items end at the same time or the same week. Conflicting items being lenses that are very similar/same and accessories.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2007 at 00:29
Yes. When I say 'groups' I mean categories.

For instance put lenses in:

Photography > Camera Lenses > For 35mm SLR > To Fit Minolta > Auto Focus Minolta Lenses

Also in: Photography > Camera Lenses > For Digital SLR

This way you catch film and digital buyers.

I agree about conflicting items, but if you use Auctiva you can use it to promote complimentary sales. So if you have a 28-105mm then a buyer might also be interested in a 100-300mm.
Offering reduced postage for both as well will encourage people to bid on both and push the price up.
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hello,

sorry if this has been mention before but what advice do you give about buying from eu countries on ebay to ship to uk, do i have to pay tax?

thanks for reading :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2007 at 18:42
No duty or tax is payable from EU countries to the UK or any other EU country. It is a free trading bloc and any VAT differences are waived.
Further advice is it's probably easiest to use Paypal as you then deal in your own currency. Be aware though, ebay just quotes currency market conversions, but Paypal's conversion rates are similar to commercial tourist rates with a buy and sell spread. This means you'll end up paying a couple of percent more if you have to convert from one currency to another.

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cheers mate! now i fear my bank balance!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote eccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 November 2007 at 10:43
I should add that the duty free rule only applies to items purchased for your own use, hence the mixed results when bringing back car-loads of booze from Calais. :)
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The most important consideration for both parties, is to know your product. In most lens there are age difference and silent model chganges. For example, Minolta lens has gone through several model upgrades without changing their model number. There is the original, the RS (restyled) and the Digital series. It is rare to see any Minolta with the true lens version stated unless the seller was a pro.

Always ask for a invoice! That is the law. If the seller cannot provide you with an invoice then you are dealing with a crook. This will also create problems if the product has to cross international borders.

Another big problem is shipping charges. It appears that most sellers are either too fat or lazy to go and send s small package out via registered fist class mail. All they know is UPS. This is where one can spot a "honest " seller. Sellers who post fixed shipping rates are up-charging.   If they refuse to ship the way you want to, then why deal with a dummy or idiot.

When purchasing equipment (i.e lens) take into consideration phrase such as "lightly used" or "not used for years" etc, can only mean the lens is in poor working condition.

Usually there are no bargains on good stuff and for my money, I would prefer to buy new. Why spend 10% less for a 10 year old lens when a new one comes with warranty and the latest technology.
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I am listing some items on ebay for the first time. Am located in the US. Have had a whole bunch of questions from international buyers asking if I will sell internationally -- not sure if it is worth the risk? Is there anything I should look out for? A lot of the users have low feedback scores - how do I make sure I don't get burned? Any particular countries a problem? I have been asked from Canada, Israel, France, and czech republic so far. Thanks for any thoughts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cjc181166 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2008 at 23:09
My recommendations are:

More than 10 positive feedbacks
State which countries you will ship too, i.e. EU, Canada, US and Australia. Avoid Africa, lots of scammers.
Only do business via PayPal (Yes I know that stinks, but you are protected this way)
If you don't feel comfortable with the buyer, don't sell to them.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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I agree with Craig. EU, Canada, US & Australia are all suitable. I would also avoid Africa - especially Nigeria. All the countries you mention would be ok.

Selling Internationaly will greatly increase your chance of getting a higher sale price. Germans, Scandinavians and Italians tend (In my experience) to bid higher than other countries, so well worth doing. With the $ relatively weak at the moment, this will help you as Europeans can get more for their money at the moment. In fact, Ebay EU are marketing the weak $ as an opportunity to pick up bargains from overseas. I would choose which countries you want to post to and make it clear in your listing.

I would not be so reluctant to deal with new ebay buyers with low feedback. They can often get 'carried away' and bid more than experienced ebayers. In fact, I would encourage it! Like Craig said, Paypal will offer you some protection.

I would post everything by worldwide trackable mail (from dispatch to delivery) and adequate insurance. This may cost the buyer a little more but it is good protection for both of you.

Any lenses coming into the EU from the US will be subject to VAT and import duty, so I would clearly mark on your listing that you cannot be accountable for delays or additional charges. You will probably be asked to mark the value down on the customs declaration by some members...it is up to you but you can't of course then insure it for a different value..

Good luck!
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laguire, don't be afraid of Malaysia and surrounding countries. There is a booming photography culture there and you will probably get lots of bidders from that area.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2008 at 08:53
As an aside Finland, Denmark and New Zealand regularly top the list of 'least corrupt' countries on the planet. Perversely, I've had Ebay sales fall through as I'm not in Australia (yes, it's more corrupt than boring NZ).

I wonder about some US sellers who won't even consider selling stuff to Canadians.

Actually, I agree that Malayisa (and Singapore) are generally pretty good, plus the countries listed in the OP dont' send up any red flags.

Non-Ebay options include KEH and Dyxum fwiw...

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