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Post Options Post Options   Quote denikin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2008 at 06:58
Among all EU countries, watch out for Italy. Nothing is wrong with the Italian buyers. They are perfectly normal, but the Italian customs and postal service seem to have a lot of problems.

So far, I have shipped three times to Italy in the last six years. But, NONE of them was delivered normally. In fact, two of them were missing and another took three months to be delivered. All of them were shipped via USPS.

For example, Japanese postal service is "officially" warning against sending anything to Italy in their EMS webpage.

I believe shipping through UPS, Fedex, and DHL might be ok, though.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote daveandviv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2009 at 04:52
I've found that I make more money when I list my lenses with a buy-it-now price instead of opening it up to bidding; I use the 30-day buy-it-now option and usually sell my lenses for a little more than previous sellers with auctions (perhaps because some people would rather pay a little extra to not bother with last minute/second bidding).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maggy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 June 2009 at 20:22
Strange that this thread is so quiet lately.
I have to agree with some other writers in this thread that some US sellers are way too concerned about foreign buyers. In most cases that I asked them permission to place my bid from the Netherlands they didn't even send me an answer. Anyhow it is still a good idea to ask permission to bid if your country is not in the shipping options list. Lots of sellers simply forget that they could benefit from international bids.

I never place bids manually, I always use
Auction Sniper
to place last minute bids. I only loose if someone really outbids me. Use realistic maximum bids and be surprised of the bargains you win, if you use low maximum bids it's quite likely that even another low maximum proxy bid placed much earlier outbids you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dca1213 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 November 2009 at 00:50
I dabble in ebay sales and purchases. I usually buy packages that I break up and resell, keeping what I wanted from the package. I also buy from Craigslist in the US and again keep what I want and sell the remainder on ebay. Recently I found a Minolta 5000 on Craigslist that included a 50mm 1.7 and a Beercan for $25 USD! Kept the Beercan and sold the 50mm for $100 USD on ebay.

I only sell to US buyers because of the fact that to sell international from the USA requires that I take the package to the Post Office and fill out a bunch of forms, it becomes time consuming compared to domestic shipping which I can just hand it to the postman, I can appreciate that it is perhaps unfair for overseas bidders but at the same time I don't want to rape people by charging huge rates for overseas shipping. I do however only list on ebay.com and my listings do not allow overseas buyers to bid. When I recieve a message from an overseas buyer I always respond and explain that I do not ship overseas.

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Originally posted by dca1213 dca1213 wrote:

I dabble in ebay sales and purchases. I usually buy packages that I break up and resell, keeping what I wanted from the package. I also buy from Craigslist in the US and again keep what I want and sell the remainder on ebay. Recently I found a Minolta 5000 on Craigslist that included a 50mm 1.7 and a Beercan for $25 USD! Kept the Beercan and sold the 50mm for $100 USD on ebay.

I only sell to US buyers because of the fact that to sell international from the USA requires that I take the package to the Post Office and fill out a bunch of forms, it becomes time consuming compared to domestic shipping which I can just hand it to the postman, I can appreciate that it is perhaps unfair for overseas bidders but at the same time I don't want to rape people by charging huge rates for overseas shipping. I do however only list on ebay.com and my listings do not allow overseas buyers to bid. When I recieve a message from an overseas buyer I always respond and explain that I do not ship overseas.


You can print the customs forms online with Paypal and the post office will do free pick up. Just FYI.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote al Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2010 at 23:19
Originally posted by santiclaws santiclaws wrote:

You can print the customs forms online with Paypal and the post office will do free pick up. Just FYI.


And Paypal knows what form you need and pre-fills the address. You just need to enter the item description and weight, print a few pages, and get those plastic form holders from the post office. I used to not send international, now I find it's not much of a big deal once I understood what forms are needed and how they are attached to the box.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote gouldina Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2010 at 18:48
Originally posted by Maggy Maggy wrote:



I never place bids manually, I always use
Auction Sniper
to place last minute bids. I only loose if someone really outbids me.


Yeah. I can't believe there's been no other mention of sniping. I know sellers don't like it but it's great for the bidder. Advantages: you're literally invisible until the last few seconds, it'll bid late whenever the auction finishes in your time zone, it encourages discipline in that you set the highest bid you'd be happy to pay and then walk away. I use a free tool called JBidWatcher (I'm nothing to do with this project btw and it's free anyway) rather than an auction site because it's more flexible. The only drawback is that you have to run it on a PC that's on when the bid finishes. I use my work PC which is always on for that reason.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote romke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2010 at 19:59
thanks for mentioning Auction Sniper and JBidWatcher. i have been outbid for only a few euro's a couple of times just because i handed in my bid about a minute before closing time and this looks like it could avoid that in some cases.

will give it a try.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote lumajr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2010 at 09:35
I also used auctionsniper, there are few bids for free, and you get also three free bids for every friend you get to join.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waleskeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2010 at 12:18
Been using auctionsniper successfully for a few years now, don't leave home without it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote digitalking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 October 2010 at 10:33
Iphone ebay app is user friendly too but it does not look very appealing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2010 at 23:33
Ahoy!

If I offer lenses on evilBay, they're generally listed with a BIN and Make Offer rather than standard auction. If someone wants anything bad enough they'll cough up.

I recently bought a bunch of Nikon gear off eBay and TalkPhotography and re-sold it as a package on eBay. After divvies to eBay/PayPal I made £30.00 and a spare 2Gb 133x Lexar CF card. Worthless I hear you say.

I've just sold the CF card for £10.00 + £1.50 postage on eBay. How daft is that when for nearly the same money you can buy an 8Gb Transcend 133x CF card off Amazon, 7dayShop or wherever with free postage?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote nmg+ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2011 at 05:24
What about selling tips? I wasn't really sure where to post my question...but would you sell to someone who has 0 feedback and signed up that day? They used the BIN option...thoughts? I'm new to this ebay thing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2011 at 06:33
If you didn't specify in the listing that you won't sell to buyers with 0 feedback then that means you should go through with the sale. Cover the bases, make sure you send the item(s) to a confirmed address using a shipping method that requires shipping, and be prepared to help your buyer figure out how the process works. Everyone on feebay started out with 0 feedback so as long as no red flags pop up (eg request to ship to a different address from the buyer's paypal address) then the best customer service approach is to assume that everything will work out fine while making sure you keep a properly documented paper trail.

Edited by pdeley - 25 February 2011 at 06:35
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