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    Posted: 28 December 2008 at 10:09
It is probably no exaggeration to say that 99% of my sales have been to buyers out of country. I have been very happy with the Japanese postal EMS system. It is reasonably priced, very quick, easy to track shipments, easy and cheap to insure, and very reliable. I can't speak for other country's postal systems, but in my case I have no reservations at all. In almost every case the package has reached its destination within one week. The only delays have been with the customs officials in the receiving country.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2008 at 09:57
Thanks for the F/B guys, it gives me more of an understanding, the onus is also on me - if l am after a particular lens then l need to post a "WTB"

Lattiboy, it looks like l singled you out but l didn't mean any offence, l was just giving an example, l should have been more considerate. Live & learn.

l don't hesistate to ask on ebay if they will sell to Aus buyers but on the forum l thought it may have been misunderstood as rudeness since the seller has only put their country folk as a buyers preference.

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@ outback88

If you look for items on eBay, there is often a US or EU restriction on the countries which the seller will ship to. I suspect the ratio is about the same here. It never hurts to ask the question despite what is in the advert.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lattiboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2008 at 06:00
Originally posted by outback88 outback88 wrote:

I am curious as to why a lot of sellers will only sell to people that are based in their country, l have found there are few lenses that l cannot get in Australia ie (tokina 28-70 F2.6-2.8) but every now & then, they pop up here but l soon discover the seller will only sell to their country folk, l have 100% F/B on ebay, use paypal, pay very promptly - ASAP, not fussed on shipping costs, if l want it badly enough l will pay those costs. l realise there are bad eggs out there but shouldn't we be given a fair go - benefit of the doubt especially when using Paypal, why can't we have feedback system for buyers/sellers here on Dyxum?

Perhaps some counties have bad customs turnover but here in Aus l have gotten gear from the States in 5 days.



Well, for me, it's because of the paperwork required. Also, in order to get tracking information you have to use the higher level of service (with USPS), which costs quite a bit. I've sold internationally before, but part of the reason I only use PayPal is the brilliant automatic shipping slips you can print out from home.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote outback88 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2008 at 03:25
I am curious as to why a lot of sellers will only sell to people that are based in their country, l have found there are few lenses that l cannot get in Australia ie (tokina 28-70 F2.6-2.8) but every now & then, they pop up here but l soon discover the seller will only sell to their country folk, l have 100% F/B on ebay, use paypal, pay very promptly - ASAP, not fussed on shipping costs, if l want it badly enough l will pay those costs. l realise there are bad eggs out there but shouldn't we be given a fair go - benefit of the doubt especially when using Paypal, why can't we have feedback system for buyers/sellers here on Dyxum?

Perhaps some counties have bad customs turnover but here in Aus l have gotten gear from the States in 5 days.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 August 2008 at 23:27
If you won't buy sell anything at dyxum because of shipping costs, then where the hell do you intend to buy/sell? I think the idea is that the buyer pays for the shipping, so selling shouldnt really be a problem
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Post Options Post Options   Quote uff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 August 2008 at 23:24
If also the people in our local czech market followed these rules.
Thanx a lot.

btw: I will not buy/sell anything at dyxum, because of shipping costs...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote X-R-M Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2008 at 01:24
That is very nice and helpful for both sellers and buyers.
I never sold here, but one day I will and I will certainly refer to your article.
Thank you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dogears Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2008 at 09:53
Thanks a bunch for a wonderful write up. Can I order a lens from Japan please?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gsaronni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2008 at 09:22
Hi Jim

I already know the ability you have to redact selling posts and I recognise now the work you have done with this sticky post.

Thanks
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Post Options Post Options   Quote my_photography Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2008 at 02:12
Great stuff, Jim. With this, I am sure it will make the life of both the buyer and seller easier. Thanks for sharing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote anderslynge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2008 at 16:02
The trust part is especially important IMHO.

I have skipped a couple of lenses even though they had interest, simply because the seller had no or very little posting history on this site.

When someone have posted for a couple of years, you kinda trust that they are legit
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KonicaA3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2008 at 15:37
This is great!

Thanks,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote glad2badad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 March 2008 at 15:24
A very useful/helpful article. Thanks for sharing!   

One tip I'd like to add when photographing equipment...use a circular polarizer to control light reflections. For example, a camera body or a lens barrel look much better if the white reflections are cut back some.
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