Originally Posted by Douglas
International selling is far riskier than domestic selling. Nobody is an expert on duties and taxes, and a seized or taxed shipment would completely blow up most deals. The cost of potential returns is also far higher.
Thank you for your attempt to respond in an intelligent fashion, unlike others.
As far as my experience goes in international purchases, all of the above are at the buyer's risk. A seller can protect himself by stipulating mandatory insurance and leave it up to the buyer to decide if it's worth it.
Why should it not be up to me to decide if I can afford/want the deal, rather than to be excluded from the outset. International selling is not a big deal; I've been expected to do it for Americans when I've sold something here, and I am no big-timer.
I have bought and sold here for years, spending thousands of dollars in that time, and I believe I've never had a seller who was unhappy doing business with me. I don't whinge, but I have had experiences lately where this is getting much more prevalent, leading to one outcome that I certainly consider unreasonable. I'm sure that this behavior is going to grow, and B&S is going to become largely a parochial market other than for a few sellers who have the decency to treat all members on an equal footing. I don't think that outcome will improve B&S as a marketplace, either for sellers or buyers. After all, the more buyers you are aiming to sell to, the better the price you can expect.