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Why do people selling on ebay are only willing to ship to specific continents?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

This doesn't apply only to ebay but any online trade between individuals, but mostly I'm curious about American folks because it is with them that I ran into this mostly:

Why is it that people limit where they will ship to? For ex. I just bought something on ebay from someone in America and they told me they wouldn't ship internationally. Is there some extra hassle at the post office to send internationally?

post #2 of 7

Customs issues mostly (filling papers...), security and problem about payment, etc.

post #3 of 7
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Well, the security, that's on the buyer isn't it, I mean it is understood that the buyer takes on that risk, he can choose insured shipping.

 

As for payment, that can't be the issue, it's usually done through paypal.

 

So it's customs, then? You guys have to fill out some forms?
 

post #4 of 7
There are numerous reasons why I don't ship outside of North America; most of these reasons are ebay related, but some applies here as well
- Scammers are prevalent outside of North America; you get screwed because they take advantage of ebay buyer protection rules and paypal loopholes.
- Shipping is a pain. I know pretty accurately what it costs to ship the items I sell in North America; international rates require getting extra shipping quotes. If you're dealing with higher numbers of items; dealing with lots of one-of quotes is time consuming.
- Shipping rates internationally often are a deal breaker. Shipping costs can easily outweigh the cost of the actual item, so it isn't worth bothering to attract customers who will probably back out when they find out how much shipping is.
- Dealing with other postal systems is a crap shoot. Some countries have incompetent and/or corrupt postal systems; so I cannot guarantee a package will arrive

...hope this helps answer the question
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Originally Posted by div25sec9 View Post

There are numerous reasons why I don't ship outside of North America; most of these reasons are ebay related, but some applies here as well
- Scammers are prevalent outside of North America; you get screwed because they take advantage of ebay buyer protection rules and paypal loopholes.
- Shipping is a pain. I know pretty accurately what it costs to ship the items I sell in North America; international rates require getting extra shipping quotes. If you're dealing with higher numbers of items; dealing with lots of one-of quotes is time consuming.
- Shipping rates internationally often are a deal breaker. Shipping costs can easily outweigh the cost of the actual item, so it isn't worth bothering to attract customers who will probably back out when they find out how much shipping is.
- Dealing with other postal systems is a crap shoot. Some countries have incompetent and/or corrupt postal systems; so I cannot guarantee a package will arrive
...hope this helps answer the question


Thank you!

post #6 of 7
I usually ship but sometimes it's an item $500 or over, and the buyer wants me to send using a super cheap shipping service with no tracking, mark item as gift and $20 and a bunch of other stuff. All the buyer then has to do is say he never received it and I'm screwed
post #7 of 7
I'll ship overseas but ONLY ON MY TERMS. I've been screwed in the past and it won't happen again.
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