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post #241 of 14111
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Originally Posted by newyorknoir View Post

The other thing that struck me as odd is that the buyer said that on the actual shipment day I might need to declare the item's price to be much lower than it actually is ($10-$20 he said) as Russian customs are notorious for halting everything they consider to be too expensive.

He's trying to evade paying customs duty or value-added tax (or whatever they call the equivalent in Russia).

 

That's actually illegal in any jurisdiction. Don't do it.

post #242 of 14111
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

If it is sold though ebay, then ONLY ship the shipping address which is supplied when the buyer pays for the item with paypal. For international you can ship (IMO) 1st class registered mail though the post office (for a sweater this is going to be under 4 lbs, so no problem for 1st class mail + $12 for registered mail), OR use Express Mail. Both of which track the package and require the buyer to sign for the package (which is what you need for ebay/paypal proof of delivery) for items over $250. I would add insurance, and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT lower the price on the customs form. Besides being illegal (pretty sure, you would need to double check), if your item is lost and "stolen" then you only have insured a $10 or $20 item and not a $400 item which is what he paid.

 

Sure other will throw their hat in the ring, but this is my opinion and have never had an issue shipping international to any country.

 

Thanks, I will definitely go for 1st class registered through USPC if I do decide to proceed.. Before I message the guy back with a shipping estimate I may try to probe around a little longer to see if I have any biters within the states, as this would obviously make things less complicated. 

 

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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

He doesn't have a job but he's buying a $400 sweater?
Just don't do it. You will not get to keep your money long.

 

Yeah, I thought that was a little questionable, but the sweater is a size 46 italian, which leads me to believe (since not many grown men are this thin) that he's just a kid who is spending all of his paycheck from waiting tables on a sweater that he will buy and then probably never find the occasion to wear..

post #243 of 14111
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Originally Posted by newyorknoir View Post

Thanks, I will definitely go for 1st class registered through USPC if I do decide to proceed.. Before I message the guy back with a shipping estimate I may try to probe around a little longer to see if I have any biters within the states, as this would obviously make things less complicated. 

Well you still have the problem of him being registered in London. If you only take one piece of advice from all this, do as Brian said and ONLY ship to the address listed on the paypal transaction. Just don't let $400 cloud your better judgement. Do a little more probing as you said and make a decision from there.
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post


Well you still have the problem of him being registered in London. If you only take one piece of advice from all this, do as Brian said and ONLY ship to the address listed on the paypal transaction. Just don't let $400 cloud your better judgement. Do a little more probing as you said and make a decision from there.
 

 

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Originally Posted by Calder View Post

He's trying to evade paying customs duty or value-added tax (or whatever they call the equivalent in Russia).

 

That's actually illegal in any jurisdiction. Don't do it.

 

 

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


You're right and your situation is one of the reasons that I hesitate selling to Russia biggrin.gif
In all honesty, you may want to re-think that statement. You may want to buy something in the future and some sellers restrict based on feedback. Another possibility is that you would want to sell another $400 sweater. Your call, obviously, but even if feedback isn't important to you, it may be important to someone else.
These two said it well. The guy admits he doesn't have a job but has a wheelbarrow full of rubles to throw at a sweater? Weird. Lives in Russia and registered in London? Weird. Wants you to lie on a government form? Wrong.
He honestly may have a legitimate reason for these things, but this is the internet and you can only go on what you know. Any hint of dishonesty and I start to question things.
Brian said it well, but it's probably (I'm pretty sure it is in most countries) illegal to incorrectly mark customs forms. If I send something out of the EU, I have to fill out a customs for usually. If I'm caught lying, it's considered a crime as you are lying in order to circumvent taxes or import illegal goods.

 

 

I definitely wouldn't lie to customs (I assumed it was illegal but wasn't sure, and wouldn't have done it anyway).. The guy sounds genuine through email, but after these few posts I won't go through with it.. too many sketchy variables, and the customs tax is just wrong as stated^.. Thanks for the info from everyone who put in their two cents!


Edited by newyorknoir - 8/11/12 at 5:07pm
post #245 of 14111
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

If it is sold though ebay, then ONLY ship the shipping address which is supplied when the buyer pays for the item with paypal. For international you can ship (IMO) 1st class registered mail though the post office (for a sweater this is going to be under 4 lbs, so no problem for 1st class mail + $12 for registered mail), OR use Express Mail. Both of which track the package and require the buyer to sign for the package (which is what you need for ebay/paypal proof of delivery) for items over $250. I would add insurance, and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT lower the price on the customs form. Besides being illegal (pretty sure, you would need to double check), if your item is lost and "stolen" then you only have insured a $10 or $20 item and not a $400 item which is what he paid.

 

Sure other will throw their hat in the ring, but this is my opinion and have never had an issue shipping international to any country.

+1 Very good advice. I have had mixed results to Russia / Eastern Europe, but I have never had an issue using USPS Express. Something to keep in mind that with USPS Express there is insurance automatically included at no additional charge. Not sure if there is a cap amount, you can check with USPS.

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


That's really great advice. Does anyone have a PayPal bank card and if so, could they share their experience?
I read an article several years ago that said the biggest problem with something like that is that PayPal is not an insured financial institute. Hence, should they go under tomorrow, your money is gone. That also makes sense.

+1 I keep a minimal balance in my PayPal account. 

post #246 of 14111
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Originally Posted by mjt73106 View Post

Not sure if there is a cap amount, you can check with USPS.

I think its $100.
post #247 of 14111
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

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Originally Posted by mjt73106 View Post
Not sure if there is a cap amount, you can check with USPS.
I think its $100.

It is $100, but they will add more for you if you ask, no problem.

post #248 of 14111
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Originally Posted by goneAWOL View Post

How do you ship ties?  Folded or rolled up, and in a bubble mailer or box?

 

Lightly / gently folded in half, and half again, wrapped in white tissue paper & taped so as not so bonk about; inside a small Priority Mail box (well, for my last two Ferragamo's...if it's BB or other under $20 I just use a padded mailer).

post #249 of 14111
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

This is a little off topic but since it's going on ebay I thought I'd start here.
This is from a Boss suit I picked up. I'll included measurements of course but what the hell size is this tagged?
What is "102"? Being Canadian I'm inclined to think that this is 102 cm which equals 40.25 inches.
Thoughts?
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This is the exact same tag that's on my made in Italy Boss Golf pants. Cluttered and can't tell size easily...

post #250 of 14111
^^^
I checked out HansderHund's link on the previous page. (Thanks HH).
Informative but not really illuminating. I had trouble understanding how the same number can mean different things, depending on only the body type. Maybe I'm missing some vital cross reference number on the tag.

At any rate, I'll be consigning it because my margins are higher. Plus potential buyers will actually be able to try it on.
post #251 of 14111
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

^^^
I checked out HansderHund's link on the previous page. (Thanks HH).
Informative but not really illuminating. I had trouble understanding how the same number can mean different things, depending on only the body type. Maybe I'm missing some vital cross reference number on the tag.
At any rate, I'll be consigning it because my margins are higher. Plus potential buyers will actually be able to try it on.

They don't have short/regular/long suit sizes as we know them. Rather, an EU 46 is about a US 36 R. A 46 "short" is a size 23, and a 46 "long" is size 92. All correspond to a chest measurement of 92 cm, or 36.22cm. I think that link is a little confusing on the inch-size conversions, but the conversion diverges a bit at the extremes. At least that is my vague understanding. If you were selling it online presumably you would list it as a 40-42 long and then list the actual measurements.
post #252 of 14111
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

^^^
I checked out HansderHund's link on the previous page. (Thanks HH).
Informative but not really illuminating. I had trouble understanding how the same number can mean different things, depending on only the body type. Maybe I'm missing some vital cross reference number on the tag.
At any rate, I'll be consigning it because my margins are higher. Plus potential buyers will actually be able to try it on.

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Originally Posted by Wrenkin View Post

They don't have short/regular/long suit sizes as we know them. Rather, an EU 46 is about a US 36 R. A 46 "short" is a size 23, and a 46 "long" is size 92. All correspond to a chest measurement of 92 cm, or 36.22cm. I think that link is a little confusing on the inch-size conversions, but the conversion diverges a bit at the extremes. At least that is my vague understanding. If you were selling it online presumably you would list it as a 40-42 long and then list the actual measurements.

This is true. You won't find a S, R or L. Here, if you happen to be taller than the average man, you start looking at 96s, 98s, etc. It honestly is confusing as I've never needed any of these. smile.gif
post #253 of 14111
Why do some buyers leave a note requesting that you send them a message with tracking information once you ship the package? It's automatically uploaded to ebay anyways.
post #254 of 14111
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Why do some buyers leave a note requesting that you send them a message with tracking information once you ship the package? It's automatically uploaded to ebay anyways.

Some sellers use third party shipping tools other than ebay, so the tracking would not be automatically updated in that case.

post #255 of 14111
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


That's really great advice. Does anyone have a PayPal bank card and if so, could they share their experience?
 

 

I have it and very much like it.  1% cash back at the end of the month on all credit card transactions. 

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