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post #4681 of 14416
Apologies as I haven't read all 47 pages but will so after


I've an issue and I'm a little out of the game (been awhile since I've done an int'l shipment). I'm selling a pair of shoes and someone in Japan wants to buy them. The price is $500 for the shoes but he said the custom fees are totaling $425!! I wouldn't want him to buy the shoes even if he was willing to pay that.

1. My question is, why do we have to pay custom fees?
2. is there a way around this?
3. Also, what do you think is the BEST way for the buyer to pay as little or no custom fees at all?

4. Lastly, if I decided to do the transaction not through ebay, would he still have to pay the custom fees and do you recommend this?

Cheers!
post #4682 of 14416
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Originally Posted by k4lnamja View Post

Apologies as I haven't read all 47 pages but will so after


I've an issue and I'm a little out of the game (been awhile since I've done an int'l shipment). I'm selling a pair of shoes and someone in Japan wants to buy them. The price is $500 for the shoes but he said the custom fees are totaling $425!! I wouldn't want him to buy the shoes even if he was willing to pay that.

1. My question is, why do we have to pay custom fees?
2. is there a way around this?
3. Also, what do you think is the BEST way for the buyer to pay as little or no custom fees at all?

4. Lastly, if I decided to do the transaction not through ebay, would he still have to pay the custom fees and do you recommend this?

Cheers!

in a nutshell, they pay customs fees based on what you declare the invoice at. its against the law to mark it as a gift or a lower value - regardless of ebay or not. if you feel like fudging, then go for it. but, youll likely want to insure the shoes for the price you would want refunded if they get lost or damaged - which is the price you declare it at. I dont fux with declaring lower for any reason, any time, regardless of anything.
post #4683 of 14416
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Originally Posted by k4lnamja View Post

Apologies as I haven't read all 47 pages but will so after


I've an issue and I'm a little out of the game (been awhile since I've done an int'l shipment). I'm selling a pair of shoes and someone in Japan wants to buy them. The price is $500 for the shoes but he said the custom fees are totaling $425!! I wouldn't want him to buy the shoes even if he was willing to pay that.

1. My question is, why do we have to pay custom fees?
2. is there a way around this?
3. Also, what do you think is the BEST way for the buyer to pay as little or no custom fees at all?

4. Lastly, if I decided to do the transaction not through ebay, would he still have to pay the custom fees and do you recommend this?

Cheers!

Honest questions, but answers can get people in trouble.... wouldnt it be illegal to purposefully circumvent paying custom fees (taxes).....peepwall[1].gif

 

Are there ways to do it, sure... will you get caught, probably not (do you want to risk it)? If you don't declare the full value you also can't insure them for the full value, which trust me, you want to do.

 

Spoo fistbump.gif Beat me by 2 min

post #4684 of 14416
Thank you Spoo and Brian

The guy emailed me again and says he has never been asked to pay customs and he's purchased many items from the U.S., Europe, and etc.

He also says he's willing to pay my BIN price and shipping (I'm trying to figure that out now. USPS site says $60! Sounds expensive to me). I assume I should declare the value at $499.99, right? I hope he doesn't have to pay customs ...
post #4685 of 14416
Offer international shipping and turn off global shipping program. That's why he's getting charged out the ass. Even shipping from USPS.com yourself, he may get hit with customs, but I bet it won't even touch what ebay is trying to charge him.
post #4686 of 14416
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Offer international shipping and turn off global shipping program. That's why he's getting charged out the ass. Even shipping from USPS.com yourself, he may get hit with customs, but I bet it won't even touch what ebay is trying to charge him.

THANK YOU!
post #4687 of 14416
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Honest questions, but answers can get people in trouble.... wouldnt it be illegal to purposefully circumvent paying custom fees (taxes).....peepwall%5B1%5D.gif

Are there ways to do it, sure... will you get caught, probably not (do you want to risk it)? If you don't declare the full value you also can't insure them for the full value, which trust me, you want to do.

Spoo fistbump.gif Beat me by 2 min

Is full value defined as what they retail at or what they sold? Thanks, B!
post #4688 of 14416
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Originally Posted by k4lnamja View Post

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Honest questions, but answers can get people in trouble.... wouldnt it be illegal to purposefully circumvent paying custom fees (taxes).....peepwall%5B1%5D.gif

Are there ways to do it, sure... will you get caught, probably not (do you want to risk it)? If you don't declare the full value you also can't insure them for the full value, which trust me, you want to do.

Spoo fistbump.gif Beat me by 2 min

Is full value defined as what they retail at or what they sold? Thanks, B!

Full value is what you sold it for $500. If it gets lost then you get the "full value" back which would be the $500 he paid.

 

And yea... if you have the GSP (Global Shipping Program) turned on, go change that. It sucks!! $500 bucks.....USPS Priority Mail with Full Insurance to Japan for shoes should run about $60 or so off the top of my head.

post #4689 of 14416
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Full value is what you sold it for $500. If it gets lost then you get the "full value" back which would be the $500 he paid.

And yea... if you have the GSP (Global Shipping Program) turned on, go change that. It sucks!! $500 bucks.....USPS Priority Mail with Full Insurance to Japan for shoes should run about $60 or so off the top of my head.

$60 should be good with express mail send shoes abroad regularly it's $55-60 usually with ship cover

Also with insurance for FedEx have you guys been asked to not tape up packages over $500? Seems like they want to make sure of value now
post #4690 of 14416
Hey if I do declared value of $499 on the package and let's say it gets lost I was told that USPS said they can only reimburse the amount if I have proof of purchase. Is that correct?
post #4691 of 14416
I hope you're filling out your shipping labels online through ebay/paypal and not hand writing them at the post office...
post #4692 of 14416
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

I hope you're filling out your shipping labels online through ebay/paypal and not hand writing them at the post office...

+1 just use the ebay automated label OR go to USPS and print the label there. Not only do you save money by doing it online, you have everything saved and history of the payment, etc etc.

post #4693 of 14416

What forms do you have to fill out to ship internationally?  Is it all still stuff you can do from home and print from Ebay or is it necessary to make the trip to the post office?

post #4694 of 14416
You can do in home up to $1k if you want insurance (with eBay ShipCover), or up to $499 if with USPS.com. Have to go in after that I think if you want insurance
post #4695 of 14416
IF I was to do a transaction without ebay icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif and am shipping to Japan, you're saying I should print the forms ON a computer vs handwriting at the post office? Can I ask why? I'm going to do express mail that has tracking and confirmation and doing insurance up to $500.

Any feedback is welcome!

Cheers
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