Originally Posted by SeaJen
No feedback at all as far as I can tell.
I've now blocked all the countries that appear to be problematic mentioned in this thread and added buyer restrictions, but I'm still left with what to do about this bidder. The auction is for 10 days so it's not urgent (unless he chooses the BIN), so I guess I just give him the quote for international shipping?
On that note, it seems like some here (Spoo) go with Express shipping internationally, while others use priority. Is it a matter of tracking, speed, or protection that sways people?
Originally Posted by capnwes
It's up to you, you can always cancel his bid and them block him if you are worried about it. I always try to give folks the benefit of the doubt. However it is weird he has no feedback for 2 years, but I guess it's possible. I have had a few transactions to Singapore with no issues. Sure, you can find bad buyers from all corners of the world, but there are far more good buyers than bad.
As for shipping internationally, I generally ship priority. First class only if the buyer agrees to take full responsibility in the case of lost packages (which I realize probably wouldn't hold up in a dispute). First class does not usually track outside of the US. I typically base my decision on the value of the item I am sending. The best way is probably registered mail, but it is a pain in the butt.
I would say this is probably sound advice. I would be incredibly skeptical though for a simple reason: he didn't email you before he bid. I find that it's a red flag that something isn't right when they commit to it first rather than inquire whether you offer international shipping and what that cost might be. If I bid on a shirt or sweater and win and then
ask about shipping, what if the seller says it's $100? I'm either locked into the transaction or cancel and the seller has to relist, not very considerate on either of our parts.
Basically it's a pressure tactic that makes a seller feel as though they have to offer international shipping even if they didn't want it in the first place simply because the bid is already on the item. It's much easier to say no to the question if a bid hasn't been placed.
Having said that, I did have a listing with shipping only to Germany and Austria and someone from the UK won. They had bid without asking me what the price would be to ship it. After I sent them an email explaining that the shipping price is actually higher to the UK, they understood. My logic isn't always so accurate
Anyway, if you choose to allow the bid, make sure you charge the appropriate amount to ship it in a safe manner. International shipping can be pricey from your eyes, but many international buyers are aware of this but it's still worthwhile to shop from ebay.com instead of our home countries.