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12-22-2012, 12:09 AM #1
Why I am no longer selling to international buyers on ebay.
With the exception of some really dependable buyers who I have dealt with several times I am no longer selling to anyone internationally. I am sorry to rant and I know its all been said before but I have been scammed for the last time. I sold a $65 card to someone in Taiwan recently who has about 200 feedback. They asked a lot of questions before buying. I sent it out 3 WEEKS AGO and they filed a claim today saying it hasn't arrived. 1, its in Taiwan and can take over a month to get there using first class mail. 2, its the holiday season and all mail has stopped. 3, why does the seller now have a California address on their account? I have no choice but to take the $65 hit and return their money. International shipping and its tracking system is such a joke. In the US the cheapest way to get anything 99% tracked the whole way is international express mail and that is about $35. First class has no tracking once it leaves the US. Registered mail depends on the country whether they want to scan it or not and from past experience don't waste your money with it. Priority mail has no tracking unless you purchase medium flat rate box and that is well over $40. Who wants to pay those kind of shipping prices on a $65 card?? I have had too many cards go "missing" but as much as I buy I have never had anything go missing. There is no seller protection here and all it takes is for several people to ruin it for all international buyers. Like I said, sorry to rant but it is the wrong time of year to get screwed out of $65.
12-22-2012, 01:11 AM #2
I've never sold so here is a question. If you or anyone stated in the listing that any international buyers must pay for registered mail would that protect you from something like this?
12-22-2012, 03:08 PM #3
I feel your pain OP.
For anything above $50, I require Express International or Registered now (Canada usually is pretty good about Registered). The problem is I have to wait in the line at the post office. And if a buyer is international and has low feedback, I open an NPB as soon as possible. Enough dealing with these idiots, thieves and liars.
12-26-2012, 05:16 PM #4
requiring registered mail isnt the solution because it is going to influence the final ending price of your card. Obviously if it is extremely high value, it may not matter. But anything from $50-$200 or so is going to be affected because people are going to factor in that registered shipping price to their bidding.
12-26-2012, 05:21 PM #5
I am hoping you left this buyer some negative feedback!
12-26-2012, 05:52 PM #6
I collect: Orlando Magic Charlotte Bobcats UNC Alumni International Players Rudy Gay and James Harden.
Also interested in any 2009/10 Upper Deck GU or Autos you may have.
12-27-2012, 03:02 AM #7
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12-27-2012, 03:59 PM #9
Sorry I haven't posted back on this in a few days. Been really busy at work. I contacted 2 other sellers who had sold to this buyer very recently. Both of them had sold multiple items at multiple times. Each said the same thing, that the buyer bought cheap stuff in the first transactions but bought more expensive cards the 2nd time around and claimed nothing had arrived. I reported this to ebay in my claim but I still lost as I am sure they had lost.
12-27-2012, 03:59 PM #10
I like Canadians, they are so very friendly!