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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:18 pm 
 

Is it uncool to open up shipping internationally after an item has received a bid?    I got an email asking me to do so.   The only reason I don't have international shipping available is because I'm new and don't really understand it.   It seems like some sellers have had problems with it.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:21 pm 
 

no thats fine..
happens all the time.. you might have to add them to your exceptions list so they can bid, it depends on how the auction is set up.. you might want to look at the feedback of the buyer as well.. look at the feedkback left for others..

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:22 pm 
 

You'll typically make more on an auction, especially for a rare or "wanted" item... so, unless you don't want to ship internationally, or don't like money, I'd say keep it local-only.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:51 pm 
 

So far I have had really good luck shipping internationally.  My only hiccup so far has been an extremely long hold time in customs (it did finally reach its destination without complaint from the buyer so all was well with the world).  

A couple of things to consider if shipping internationally is that insurance can only be added to certain shipping types and tracking is only available on certain shipping types.  Ebay will not give you any protection if you cannot prove that you shipped it to the proper place/person.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:14 pm 
 

yes, most (not all) are very patient when it comes to shipping times...

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:53 pm 
 

The reason I don't ship internationally is paypal. They require a tracking number and if you ship without one then you take a gamble with the order. If the item goes missing on the way or if the customer says they didn't receive it, you are simply screwed.

Has this changed? Can you ship internationally with tracking now or does paypal still require a tracking number to secure the transaction for the seller?

  


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:20 pm 
 

JasonZavoda wrote:The reason I don't ship internationally is paypal. They require a tracking number and if you ship without one then you take a gamble with the order. If the item goes missing on the way or if the customer says they didn't receive it, you are simply screwed.

Has this changed? Can you ship internationally with tracking now or does paypal still require a tracking number to secure the transaction for the seller?


pretty sure you can track with priority international.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:38 pm 
 

Thanks everyone.   When I look at the usps site it says you can't have tracking on flat rate envelopes and small flat rate boxes.  Yet in another spot it doesn't mention this.  I guess I'll have to call but I haven't figured out how to open the auction up to international shipping anyway.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:05 pm 
 

You can send it Registered Mail. It is expensive, $12 or so on top of the Priority price.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:15 pm 
 

RaisedFromTheDead wrote:You can send it Registered Mail. It is expensive, $12 or so on top of the Priority price.


Can someone link the pages on the USPS site where this is covered? I believe that the minimum priority price to qualify for tracking was $25 or over as well.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:17 am 
 

I use the paypal provided postage printing thingie (damn, that's a lot of P words) and it provides delivery confirmation for all of it's options (for .18 ).  That's one way to make sure you're covered is to use the service provided by the company (not to mention it mirrors the tracking information to the customer).


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:26 pm 
 

USPS offers international tracking with Priority Mail (except Flat Rate Envelope) and the other, more expensive services (Express Mail, etc).
As an international buyer, I can attest to that. I have also had packages sent without tracking (First Class Mail) and they arrived without problem, with the usual delivery times of around 4 weeks. But, as was said, PayPal requires tracking, so not shipping with it is a risk that the seller should know he is taking.

Here is a link to the USPS Postage Price Calculator, which in turn has information on which shipping methods have tracking.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:35 pm 
 

I ship internationally all the time.  The dollar is relatively weak, so our prices are more attractive.  As many of you know, I ship mostly minis, and many of my auctions sell for $3.00 to $5.00, so I just don't pay for insurance or registered mail unless someone makes a large or expensive order.  I just wouldn't much money anyway.

Maybe this is bad karma, but I've had very few non-receipt claims over the years, and I've come out way ahead by basically self insuring.  My customers are certainly a lot happier by not paying outrageous shipping fees, and I get plenty of repeat customers.  The few non-receipt claims I've had has resulted in my blocking that buyer and requiring insurance on all future purchases from that country for a year or so.  I insure using registered mail which includes about $50.00 of free insurance and it satisfies the tracking requirement by Paypal.  Overall, gamers are an honest bunch.

I say, ship internationally! 8)


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:08 pm 
 

Dimitri Mazieres wrote:USPS offers international tracking with Priority Mail (except Flat Rate Envelope)

Yes, this is what the usps.com web site says.

However, I used PayPal twice lately to buy international postage using a USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope (making that specific selection via the PayPal postage interface), and both times it added tracking information to the order and pushed the info onto the corresponding ebay listing.

Of course, this doesn't mean the package is actually tracked. I'll check in a few days...


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:52 pm 
 

I know I can edit my wording to say I'll ship internationally but will international bidders be allowed by eBay to bid?   Is there something else I have to do?

  


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:30 am 
 

If you dont mark the auction with international shipping you might have to individually authorize bidders (not sure how that would work since I haven't had to do it before).   The auction will show in their native version of ebay if you list it with international shipping (increasing your bidding pool).


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:10 am 
 

95%+ of my purchases are international... usually if an auction doesn't specify worldwide or North American shipping, I just pass it by.

I ran across a seller once (forget who) who tagged his auctions "I specialize in international shipping!"... that got my attention :)

I would think increasing attention to your auctions would only mean more bidders = more sales.

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