[vcf-midatlantic] Ebay International Shipping Improvement

Tony Bogan thebogans at mac.com
Thu Sep 14 17:52:16 EDT 2017

> On Sep 14, 2017, at 5:31 PM, Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> I've used the eBay international shipping handoff - I found it works well,
> and was easier than diddling with the customs forms myself.
> -J
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 7:08 AM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> If you're like me, you use Ebay to sell vintage computers to make space or
>> for extra cash (so you can buy other vintage computers...).  It's a nice
>> efficient way to sell.
>> Given the dollar exchange rate has declined 30% this year prices are
>> cheaper to an international buyer.   You maximize profit if you sell
>> internationally and given you are hit with 10% fee you want to maximize the
>> sales price.  Problem *was* there are too many variables and taxes to
>> track, custom forms, insurance, etc.  International shipping has always
>> been a problem because it's so hard to predict the actual cost, and I have
>> been burned a few times with shipping costs. Slowly Ebay has been working
>> to make this better.
>> Recently Ebay has made available a new shipping option called "Global
>> Shipping Program" that allows a person to ship their internationally-sold
>> items to a hub in the US (Kentucky), and after that I guess the buyer deals
>> with the shipping the rest of the way.    A lot of people bust on Ebay, but
>> this is really a nice feature and it really reduces the hassle for the
>> seller.  In short, now everything I sell is treated like domestic shipping,
>> no customs no guessing.   25-50% of my sales are international.
>> I don't want to get into a big thing about whether Ebay is good/bad but in
>> this case - Ebay: Well done.
>> Bill

^^ what he said.
My experience with eBay global shipping he been nothing but positive so far. In the past I did not do international shipping other than with buyers I added to my exempted buyer list (those I would have contact with and were from countries I was willing to ship to....no Bulgaria, no china etc)

I've now started to allow international buyers to bid on some of my auctions as a result of the global shipping program.

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