[vcf-midatlantic] Ebay International Shipping Improvement

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Thu Sep 14 18:56:10 EDT 2017

I sold a B500 that way recently, I believe to Italy.

I have been and will be putting a few more items on Ebay this week.  I kind
of wanted to take a week off of programming and clear out at random items
based on the size boxes I have lying around, which I also have too many
of.  I have a few more boxes left.  I have a lot of
duplicates/triplicates/quadruplicates of things.


On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 5:52 PM, Tony Bogan via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> > 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.
> Tony

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