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Old 02-28-2008, 02:13 PM   #11
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yes, you're right that the seller doesn't have to pay it; the buyer does. but that's why i said you should mention it as part of the shipping costs or agree to ship it as a gift.
to make the sale in good faith, with no hidden costs.
if it seems like you're scamming someone, they could give you negative feedback.

with all due respect, grillingfool, not mentioning costs is shady business. it's the kind of business practices to be cautious of on ebay.

i sold a wireless headset via ebay to a canuck, and when they shipping company wanted the tax from him, he refused the shipment and threatened to give me negative feedback. i refunded his money without question, even though i was in the right. feedback is an entirely arbitrary thing.
then the shipping company wanted the tax from me, as well as the cost to send it back. i refused to pay it, and one day the headset showed up on my doorstep. i've never heard anything from the shipping company, nor the canadian gov't. on the matter, but i'm sure someday they'll be after a pound of my flesh.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:29 PM   #12
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I'll make it easy, I won't ship internationally, even Canada. I don't even think anyone outside of the US would want this stuff anyway. I took pictures today and didn't realize how many autographed items I have. Hopefully there will be a few NASCAR fans looking for some older signed stuff.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:37 PM   #13
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Remember to describe items fully and provide pictures. Too many ebay noobs post items like "nice red sweater"; no picture, no details; no-one bids, or worse; one person bids.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:00 PM   #14
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Remember to describe items fully and provide pictures. Too many ebay noobs post items like "nice red sweater"; no picture, no details; no-one bids, or worse; one person bids.
Pictures I have in spades. That much I know from buying on Ebay. What I couldn't believe once I started unpacking was how much I actually have.
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:46 PM   #15
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Lots of good advice here.

I've been selling off and on since Oct-17-99.

Learn a little HTML . Here is a good line: <a href="X" target="blank"><img src="Y"></a>

Has to be placed in the HTML editor part of the description.

Replace X with the URL pointing to a large version of the picture, and replace Y with a link to a small, fast loading version of the same graphic. The above will also open the picture in a new tab or browser window.

<P> will end a paragraph and space the next line.


Reserve the right to cancel bids.

Plenty more but Kitchen Duty calls.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:15 PM   #16
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buckytom, you sent the headset by UPS or someone other than the US Postal Service, right?

What you encountered is pretty much ONLY A PROBLEM WITH CANADA... and only if
you ship by someone other than the USPS.

The fee you mention is totally different than the tax possibly imposed by Customs.

For example, let's use your headphones. Say they sold for $100.
Ship via UPS: UPS charges what they call a "brokerage fee". This is to cover their costs
in moving an item across the border and what Canada, for example, might charge them.
A few years back, this fee was at least $45.00.
IT IS NOT A TAX IMPOSED BY THE COUNTRY. It might include a bond to cover the possibility of the tax, but it isn't the tax.
If I remember correctly, Canadians generally have to pay the GST tax of 5% or so, and possibly some other provincial taxes, but that is about it.

Ship the same package via USPS: NO FEE IS CHARGED BY USPS.
(Other than postage, of course.)
IF the package is above a certain value, which varies by country, the recipient MIGHT be charged an import or duty tax.
HOWEVER.... it is THEIR responsibility to know this, and be prepared to pay it.


So, if you sell on ebay, particularly collectibles, you are quite possibly
severely limiting your potential profits by a large amount. Right now, the
dollar is at historic lows, so buyers in other countries are getting great deals.
I ship A LOT to Australia and Canada. If you remove their bids from the items' final selling price, it is often a 15-75% reduction in profit.

OK, lecture over for now, LOLOL
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:20 PM   #17
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We haven't bought or sold a lot of things internationally, but we didn't have any problems shipping to the UK or buying from Australia or Taiwan.

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Old 02-29-2008, 07:19 AM   #18
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thanks grillingfool. you've jogged my memory, and are right. it did ship ups, and i remember when i brought it to the shipping depot, the guy asked if it were a business transaction, or a gift. i asked about the difference, and he said something about a canadian tax, but it might not apply here. he didn't explain it well, but he gave me a price to ship it, and i thought it was done from there.

later, the buyer complained that there was an extra fee being imposed; i vaguely remember something about a brokerage, and then you know the rest.

for me, it was a one time deal, and i learned that canada was a p.i.t.a..

i've heard that the same thing has happened in other countries from some co-workers; i'll try to find out where.

btw, i've never had a problem buying anything.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:01 AM   #19
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LOL, Coincidence or What!

I just got a Happy 5`th Anniversary email from eBay :)
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:56 PM   #20
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Well, bummer. Apparently you have to have money to make money with eBay. I have all my money in cash, no money on the credit card, and without it I can't sell even one car. Frustration abounds.
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