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Old 03-06-2014, 09:33 PM
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Can someone tell me why so many US vendors on Ebay refuse to sell to overseas buyers? It's infuriating when you find the drum of your dreams at a great price and then find that they'll only deal with US buyers. Hey guys, its big world out there! You should try living here on a tiny island at the bottom of the world where EVERYTHING comes from or goes overseas. Having said that, New Zealand really is the best country in the world! Rant over.
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:57 AM
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Practically every time I sell on eBay, I get someone from Brazil asking if I'll sell to them, and it's a huge pain to do on my end. If I got a message from any other place, I'd consider it (and also look up if there are any big issues shipping there).
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:13 AM
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Can someone tell me why so many US vendors on Ebay refuse to sell to overseas buyers?
I'm gonna suggest that due to their market being so huge, they simply don't have to in order to maximise their exposure. I guess it's a case of why bother with the hassle of international shipping if you really don't have to.

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Having said that, New Zealand really is the best country in the world! Rant over.
Then what the hell are you all doing over here? :-)
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:19 AM
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the big reason is customs and shipping hassles for international. even from USA to Canada it can be a hassle. eBay is simply no fun anymore anyway. too much skimming by eBay.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:44 AM
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There is also much greater risk of getting scammed. If someone in the US tries to ripoff someone else in the US, there are plenty of legal options to pursue. If someone in Nigeria rips you off, its generally f^$% you. Of course, this varies greatly from country to country, but most of us are not international lawyers, so it is easier to simply say, "sorry US only". Sorry.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:31 AM
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I put in a "Best Offer" on a Yamaha snare on eBay from a US vendor, who advertised he shipped worldwide (including Australia). He did not respond, so I up'ed my offer to $220 (the BuyItNow price was $250). No response again, but a few days later the item was sold for $180. How does that work?

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Old 03-07-2014, 05:43 AM
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If by vendors, you mean random individuals selling used stuff, then the answer is, for most its a big risk and a hassle. If by vendors you mean "drum shop", it seems most will, although the shipping is quite high.

I sell quite a few cymbals and I've sent two to Canada and one all the way to Australia. I had no problems with any of the transactions. I got the money upfront, I went to US postal service website and filled out the postage/customs form, and scheduled the item for pickup. But a cymbal is a relatively small package weighing only a few pounds, so my prices were competitive for buyers even after adding anywhere from $40 to $75 for shipping.

I would probably never consider shipping anything much bigger or heavier than that, though.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:28 PM
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Paperwork.

To ship something from the from anywhere in the USA to anywhere in the USA, just slap a label on the box, and have it picked up. Super easy.

To ship to another country, you have to fill out paperwork. And the paperwork can be a pain if you don't do it all the time. If you don't have an international account set up with a shipping provider, you're going to have to go down to their office.

The extra hassle and expense just isn't worth it to most people.

As Pocket said, there are enough buyers in the USA that there is little incentive to go through the extra hassle of international shipping. And as mentioned, scammers have soured many people from doing international business.
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