From: Kvinnherad, Norway
Registered: Oct 2009
posted February 07, 2013 05:06 AM
I find that I have much more luck finding good titles when browsing either the Italian or German eBay, rather than the US or UK. But I agree with Michael, the prices in Italy and Germany seems to be much higher, especially on single reels and such.
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posted February 08, 2013 06:42 AM
Pete, I think the shipping costs from Germany to Australia are too high. And I don't know, what toll-documents a seller needs to ship to Australia. This can be a barrier, too. So it is easier to ship only in Europe or only in Germany.
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posted February 08, 2013 08:24 AM
Yep, i know the problem about sellers not willing to sell or ship abroad: as i'm living in Luxembourg, it only takes you 40 kilometers either direction to find yourself in a foreign country! That's why i registered several "fake adresses" which are actually packing stations in the respective countries where i have them send my parcels. From there, they are forwarded to my home adress. The only hassle remaining is customs concerning US parcels...
From: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Registered: Jun 2003
posted February 08, 2013 10:10 AM
quote: What is frustrating is being in Australia, very few prints ever come up, and sellers in Germany often won't sell to here.
Ebay that makes everything difficult.
If a seller agrees to send to Australia (say the shipping cost would be $40), when you receive the item and say the film is not like as describe (for whatever is the reason), you send the item back to the seller (mandatory).
Once the seller receive the film back, he has to refund full amount that include shipping cost to you (mandatory).
So the seller does not get anything here, but instead loss money ($40) because of shipping. You see how pain is that selling overseas.
From: Gold Coast Australia
Registered: May 2012
posted February 08, 2013 04:03 PM
I find that many sellers are happy to mail to Australia if you send them a message. From my direction, i'm happy to mail anywhere (even Italy - where the post seems to grind to a snail's pace when it lands on their shores).
From: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Registered: Jun 2003
posted February 08, 2013 09:57 PM
quote: Does anyone really decide to return a film?
Pete, if that is the only film you have, most probably not.
But if the buyer is buying because trying to replace his current print, then 80% buyer wishes to return if finding it is the same fade with his current.
A stupid buyer just returned my film for the sake of fading which I described clearly as "the film is fading".
Ebay agents did not understand this term and kept insisting me to give a full refund. Since paypal is also an Ebay subsidiary, Ebay held my fund.
I don't know what is this seen from fair trading, but Ebay has always succeded to do this.
So beware with a buyer who is buying because of the reason of finding a better print.
ps: and you know what... Ebay even will not refund the final value fee and the final value fee on shipping which seller has shared with Ebay, although the seller gives a full refund.
Saying you sold a $1000 item and send via the most secure shipping available which cost you $100 and you are an honest seller which did not mark up anything on shipping. Ebay took 9% out of $1000 (say $90) + 10% out of $100 (say $10).
Then when a buyer return the item, you will loose $100 for the shiping plus another $100 for those fees.
From: Gt. Clifton,Cumbria,England
Registered: Jan 2012
posted February 09, 2013 06:08 AM
I agree Winbert that the way some buyers treat the seller is atrocious, those examples in a different thread with yourself and Osi highlight this. So far I have been fortunate in having dealt with reputable people on ebay.Although there is also the other side of the coin where an advertiser sells a print and makes no mention that it is a poor copy.It pays to make the relevant enquiries before the sale ends, but in your latest case of having to pay all costs through someone "trying it on" is not acceptable.
posted February 09, 2013 09:16 AM
I have noticed that many german sellers doesn´t offer Paypal, just bank transfers. I hate bank transfers, and it usually tooks 2-3 days. But the problem is that I found many sellers who doesn´t want to sell abroad. I found it stupid in Europe. We don´t have customs, and shipping is paid by buyers. What do you prefer, a national market or a european one? I prefer a worldwide market for my auctions. But the european one is better as it becomes as easy as the national. Couriers works fine at 99.9%. I used to buy german articles and receive them at a cheap price and one to two weeks delivering time. From U.K. an envelope use to be at my door in just a few days. But many U.K. sellers doesn´t sell abroad too. About our hobby articles, I have learned that there are nothing in the USA compared with Europe. Maybe the earlier launch of video in the states would be the reason? The market I would like to have is the japanish one, but I don´t have any idea how to search there due to the language.