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Old 17 November 2013, 00:23   #1
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New Seller on EBay (me!) - How not to get scammed

You guys seem to be the fleabay experts on here I've never sold anything on ebay but I posted something last week and it "sold".

-I knowingly included "free shipping"
-I specifically limited where I would ship to - "United States"

Some guy from Russia won the auction. How do I deal with this? (I don't want my first seller feedback to be negative) How do I get out of this by abiding by eBay rules?
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Old 17 November 2013, 02:48   #2
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Contact the buyer and refer them back to the original ad, regards free shipping to US only. You could get a price to post overseas and add that to the purchase price and see if they are prepared to pay.

I wouldn't worry about negative feedback. Main thing is communication to try and resolve it, with the emphasis on the purchaser to do the right thing and pay postage. If they won't pay then re-list it. Good luck!
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For this occasion, I'd get a cost to ship it, and then invoice for that (there is an invoice link on one of the screenshots you sent). I'd fully expect him to vapourise (whats his feedback score?). Alternatively you ask him for a US address to ship it it. Never had any success with anything connected with Russia on-line. I'm sure there must be some legitimate people out there but the whole of Russia, Nigeria and Turkey all appear to be always out to scam me! So they instantly set my scam radar on high alert and I'd want to be 100% certain they aren't scamming you. (So make sure the shipping has insurance, tracking etc.)

If the Russian's Nigerian cousin happens to be a King and the King's daughter is stuck in Turkey and just needs to to pay her shipping fee for her and the King will pay you back double run for the hills.
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It will be cheaper to ship to Russia than America. At least it's cheaper to send a letter there.
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@GJ0KYZ did you realise the OP was already in the US?
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It will be cheaper to ship to Russia than America. At least it's cheaper to send a letter there.
When he is in the USA already, think not!
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So, even though it screams scam, play along?

Step 1 - Write him a nice email asking what freight carrier he'd like me to use for shipping from the USA to Russia so I can get a quote.
Step 2 - Wait for him to "pay".

Anything else?
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You can cancel the sale as the buyer has asked you to post to a country that is not on your advert, you can cancel this straight away and get a final credit refund, then you just relist it.

Easy to do, but a bit of a pain for you, but that's ebay...
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Dont worry too much. It may be genuine.

I sold some big speakers to a guy in Tallin (Estonia). He paid then arranged collection himself.

This contrasts to a British git coupe of weeks before. He bought the same speakers and literaly two minutes before i embarked on a 200 mile drive to Doncaster to deliver them, he phoned me to say his wife had a car accident and he couldn't buy them as he needed money for repairs. At least he had the decency to tell me but he didnt tell me that he had just won a simiar pair so i think his wifes accident was not true.

I had the last laugh. The guy from Talin who bought them was a real gent to appreciated what he bought. Because he aporeciated the quality of the speakers, he put in a top bit and i got 100 more than the git from Doncaster who in the end bought a much lesser model as he probably didnt appreciate the difference between a basic set of speakers and my reference speakers.

So just because someone if from an emerging market doesnt mean it is a scam. There may be language difficulties to overcome.
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My sister sold an item on ebay, was payed via PayPal and shipped it to Italy, the buyer said he had not received the item and claimed all his money back via PayPal which was taken off my sister.

So she lost the item, the postage costs and the money from the buyer, to be honest, I would cancel the sale as it's just not worth it.
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