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I just sold 10 1/32 cars on the Bay. Two went to Australia, one to Germany and one to Spain. What in the world is going on??? Is that just my experience or is this happening to everyone who is selling on the bay? International stuff can be tricky because of customs and the shipping times and costs. In the past I excluded international bidders, but I opened it up a couple months ago to overseas. Hope I don't regret that decision.

And is all the money out of the good ol' US of A??? Or is it because everyone here already has the cars they want? They were all analog cars, does that mean something???:confused::confused:
 

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Being from "overseas" myself...

... I always was wondering, why so many sellers from the US refuse to ship outside the USA!?

As a seller I never ever had a problem with selling sltcar stuff all around the world. Even w/o tracking etc. each and every package reached its destination (in either way across the pond).

Shipping worldwide just enhances your "potential customership" and the more bidders you have the more likely you´ll get some good $$$ (or €€€) for your stuff...

On your latter question I don´t have a clue - besides being more an anlog HO guy I could imagine that modern digital stuff is more appealing to the younger ones. Old farts like me who prefer collecting and racing the "classic" way probably are more interested in analog cars?

BTW: Aren´t we all "from overseas"? Just depends on your point of view...! ;-)

Best regards and greetings from Germany

Claus
 

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Hi Claus;

I have bought over 100 items from outside of the USA, mostly from Germany, and never had a problem so in some ways I like ebay being a global marketplace. But the problem is that there always seems to be some problem. Shipping to Australia is really expensive. And when there is a problem they blame the seller and send threats, instead of taking responsibility for the problem or trying to work out the problem.

And I was really just asking the question in a general sense; if there seems to be more demand from overseas than in the US for these types of cars.
 

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... I always was wondering, why so many sellers from the US refuse to ship outside the USA!?

As a seller I never ever had a problem with selling sltcar stuff all around the world. Even w/o tracking etc. each and every package reached its destination (in either way across the pond).

Shipping worldwide just enhances your "potential customership" and the more bidders you have the more likely you´ll get some good $$$ (or €€€) for your stuff...

On your latter question I don´t have a clue - besides being more an anlog HO guy I could imagine that modern digital stuff is more appealing to the younger ones. Old farts like me who prefer collecting and racing the "classic" way probably are more interested in analog cars?

BTW: Aren´t we all "from overseas"? Just depends on your point of view...! ;-)

Best regards and greetings from Germany

Claus
hi,
when i was selling custom ho's on ebay several years back... i did world wide...
Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, ect...

the 1 problem ( i avoided by sending ALL sales 1st class insured ) was that sometimes things "Disapear" going through some country's customs.....

insured, seems 2 eliminate most of this due to making a papertrail of the item's where abouts....

costs abit more, BUT the customer GETS the item... :thumbsup:

just my 2cents...

Bubba 123
 

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You can have problems overseas and national....reason is the Overseas or US post., so you can eleminate some trouble if you restrict the destination countrys.
Spain,Italy and some more countrys have poor performance working postal services....so you can switch your ebay rules to worldwide with some denied destinations, so you are on the safer side.

I send over the last years lots of stuff to the US (from Germany ) and received more from the US, all without any trouble ( over 1900 feedbacks ).
 

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I'm happy to buy stuff from overseas, living in England it's too restrictive to only get things from your own country. Never had any problems either, except for buying too much stuff of course...
 

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Same thing here in France, some parts and cars (especially HO) are really difficult to buy in Europe, so I buy them in USA.


Shipping from usa to France is pretty safe, Germany to France also (since germany is probably the 2nd world source for ho slot stuff). I never had any problem.
 

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I just sold 10 1/32 cars on the Bay. Two went to Australia, one to Germany and one to Spain. What in the world is going on??? Is that just my experience or is this happening to everyone who is selling on the bay? International stuff can be tricky because of customs and the shipping times and costs. In the past I excluded international bidders, but I opened it up a couple months ago to overseas. Hope I don't regret that decision.

And is all the money out of the good ol' US of A??? Or is it because everyone here already has the cars they want? They were all analog cars, does that mean something???:confused::confused:
The money isnt gone in the Good ole U.S.A it that most people want a low ball price in America. And you cant blame them,there are lots more slot cars in America than any other country. So they have more choices.
One other thing to think about is There are more people in the world that like slot cars than just America. It really is international.
Im an American living in Japan,and my choices from Ebay are very limited because people dont sell overseas,so I pay more the the item and more for shipping,of course i dont really need anything but I will spend double or triple what I would if I live in America right now.
To protect yourself NEVER mark anything as a gift. Even if the buyer asks,customs can hold anything,so if they see a nice big box labeled $20.00 gift thats a red flag. Again the buyer doesnt have to like it but nobody needs slot cars so if they dont have the cash to pay customs then they shouldnt be buying it anyway.
So if you want to make money sell world wide,take the extra 30 seconds to fill out the form and see you average price of your car that you sell go up and selling quicker.
Good luck
 

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Thanks for your input, all of you gave me insight that makes me understand your situation a lot better. I really did wonder why some guys paid so much for some of the cars they bought.
 
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