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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
I'm currently selling an item on ebay and have had 2 messages from 2 seperate people who are saying they are from Italy and would i post it to them. They ask how much the postage is and that they can pay by paypal instantly. They both have good feedback but should i trust them? It just seems strange that they are both asking the same sort of question and they are both from Italy?

Opinions please?

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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
what's the item? if it was something unbreakable (book etc) then i'd say no problem, but if electrical I wouldn't bother, not worth the hassle incase of a claim down the line.
#2
Babbabooey
what's the item? if it was something unbreakable (book etc) then i'd say no problem, but if electrical I wouldn't bother, not worth the hassle incase of a claim down the line.


It's a Phone.
#3
post is notoriously dodgy in italy mate i would steer well clear if i were you
#4
I have posted a couple of laptops to italy and other places with no problems. I just make sure I use ParcelForce through Paypal (print my postage link) and insure it to cover the full amount. I personally have not had any issues!
Postage is quite expensive - For the laptop the buyer paid £62 insured upto £500!!

Best of luck
#5
If they're paying first should be no problems - I've sent lots of things...
#6
To much can go wrong keep it in the uk and your be ok.
#7
yeah if they pay first it should be fine. Plus if they have good feedback then thats extra reassurance.
#8
So if i get them to pay via PayPal first and send it with PayPals service am i safe? I mean what could go wrong?
#9
Just confirm to them whether or not you are offering insurance and get them to accept responsibility. If you get monies up front then no problems IMO.
#10
Ha so i've had 3 people for and 3 people against! just my luck :)
#11
ryancs
So if i get them to pay via PayPal first and send it with PayPals service am i safe? I mean what could go wrong?

There is always a risk of you losing money weather you send it out of uk or not!

- If the buyer claims that item is not as described
- Or if the buyer claims that item was broken.

Check with parcelforce if they will cover you for damaged goods. I personally dont see any problems if they have good feedback. Its just like you buying cheaper items from hong kong or US.
#12
ryancs
So if i get them to pay via PayPal first and send it with PayPals service am i safe? I mean what could go wrong?

Just think do you need the hassle and stress if it all goes wrong ?
#13
waterloo
Just think do you need the hassle and stress if it all goes wrong ?


Thats the thing. I really don't want the hassle! I'm leaving for the US next saturday and it's going to be really hard to sort it out if it goes wrong from over there.
#14
Here's my tuppence worth as an ebay seller.

Make Sure that they pay for the postage cost including the insurance and then less risk for you.

We have sent several items to Italy and have not had any negative result but have had from elsewhere even sending in the UK.

People often email about an item if you have it on auction and they want to get it for a better price before the end of the auction. The risk you run is that you end the auction early and they don't pay after bidding and then there is the long drawn out process of unpaid item etc with ebay so you can get your fees back.

Most of the insurance cover relies on the person you have sent it to going and claiming, make this clear to them just in case anything goes wrong, mobiles are VERY desireable to most people no matter where in the world or if they work in a parcel company etc.

We normally use the post office for posting smallish items as it is reasonably priced and the insurance cost is quite small.

BATTY
#15
hi i regularly sell on ebay i never send abroad, heard of scammers from abroad buying phones claiming they are lost and you have to refund money, i have got on my listings no overseas bidders, its just not worth the hassle sell in uk and send it recorded so there are no comebacks do not send until payment is cleared hope this helps
#16
I'd email them some crazy postage cost quote, like x5 the average, see what they say, if they say, oh yes, thats fine, then somethings up.

don't forget people get their ebay accounts hacked. it might not actually be the account holder. They might say the box was empty etc. in which case you lose out. I never post abroad.
#17
Well i think im not going to risk it as i really don't have time to be messing about with something like this. I may do as ChipSticks has said and quote them a really high price and see what they say?
#18
just remember that their feedback may be ok, but it could be a hacked account, my bf had a message from ebay last year saying all his auctions had been removed as it seemed there was a chance his account was compromised, he was like wtf? what auctions? lol. he checked and his account had been hacked and he had loads of fake pink ghds listed lol
#19
Thanks everyone :)

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