IUnknown wrote in post #11217840
I'd say its both. In my experience shipping to some countries can take a month (buyers always want the cheapest form of shipping). So you have to wait longer to see if the transaction gets screwed up. I've also been burned in the past, and other systems don't seem as reliable.
Its also laziness, I don't ship a lot and getting a quote on shipping seems problematic. I end up quoting the wrong amount, get to the PO and end up paying another $30 that I didn't plan on. If your not used to selling, why sign up for all the headaches when there is just as much as a demand locally?
For us we walk into the post office, pickup an express international freight satchel, declare it to be non DG (by signing once) and nominate a value, pick an insurance option, label it, seal and send. Given the feedback here my opinion of Australia Post which was already high is going through the roof.
tkbslc wrote in post #11217933
Businesses have incentive to sell to as many people as possible. A used seller is generally not trying to maximize profit, just convert an item into cash. It is different. I don't make any extra money if I have 3 people that want my lens because I only have one to sell.
Let's turn this around and I'll ask if you were selling a lens and had two buyers contact you, one from AUS and the other from the US. Who would you prefer to sell to?
The one who paid me a fair price the fastest, assuming delivery costs are at the buyers cost.... On ebay I only deal through paypal and make every payment within 5 minutes of winning the auction, never had an issue. But, I have never sold anything there, I wasn't deliberately being critical, I was wondering why I was being excluded from buying...
photoguy6405 wrote in post #11220984
I have changed my mind a few times and shipped international, and to be honest it always got there just fine without a hitch, but I have also underestimated the shipping charges multiple times and ended up putting out more money than I should have. I always absorbed the cost as I considered it my mistake, but I don't even want to take a chance anymore.
I'm sorry if this is viewed as lazy or uncooperative, and I certainly am sympathetic to your plights, but my experience is that it is a big hassle. Especially when I can get the same money without locally without the hassle or worry.
Just to clear up the "laziness" comment, in my head I was thinking "not worth the effort", not that the effort wouldn't be made, if that makes sense