I in concept have no issue with sending stuff overseas but this is why I hesitate.
There are tariff laws and I know some examples where you ship something, with a declared value and if the buyer does not pay/his her tariff charges, the sender gets some sort of additional charge and becomes responsible for these charges. As a result, I prefer to use fed ex overseas where I can check a box that states the recipient is responsible for all such charges. Many times the buyer wants me to declare a lower value, if indeed he/she is willing to forgo any responsibility from me if the item is damaged or lost in the process. I have had a number of items that I have either ordered or received held up in customs and sometimes for many days for whatever reason, many of which are quite ridiculous albeit sometimes a form has the wrong box checked. Most folks do not want me to use fed ex because of the extra cost. I understand fed ex is more expensive than USPS but I feel like I have some protection. Moreover, for me I have a fed ex dropoff near my office. Going to do USPS requires me to go to the post office, which takes a substantial bit of time. Finally, I would say that the number of forms that I have to fill out to ship also makes it more difficult. Since I have done more overseas transactions, it becomes easier but it still takes more time. Hence I think if you add up all these issues, you can see why some US sellers are more reluctant to send stuff overseas. Nonetheless, I know I want to be reasonable and will send stuff overseas if the buyer is willing to pay the extra fed ex charges, and if fed ex will deliver to that part of the world.
I have also gotten numerous number of scam events including the attempt to send a money order with extra funds that i am supposed to reimburse. It sounded fishy to me. What convinced me it was a fraud was that it became clear that the person who wanted to purchase the item did not even know what it was for. He told me he was a buyer for someone else. So I told him my terms of the deal. If a money order is sent, I need to have it clear the bank before i ship, no extra funds, etc. Never heard back from him.
As a Kiwi (a New Zealander) who is new to on line trading and has recently been keen to buy photographic equipment on this and the Large Format site as well as Ebay, I'm horrified!!
I can't do it!
Not because I haven't got the money, not because I don't use Paypal, not because I want it too cheap - NO, its just because I'm not from the USA.
It takes no more to pack and post to an international adress than a domestic one!
So, I'm keen to know why this is, have you become a "Financial Fortress'" not heard of the "Global Economy" .
Ah well, never mind, with some deals I've looked at I would even have been prepared to wait until the money was actually in the sellors piggy bank before asking for it to be sent! Am I stupid or what?
I like to think MOST people are basically pretty damn honest.
Sense frustration, well your right!
PS Anyone got a tidy Arcbody kit they are willing to sell to a KIWI?