i have bought and sold to folks overseas, and really have no problems ...
not only cameras/lenses, but silver recovery equipment ( silver magnets and trickle tanks &C )
the only problem i have is that i feel sorry for people mainly because if they buy something
for $X.oo$ they will get nailed with a brokerage fee, and a customs fee so it ends up
being even more expensive for them.
it isn't so much that it is a PITA to ship overseas, or whatever, it is that i get a sinking feeling
in my stomach because of all the extra fees ...
i guess the buyers add all the extra fees into whatever it is they are buying to decide if it is worth the expense.
CONNUS people have no idea how good they have it ...
Actually, the "ConUS" term is a bit of a misnomer (unless quoting a price including shipping), as shipping domestic US to Alaska and Hawaii is just as easy, though perhaps more expensive.
I've had no issues with international shipping, maybe lucky. I often have the option of shipping from a small PO that is close and rarely has a significant wait. But if I need to ship at large PO, that means a trip and a 10-15 minute wait in line. Not worth it for a small dollar item, but I find that international buyers are usually willing to wait a few extra days (if disclosed in advance) to avoid a special trip to the PO.
I'm amazed at how cheap it is to ship international first class parcel. And surprisingly fast. But it does mean a trip to the PO and offers no tracking or insurance.
These comments about the seller being forced to refund even with proof of shipment are disturbing. I also found it a bit difficult to believe so I looked at ebay's policies and saw "If the shipping company confirmed the item was delivered, we consider this proof that you sent it.". Note that it says "was delivered", not "was shipped". I'll make sure to require insurance on anything international where there is a greater chance of a package being lost.
"Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer
I've had no problems shipping items sold on ebay to foreign addresses. It does help that my local post office is pretty knowledgeable about shipping options and customs forms. This could be a problem in smaller cities where the staff is less familiar with what needs to be done.
it's even a hassle to ship to Hawaii, and Alaska.
My last package to Hawaii took almost three weeks by USPS Parcel Post.
I'll most likely keep my deliveries with the 48 states in the future......
Alaska and Hawaii are part of the US, so no customs, special forms, etc. And USPS Priority Mail takes only a few days to get a package from NYC to me in Alaska. If the buyer is willing to pay the postage, what's the problem?
With the USPS you don't have to ship overseas to have problems.
In August 2010 I sold and shipped a book to someone in NY City, I shipped it from Florida.
5 months later the buyer told me he never got it. I thought it was odd he waited 5 months but had no reason to doubt him so I refunded his money.
The book showed back up at my house 3 days ago, almost 2 years after I sent it.
It had a sticker with checkboxes to indicate the reason for not being delivered but none of the boxes were checked. They don't call it US Post Office for nothing, maybe only English folks will understand that bit.