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Old 11-03-11, 12:02 PM   #1
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Ebay frustrations with international bidders

I don't like the hassle of international shipping so I always state in my auctions that I'll only ship within the United States. I also select the option that's suppose to block bidders in areas that I don't ship to. Regardless, international bidders still win my auctions and cause a significant inconvenience. Ebay charges me a percentage of the "sale" until a dispute can be resolved.

I'm considering putting a statement at the end of all of auctions stating, "If you purchase this item and cannot provide a US shipping address, I will not refund your money. Instead, I will hold your item indefinitely until such time that you do provide me with a US shipping address." I have a feeling that ebay/paypal will not back me up on that and that the buyer will just be able to file their own dispute and get a refund. It's frustrating because it seems the international bidders can hose my auctions and I have no real recourse to stop it.

Has anyone else dealt with this?
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Old 11-03-11, 01:58 PM   #2
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you can charge inconvenience fees, if the buyer is not abiding by the terms, as far as I'm aware.
Basically a partial refund.
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There is a setting where you can make it that only people in the Country or Countries you wish to ship to can bid. I only ship to the US.
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