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?