The Rock Cycle
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
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Shipping road bike frame from US to Australia
I recently put an expensive road bike frame ($2k) on ebay as a Buy it Now. I had a person buy it within 24 hours, which is great. The person is a buyer in Australia. My ebay ad did not explicitly say anything about international buyer (maybe I should have specified whether it was ok or not), but the shipping said Ships to US and I had a flat shipping fee listed.
This buyer paid immediately with paypal, but he only paid for the bike frame. He explained that he did not yet pay for the shipping because pp wouldn't let him because he was not in the US. He said he frequently gets frames from the US for 70-100 USD shipping cost.
So, ok, I said I would ship it to Aus for actual shipping cost. I am in the process of collecting enough packing material to ready this frame for int'l shipment (pack extra well) so I don't have dimensions and weight of a box yet to calculate shipment cost.
The buyer has 100%/600+ ebay feedback with other US transactions on bike parts but I'm concerned that if the shipping cost is extreme (much more than 70-100 USD) that he will be a problem and try to back out. It's not my problem that he didn't ask about int'l shipping cost ahead of time.
I shipped a cheap bike frame to France several years ago via USPS but things may have changed since then. I am wondering about customs declarations for a $2k bike frame. And which service might be best? USPS, UPS, FedEx?
I also plan on documenting the packing process (taking lots of pictures) to prove it left my hands in perfect condition, in case it gets damaged in shipping.
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX