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Old 09-01-15, 09:01 PM
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EBay from overseas

Does anyone have any experience purchasing bicycles on ebay from international sellers? I'm looking at a bike in the Netherlands that seems like a great deal. I'm concerned about paying duties or other fees that I don't normally have to. Also any advice on watching for scammers. Thanks
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Old 09-01-15, 09:16 PM
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I've bought stuff through eBay.co.uk using my regular eBay.com login information, it carries over. The important thing I'd say is to follow normal eBay 'best practices'. Check the seller's rating, check to make sure they actually ship internationally and that you're clear on the cost. However, it was only some smaller stuff like brake hoods, etc. Since a bicycle is bound to be more expensive, here's some answers regarding the subject of being in the USA and buying from the UK, maybe it's similar, but it looks like there could potentially be some duty fees, VAT, etc.: Info on Customs Charges when buying from USA - The eBay Community
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Old 09-01-15, 09:23 PM
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Thanks for the link. There was a fee estimator in there that was really helpful. I'm going to take a closer look at the seller. If something seems too good to be true........
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Old 09-01-15, 09:33 PM
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I'm pretty sure you'll have to pay duty fees on anything over 200. Also, expect some slow shipping times. The last part I ordered from a dutch seller on ebay took almost 2 months to arrive.
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Originally Posted by 88prelude View Post
I'm pretty sure you'll have to pay duty fees on anything over 200. Also, expect some slow shipping times. The last part I ordered from a dutch seller on ebay took almost 2 months to arrive.
It really varies. Use the ebay global shipping program and you will pay customs fees. I have never asked for reduced value declarations on the bikes, maybe just roulette luck but no duties have ever been asked.
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Old 09-01-15, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
It really varies. Use the ebay global shipping program and you will pay customs fees. I have never asked for reduced value declarations on the bikes, maybe just roulette luck but no duties have ever been asked.
I agree, a lot of it depends on the shipper. Every time someone has used UPS, they have always hit me up for import taxes (I don't know what I ever did to them). Other shippers are hit and miss. It can be a huge fee though sometimes which is always worth considering in the bid price in case you do get hit with it.
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Old 09-01-15, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by 88prelude View Post
I'm pretty sure you'll have to pay duty fees on anything over 200. Also, expect some slow shipping times. The last part I ordered from a dutch seller on ebay took almost 2 months to arrive.
Yup. You have to pay duty for goods valued at over $200. In general, it can be prohibitively expensive to ship a complete bike from Europe to the States.
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Old 09-01-15, 10:00 PM
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I've purchased lots of parts, a frame, and a full bike from eBay france. The bike cost $190 to ship, but the bike would have probably sold for over $400 here if you could find one. The moral of the story is factor in the high shipping cost.

I've never had anything take 2 months to arrive, worst shipping time was maybe 2 1/2 weeks.
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Old 09-01-15, 10:05 PM
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I've purchased lots of parts, a frame, and a full bike from eBay france. The bike cost $190 to ship, but the bike would have probably sold for over $400 here if you could find one. The moral of the story is factor in the high shipping cost.

I've never had anything take 2 months to arrive, worst shipping time was maybe 2 1/2 weeks.
Freight company charges have to be factored into the cost. If you're not careful, you may pay more in shipping costs than the price of the bike. So perform due diligence in buying one abroad.
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Old 09-01-15, 10:07 PM
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Freight company charges have to be factored into the cost. If you're not careful, you may pay more in shipping costs than the price of the bike. So perform due diligence in buying one abroad.
Exactly. And I did pay more for shipping than the bike. And it was still worth it.
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I bought my Tommasini frame from a Dutch seller. Shipping cost about the same as many domestic sellers charge. No duty fees. It was sent via Dutch post, but I don't remember who delivered it here. I've bought a few smaller items from overseas and haven't had any problems, but I pick my items and sellers pretty carefully.
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i've never heard of paying cutoms in the USA? is it only import stuff like italian bikes?

stuff from china now has 2 or 3 shipping options:

1 - something pretty fast that i never use cause i'm cheap

2 - actual EPacket, which very rarely takes a month, usually 2 weeks or under. this WAS the slowest until recently they introduced:
3 - ECONOMY INTERNATIONAL literally there is stuff listed that will currently have a delivery estimate between november and october 1st. more likely it just wont arrive.

so yeah, 2 month shipping DOES exist. watch out for it and never ever use it.
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I've purchase bikes through ebay from United Kingdom & Poland; never paid duty and shipping was done FedEx and arrived within a week. There is a price for goods & services. Generally, you get what you pay for.
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I've bought parts (under $200) from Poland. No problems at all. I was unaware of the $200 part.
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I have bought frames from Germany and Italy. Upon arrival I paid Canadian sales tax but no duty. Shipping was a week for both. Other small items I have purchased from europe have just arrived at my door. Fees seem to depend on the day or shipper. I have received wheelsets from Wiggle tax and duty free.
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