Drop Shipping - important clarification needed please

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thedvdmovieman
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11 Dec 07 11:48:07 am
I'm sure many others would like the answer to this question. If you don't live within the country you propose to dropship items to, is this permited on Ebay or Ebid? I live in New Zealand and i'm trying to offer a dropship service for the UK. Am I supposed to give a fake address or something? Is that the way to go?



Please, I NEED AN ANSWER!!!

Thanks for your help guyz, I love this community!

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grahamg
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11 Dec 07 05:16:25 pm
Ok, I have sold in the USA even though Im in the UK, with items being dropshipped. Now there are 2 things to watch out for....

All I did was list them and change the location from my native UK to USA - thats the main thing but put in your ad that the goods will be shipped from the UK if they are being shipped from the UK - UK buyers get funny otherwise!

I sold DVD and PS2 Games to American ebayers.

The thing to be careful of though, is (and unfortunately I have found this at my cost), there is a core of buyers who when you ship the item will claim that they havent received it - when they have! Because there is no proof of them receiving it - no signature from recipiant.

This cost me around

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thedvdmovieman
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18 Dec 07 01:42:25 am
I believe this is a good topic, it makes me wonder why there is no interest shown by other members! It's a known problem!

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18 Dec 07 03:57:59 am
I have sold hundreds of DVDs and cds and never had one person claim they didn't get it.

As a matter of fact, I have sold about 50,000$ worth of stuff on both my eBay accounts this year and have been ripped-off only once for 300$. Thats less than 1/10th of a percent. And I was stupid on that one and have since put in certain precautions to not let that happen again.

For DVDs and CDs, I dont think the values is worth the trouble to rip someone off for. Whats 10$ to a criminal. They would have to do a dispute about 50 times to make it worthwhile. Paypal would catch on pretty quick.

You only really have to start worrying with items over 50$.

If someone complains about an item, I normally send a fast refund unless its an obvious scam. I always get a great FB when I do this. Unless the item is over 10 or 20$ I let them keep it.

Of course I do a lot on consignment and the supplier doesnt complain as long as I document it. But still who cares about 10 refunds out of 300 to 500 sales per month.

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grahamg
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19 Dec 07 05:29:11 pm
But planes your selling in the US where buyers are more honest, in the UK its nothing but scum!

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planes
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19 Dec 07 11:37:21 pm
But planes your selling in the US where buyers are more honest, in the UK its nothing but scum!


That is surprising to me as well. I sold about 5000$ worth of the 939 socket AMD processor this year to UK buyers without a hitch. Granted it was to four buyers.

And I have sold about 10 items from my collectibles account to england, also without a problem.

Thats an inverted idea to me because I have always though UK buyers were more honest.

The only place I have ever had problems was with a buyer from Russia and is where I got my one rip-off for 300.00.
As I later learned, Russia is famous for scamming
and Italy has a Postal service issue with items being stolen.

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20 Dec 07 04:01:33 am
Scammers exist everywhere, it depends your luck!Anyway,be careful before you deal with others!Research as much information as you can about him.

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mvm
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20 Dec 07 03:37:37 pm
Hello All
I agree about there being a big issue with scammers, internationally.

We sold dvds on ebay for many years. Rules we learned through trial and error...

If you accept paypal, only ship to a confirmed address, period.

If you ship outside the country you live in, make sure you only offer shipping methods that provide tracking numbers. If not, there are many buyers looking to scam you as mentioned above, they will indicate they did not receive the item, when indeed they have. If you cant ship an item with tracking, DONT SHIP IT. You absolutely have to cover yourself this way, which is unfortunate, but a part of dealing with online business.

Good luck to all those starting out. Its not easy making a profit on ebay, nearly impossible these days for start ups. There are many other avenues to persue outside ebay. Just have to do research and put in lots of hard work.

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13 May 10 12:56:06 am
Ok, I have sold in the USA even though Im in the UK, with items being dropshipped. Now there are 2 things to watch out for....

All I did was list them and change the location from my native UK to USA - thats the main thing but put in your ad that the goods will be shipped from the UK if they are being shipped from the UK - UK buyers get funny otherwise!

I sold DVD and PS2 Games to American ebayers.

The thing to be careful of though, is (and unfortunately I have found this at my cost), there is a core of buyers who when you ship the item will claim that they havent received it - when they have! Because there is no proof of them receiving it - no signature from recipiant.

This cost me around


hey mate..as you say that..but didnt you have tracking numbers for the items you sent to be dropshipped? im thinking about doing the same thing here in nz

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13 May 10 01:25:07 am
Hi spiderchimp,

You can drop ship products from anywhere, to anywhere despite your location. The thing to remember is eBay's location policy: The location listed must be the location of the product despatch, not the sellers location as such.

Plenty of people don't indicate the correct location in their listings, but that is outside of eBay's policy rules, and if someone reports you for it they will be in contact with you in regards to the policy breach.


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