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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby Riff Magnum on Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:53 pm

Anyone have any tips on selling/shipping to Europe? I got a guy in Italy wanting to buy my old Standel off of Reverb. He has a friend in Switzerland that i'm gonna ship it to, since dealing with customs in Italy seems rather daunting. He seems legit, but it's a lot of money and it's weird to think about a guitar going across an ocean and mountains and shit.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby elisha wiesner on Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:44 pm

I've shipped a ton of stuff to Europe, including many guitars. Pack it well and send it USPS Priority International. I've never had any issues with international shipping except to Italy. I refuse to ship there at this point.

Does is have a Rosewood fingerboard? If so, it is is actually illegal to ship overseas do to CITES regulations unless you get paperwork for it. You'll probably be fine but it's something to think about.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby Riff Magnum on Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:42 pm

No rosewood.
USPS online is saying my package is too big. 50"x30"x8" I'm guessing it's 30lbs but i don't have a scale so i'm not sure. Big hollow body jazz guitar, plus case, plus heavy duty box and packing material. I dunno.
UPS and Fedex are quoting me like $800. Fuck that!!
It's a $3500 guitar and I need that money though.
Oddly enough my bassist is going to Italy to teach this summer. He said he'd take it. Dunno If that makes it easier to get through customs or if it would still be a hassle. Might offer to hold it for the guy till June if he pays me more.

Edit: It's 51"x20"x10"
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:56 pm

To speak nothing of the issues around shipping to Italy - maybe the guy will pay $800 to ship it.

Once I found this old black line SVT covered in rat fur locally for $400. I had it retolexed and cleaned up by my tech and listed it at a more appropriate price. Some dude from Germany wanted it but I told him no way. He hired somebody from Houston to come pick it up from me and he shipped it to him. Some people just live on a different planet.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby JohnnySomersett on Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:22 pm

llllllllllllllllllllllll wrote:To speak nothing of the issues around shipping to Italy - maybe the guy will pay $800 to ship it.

Once I found this old black line SVT covered in rat fur locally for $400. I had it retolexed and cleaned up by my tech and listed it at a more appropriate price. Some dude from Germany wanted it but I told him no way. He hired somebody from Houston to come pick it up from me and he shipped it to him. Some people just live on a different planet.


I had one of those Peavey Bass 400 monsters briefly and some guy from the Netherlands paid someone to pick it up, pack and ship it. Fuck knows how much it cost him but he obviously was adamant he needed to own it!

I hope his back is okay, that thing weighed about 120lbs!
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby elisha wiesner on Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:34 pm

Fuck Italy! Seriously. It's the only place in the world that I don't ship but I recently made an exception after a buyer wrote to me and said he would accept the shipping risk. The package has disappeared into what ever postal hell all packages in Italy disappear to and the buyer opened a case against me with ebay and I just had to refund him $150.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby Riff Magnum on Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:47 am

He lives in Italy but i'm shipping it to his friend in Switzerland. How picky is customs and the US government on declared value? Seems like under $2500 is pretty easy and over $2500 is a pain in the ass paperwork wise. My guitar is right on that line. Probably gonna sell for $3000 but I"m not "making" $3000 on it.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby gnangle on Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:31 am

Riff Magnum wrote:No rosewood.
USPS online is saying my package is too big. 50"x30"x8" I'm guessing it's 30lbs but i don't have a scale so i'm not sure. Big hollow body jazz guitar, plus case, plus heavy duty box and packing material. I dunno.
UPS and Fedex are quoting me like $800. Fuck that!!
It's a $3500 guitar and I need that money though.
Oddly enough my bassist is going to Italy to teach this summer. He said he'd take it. Dunno If that makes it easier to get through customs or if it would still be a hassle. Might offer to hold it for the guy till June if he pays me more.

Edit: It's 51"x20"x10"


it is because its greater than 48 inches(4ft). hard to believe that those 3 inches make that much of a difference. i ship my instruments in 48 inch long boxes and usually get them there for under 200 usd.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby andyman on Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:35 pm

elisha wiesner wrote:Fuck Italy! Seriously. It's the only place in the world that I don't ship but I recently made an exception after a buyer wrote to me and said he would accept the shipping risk. The package has disappeared into what ever postal hell all packages in Italy disappear to and the buyer opened a case against me with ebay and I just had to refund him $150.


Ouch. Italy's postal service is pretty fucked up. Things tend to arrive, but with huge delays. CJ shipped me a guitar as "return of property" or something and after an extra 2 weeksish I got a customs note saying they want me to fill out some info. All the info on the form was already on the shipment notice it went out with, so all they got extra was my signature. A week later it shows up with a €20 delivery fee from the customs dicks. I tried emailing them to ask WTF, through the address I'd sent the form back to (and from which I got a lightning fast response), and they didn't respond. Twice.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby chris jury on Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:56 pm

Well, over the last couple weeks I had another couple awesome experiences with buys.

-sold a pair of steel toe doc martens. Nice boots, in very good shape. I properly oiled them so they would look their best and be waterproof for the new owner. The oil can have a slight white haze when it gets very cold -just a wipe w/ the hand will remove it...but this buyer decided it was 'mold' and demanded a return...oh, and it turns out accepting returns doesn't change the fact that I had to pay return shipping. Boots came back- there is no 'mold'

-Sold an xbox controller for like $7. buyer then demands some sort of adapter that was not included, and is not included w/ new controllers. Demands a full refund and want to keep the item. I say no, so he threatens to leave bad feedback. I called Ebay CS...they respond that there is nothing they can do, but it sure sounds bad.
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Re: Ebay Selling Hassle

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:02 pm

On that Rickenbacker/Electro E-12 I found for cheap I got a message all the sudden saying it wasn’t making a sound after it hadn’t shipped for a week! He said that the tubes lit up, but he didn’t have a tube tester. Strangely enough in descriptions of his other amps he says that the tubes tested good on his Hickock.
Smelled fishy and I backed out for a refund. Possible he got cold feet or realized it had vintage tubes in it. It was a steal at $250 shipped, but the last thing I need is something else to get fixed.
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