I've mentioned on here before that I sell a lot of stuff on ebay. I've always had my listings set up to indicate to potential buyers that I do not ship outside the US. Its just a hassle, between customs forms and unfamiliar shipping rates, and I choose not to bother with it all. A while ago, a buyer bid on and won one of my auctions. Then I found out she lived in another country so I asked her not to send payment and I relisted the item.
I wised up and added a note within all of my item descriptions that specifically says I don't ship outside the US. That didn't stop a buyer last week who lives in Finland. Last time I checked, that wasn't local! He sent his payment right away, and it was a hop in the arse to reverse it. I'm still trying to figure out how to have the ebay fees reversed.
After this, I did some research on ebay and found out I can block folks from bidding on my items if they don't live in the US. Perfect! Problem solved me thinks. Then I get this email last night:
Hi I am from South Africa and would like to buy this item, Would you please quote me on shipping costs to South Africa? Why would some ppl not ship to Africa? Thank you
Sigh. What part about "I do not ship outside the US" was not clear here? I love how he didn't ask if I'd consider shipping to him, or whether I'd make an exception to my shipping practices. Nope. He just wants to know how much the shipping would cost! Well sir, I don't really know since I don't ship outside the US! lol And did you like his question about why people wouldn't ship to Africa? Again, not quite sure. Its not like I said I would ship anywhere but Africa. I said I wouldn't ship outside the US and wouldn't you know it, Africa just happens to fall outside those lines. I guess he thinks he's special and I'd say to him, well allrighty then, just cause you asked so nice, I'll ship to you. Some people. ;)