Shipping a small item to Australia

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    I just sold a Tascam cassette 4-track on eBay. I thought that I had set the auction to only allow bidders with a US address. For that reason, I listed a flat $25 shipping price. Nevertheless, the winning bid came from someone with an Australian address.

    No problem, I sent a message to the buyer telling him that I would need to get an accurate shipping quote. No reply from him yet.

    So I went to UPS to estimate shipping costs. I put in estimated package size and weight. I must have done something wrong - because the estimated shipping price was $338.43 AUS. That's over $200 US. No way that's right.

    You guys that are in AUS... what's the best way for me to ship this item to the buyer? And how can I get an estimate on that?
     
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    I just did an estimate on USPS, and it's about US$80 for shipping.

    FedEx is showing US$280 !!!


    Does this sound accurate?

    It sounds like a whole lot to me, for a package that's going to be the size of a shoe box.
     
  3. Rob L

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    You could look at EMS Parcel post. They might be a lot cheaper.

    https://www.parcelmonkey.com/destinations/oceania/australia

    A few years ago A guy wanted a piece of woodwork I painted for him. I charge him $50 US for it. Needless to say he never got it cause the shipping was over $200 US.
     
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    I'm really confused over this whole thing.

    I made the auction open to US bidders only. I'm not sure how a bidder with an Australian shipping address was able to bid.
     
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    That sounds about right sadly. It's SUPER expensive to ship to OZ.
     
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    A sad lesson learned - when selling, I specify $200+ for non ConUS bidders.
    Cousins in Oz only get txt and e-mail until I learn the secret of rsbl shipping down under.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Luthier Kathy Wingert flies to Autr6alia and delivers the guitar herself. Since her starting price is $14,000 and most people get add ons, she can afford the r/t.
     
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    Got a brother that lives there. We've sent stuff back/forth quite a bunch in the past.
    The $80 USD sounds about right given the weight and all.

    USPS is usually a tad slower, but probably the least expensive of the major options.
     
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    Honestly I would I tell the buyer:
    A) how much the shipping will be
    B) it was a ship to US only
    C) You're contacting Ebay to cancel the trans action since the buyer ignore what the Ad said.
     
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    If he wants to pay the extra shipping I'd go USPS as well. EMS is the company most of the business' in China use. Cheap but takes a long time to get it.
     
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    A Tascam MF-P01!! Dang it! I've always wanted one of those MFers. I'd had given you $2000 for it!






















    (nunt uh)
     
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    Btw, it's expensive as heck to ship to AU. It's a long way. My wife is from Sydney and we don't send or receive a whole lot to or from AU except when my MIL or AIL sends us Cherry Ripes or UGGs but those are birthday or xmas special occasions. When they come visit us, they always pack us some Cherry Ripes. Yum!
     
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    USPS standard economy airmail.

    I get stuff all the time. Weight is the killer. I've shipped guitars in Gibson size cases $US50 either way. Fender rectangle cases $80. Normally 8 days.

    In the current environment it might take 14 business days. Items within Australia are taking a week, normally Eastern seaboard is 2-3 days. Oz Post is shipping bulk eBay, Amazon items at present.
     
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    I sent the buyer a message, and he says, "No! I'm in the United States."

    He provided his shipping address.

    Then I look again on his eBay account, and the shipping address matches what he gave me - a US address.

    He has now paid in full for the auction. I sent him a message confirming that he did change his address from AUS to USA on his eBay account. Could have been a simple oversight on his part. I'm going to do a Google Street View on the address he game me... and make sure it jives with his description.
     
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    The plot thickens....
     
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    It's going to be fine. My wife started with an eBay account from AU but it locates her now in the US. Every once in awhile, it seems to switch to AU settings and instead of saying "Hi, Melinda!", it says "G'day, Melinda!". Kinda weird but I just close out and restart it and it's okay.
     
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    Yep... just got another quick reply from the buyer. Said they had recently moved to the US and had not updated their shipping info on eBay yet. He’s got several hundred positive feedback, with zero negative feedback in the past 12 months. He agreed to do “signature required”... and he’s already paid in full.

    So crisis is (apparently) averted.
     
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