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Post  Theo on Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:11 pm

Lads there is a Warmaster Empire army I would like to bid on Ebay but the lad selling them has it listed that he won't ship outside the UK.

I just sent him the following:
Good evening, I respect the fact that you do not wish to ship outside the UK but might I please ask this; would you mind if I bid (my name is Theo and i am wargamer from Thessaloniki, Greece), pay via Paypal (well assuming I win the auction that is! lol) and then ask you to ship the minis to a mate in the UK? I have loads of friends from my time as a student there and in different places (Corby, London, Lancaster and Essex) so no problem there. Thus you would still be shipping within the UK. I will of course not bid without your express permission. Thank you for your time. Kind regards, Theo

It's not presumptuous of me to ask him this is it? I mean he can always say no?

I am not asking just for this case; would you send a similar message if you were in the same situation?
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Re: Ebay message to seller not shipping outside the UK

Post  Theo on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:26 pm

Ha! Here's something I didn't know.

while the seller replied with:
"yeh that will be fine, im sure we can sort something out :) "

...when I DID in fact try to bid I got this message:
"Sorry, this item cannot be sent to Greece.
The seller has specified that this item cannot be sent to addresses in Greece
You can contact the seller for more information, or find similar items offered by other sellers."

lol!!!
it seems that given the seller's setting I should have asked him to change them before I did indeed bid. Drat and double drat!!! I just lost 10 warmaster empire packs for half price! lol
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Post  Theo on Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:11 pm

Sometimes you run across really kind people and it's amazing!

Here's what I wrote to the seller after my failure to bid:
"Thank you for your prompt and helpful reply. It's rather unfortunate but I when I did bid a minute before the auction ended it gave me this message:
"Sorry, this item cannot be sent to Greece.
The seller has specified that this item cannot be sent to addresses in Greece
You can contact the seller for more information, or find similar items offered by other sellers."
It seems I could not bid with the given settings. I did not know this or I would have of course pointed it out and suggested it changed. My apologies for the hassle.
kind regards
Theo"

and look what he replied with:

I may as well just send it to you in greece if you want, ill set it up as £50 buy it now free pnp and ill take the hit on the postage if you want :)

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We just concluded the deal on ebay!!! What a star!!! I invited him on the forum as well.
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Post  bangorstu on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:58 pm

Stupid thing is he'll probably find out the psotage is similar or even cheaper!

I've just psoted some figures I sold on eBay to someone in Italy. Cost me £1.90. Minimum for the UK is £2.80!

Go figure!


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Post  Peewee on Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:54 am

Yeah, postage to Europeland is by no means expensive and the carriers are generally as reliable as in the UK. I think it's a psychological and language barrier more than anything else, although the language thing is just as much of a problem in the UK in my experience ;-)

As an aside, I'm pretty sure I've got my eBay settings on selling to the UK only, but that doesn't seem to prohibit anyone outside the UK bidding (with or without prior permission).
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Re: Ebay message to seller not shipping outside the UK

Post  Theo on Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:07 am

No Stu he was great about it mate; top guy! He offered to post them to Greece himself anyways! and to cover the postage too!!!

Peewee I don't know mate we had a cow of a time via the exchange of at least 7-8 messages till we found the option he had to enable to allow me to buy. Still all is well that ends well! lol

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