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KA2SSX
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« on: July 28, 2008, 12:49:05 PM »

hi-I have a piece of ham gear for sale, and I  got a reply from Germany. I have never sold anything outside the conus, so what type of payment is safe, I don't have Pay-Pal. Tnx and 73. Glenn.
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AI4NS
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 03:59:51 PM »

I normally use PayPal with no issues. I have used Western Union, also with no issues. Use a friend's PayPal account, and pay him the fees.

Mike
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 05:20:25 PM »

hi,

how much money is the transaction worth ?

plus the shipping and insurance.

can you afford to loose the item along with the s/h ?

way too many bad people on the web these days, however,
they are outnumbered by the honest ones.

you can get a paypal account at no cost today,
they do all the currency conversions for you.

I've sold many items via eham and ebay to Europe etc
no problems.

Best to ship via us postal international priority mail,
it provides tracking and delivery confirmation at no extra cost, even flat rates and shiping boxes.

regards,

james
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TANAKASAN
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008, 04:37:30 AM »

Western Union works and is throughout Europe. For more expensive items I've always wired funds through SWIFT/IBAN or sent a cashiers check by UPS.

Tanakasan
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KA2SSX
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 04:53:02 AM »

Hi-The item is worth $850, and the other ham says he will pay the shipping/insurance and customs. I'm retired, so losing this amount would not kill me, but I can't recover the $$$ by working overtime etc. Tnx for your tips. 73. Glenn.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 05:09:03 AM »

Let him send a check or MO, however he wants. Tell him when you receive it and it clears the bank you'll ship the item. 100% safe that way.
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 04:15:39 PM »

hi,

That is a lot of money even if you are not retired !

Unless you know this guy, tell him you want the
funds wired to your bank.

open up a saving account at your credit union if
you have access to one, almost no cost there.

otherwise, open a saving account at your bank and
use that account for the wire transfer.

if you will take an international money order,
insist on one from American Express or Deutsche Bank.

Way too many fake mo's out there, they look genuine and will 'clear' in a matter of days.
Problem is in five or six weeks the MO gets bounced
back as a fraud document and you are out the money and fees.


73 james
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KA2SSX
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2008, 06:09:41 AM »

Hi James-Tnx for the info on the American Express money order etc. I'm going to the post office today to get an estimate on shipping and insurance costs, I'm thinking it will be over $100 US currency. 73, Glenn.
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G0GDU
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2008, 01:43:14 AM »

I'm based in the UK and I have recently sold 2 pieces of radio equipment. One piece was to Australia, the other to the Netherlands.

In both cases payment was made with no problem in UK pounds and which in both cases included shipping and insurance.

In the case of sales between EEC member states there is no customs duty payable. In the case of the sale to Australia any duty or tax payable would have been collected by the shipper on delivery.

Shipping was made via DHL, who provide a fill tracking service, and was arranged via a UK based freight forwarding organisation (Interparcel) which I discovered on the Internet and who came up with a better shipping price than I could get direct from DHL.

I suggest you look at the DHL or perhaps UPS web-sites where you can get shipping & insurance prices.

John
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WD0ERU
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2008, 06:16:26 AM »

Glenn,

The safest and best way to go, in my opinion, is a bank wire transfer. Talk with your bank and get the information you need to pass along to your buyer, along with whatever fees your bank will charge. I do a lot of international on-line sales, and this is by far the safest way to go for you. Most folks in European countries are accustomed to this form of payment as well. Good luck,

73's
David
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KA2SSX
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2008, 08:57:59 AM »

Hi David-Ok, tnx for the info, it certainly be useful. 73. Glenn-----KA2SSX.
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K7NNG
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2008, 06:07:21 AM »

I HAVE USED WESTERN UNION EXCLUSIVELY, OVER THE YEARS AMOUNTING TO THOUSANDS AND NEVER LOST A NICKEL. RUSSIANS ARE THE BEST TO DEAL WITH, AND I HAVE DELT WITH GERMANS WHO ARE 99.9 % UPSTANDING HAMS.
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