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Old 04-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default International buyer wins auction meant for US

Hey guys,
My ebay auction # 190661640138 was won by a buyer in China even though I set up my country restrictions to US only. I think that there's a loophole because this guy's address is showing as invalid in ebay. Anyway, he won and initially, I was a little ticked that he won since he was in China.

Well, being a nice guy, I thought it would be ok as long as I shipped the item with ShipCover, to avoid the potential "item not received" claim. He requested a total through ebay and when I go to calculate shipping, ebay doesn't give a shipping total because of the invalid address.

My question is this, can I cancel the transaction without potentially getting a negative on my feedback? I've read all the horror stories about shipping overseas and I'd rather not even deal with it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just got an offer from Japan on a US only auction. I opted to reject it rather than negotiate because I don't want to deal with the headaches.

I think he could still neg a cancelled transaction, but you could probably get the feedback removed from eBay if he did
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I decided I'm going to ship the card and see what happens. In the future, I'm going to be more careful and if I notice an int'l bidder, I'm just going to cancel their bid. It's too much risk in my eyes.

It sucks that there is a loophole in the system that allows int'l bidders to bid on US only auctions. I guess I'll just have to be more vigilant.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You have to actually block the countries that ou do not ship to in your selling preferences. Once you do that not only can a bidder from a international country not bid on a item, they cant even message you!
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