It’s no exaggeration to say that the internet has completely transformed the way in which we do business. Consumers now have the option, thanks to the worldwide web, to access a whole array of goods and services from all over the world – so it’s probably no surprise that they’ve taken to it with such enthusiasm. But there’s more to the internet than the ability to just buy goods, you can, of course, sell them as well. It’s easy to accumulate all sorts of bits and pieces over the course of a few years – it frequently comes a surprise to see exactly what you can acquire, and how much of it – but should you choose to sell it, you now have an international audience. One man’s junk is, after all, another man’s treasure.
The online auction website, eBay, is probably the main hub of internet bartering. Millions of different items are available through the site, so whatever it is you’re looking for – however obscure – there’s a reasonable chance that someone will be trying to sell it through eBay. Despite the obvious upsides and the rampant popularity of eBay, it’s worth remembering that there are potential pitfalls along the way. What’s more, with consumer demand weak and personal finances stretched in the UK, you may have a hard time finding buyers at home – so selling overseas may therefore be a more attractive option. If you’re looking to sell goods to a buyer overseas, there are a few things you should therefore bear in mind. The good news is, though, that international shipping is relatively easy, and by taking a few simple steps, you can tout your goods to potential buyers all over the globe.
One eBay user has written a useful guide offering some handy tips to anyone thinking about selling goods internationally through the website. She explains that she had dresses by a well-known Australian designer she wanted to sell – but as this designer was relatively obscure in Britain, she didn’t feel she’d be able to get a particularly good price for them from a domestic buyer. By simply clicking on the ‘sell internationally’ option on eBay and otherwise listing the items she wanted to sell as normal, those goods were then displayed to users in selected countries. She also advised anyone thinking of doing likewise to familiarise themselves with the relevant exchange rates, and to take time differences into account when scheduling auctions.
Users accepting payments through PayPal need to either claim or accept the money manually in order to complete the transaction – so be sure to check your PayPal account regularly if you’re expecting a sale to go through. Keeping proof of postage once you’ve sent the item to its new owner is also particularly important, as this enables you to prove you have definitely sent it. International postage arrangements can sometimes be somewhat haphazard, so it’s worth being prepared for any potential mix-up or delay. Without having proof of postage, you won’t be able to make a claim with the Post Office in the event that the item should go missing.