Newbie tips for eBay?

Chiuy

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I just got my MacBook Pro and it came along with the $100 giftcard for app store, etc.
It's pretty useless to me, so I'm trying to sell it on eBay.
So far, I've listed it and this person just emailed me saying that if I could email the code instead. She will be paying by paypal so it's secure.

But since this is the gift card... and once I do confirmed that she has paid and I give her the code, can't she file a complaint and lie about never receiving the card and since I got no proof of tracking code.
Will that happen?

Thanks
 

Eddyisgreat

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email the code and then mail the card via slowest delivery method.

Same way some sellers (used to) do mobileme subscriptions. Email for those in a hurry, then deliver the physical asset on request.
 
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ViviUO

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Jul 4, 2009
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Make sure you get some type of tracking number or delivery confirmation to prove you sent it out.

Countless people get burned by not doing this because they are too cheap to spend the extra 60 cents.
 
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deadwulfe

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Make sure you get some type of tracking number or delivery confirmation to prove you sent it out.

Countless people get burned by not doing this because they are too cheap to spend the extra 60 cents.
I agree with this. Also, be suspicious of anyone trying to pay you outside of ebay/paypal (such as an e-check through paypal, bypassing ebay).
 
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Chiuy

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Hey guys, I'm getting a lot of buyers that are NOT from the USA that are asking to buy and just send the code towards their email.
Is there a reason why there's so many international buyers? I thought I set it only to USA Nationwide only.
Cause it's a pain to ship to towards Brazil or to China. It cost $20 to send a freaking envelop there! (14 days)

What should I do?
Refuse them and say it's USA buyers only?
Thanks.
 
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mgartner0622

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Jun 6, 2010
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Hey guys, I'm getting a lot of buyers that are NOT from the USA that are asking to buy and just send the code towards their email.
Is there a reason why there's so many international buyers? I thought I set it only to USA Nationwide only.
Cause it's a pain to ship to towards Brazil or to China. It cost $20 to send a freaking envelop there! (14 days)

What should I do?
Refuse them and say it's USA buyers only?
Thanks.
Personally, That's what I'd do, as with foreign countries, it's much harder to control everything and make sure a transaction runs smoothly. My personal philosophy is that although there are certainly some very reputable foreign buyers, it's not worth risking that you could have a bad experience.
 
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deadwulfe

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There are settings in eBay to restrict the countries you do business with. If you have set those up, correctly, and the bidders are still trying to bypass the filters, that's their problem. Don't make it your problem.
 
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DeadSoulive

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EBay

You should include a message that allows international customer, only if they are willing to pay for the shipping.

How much are you selling it for?
 
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Maxpilot

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How can getting $100 to use on iTunes and AppStore be useless? I would keep the card and use it to purchase more software, tunes, books, movies, etc.
 
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Chiuy

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Cause I dont need that card to download apps or musics.
Most softwares I can get, such as Adobe, I can get with a student discount.
It's really just useless to me, unless i wanna buy like video games, but that's a no no.
 
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blunti

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Mar 15, 2011
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Make sure you get some type of tracking number or delivery confirmation to prove you sent it out.

Countless people get burned by not doing this because they are too cheap to spend the extra 60 cents.
just out of curiousity: if the buyer would do a chargeback and say there was nothing in the box/envelope etc except for some mulch or rocks, what can you do?


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ViviUO

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just out of curiousity: if the buyer would do a chargeback and say there was nothing in the box/envelope etc except for some mulch or rocks, what can you do?


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I print my shipping labels thru paypal. I'm pretty sure UPS would back me up by confirming the weight of the package.
 
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jlc1978

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Aug 14, 2009
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Hey guys, I'm getting a lot of buyers that are NOT from the USA that are asking to buy and just send the code towards their email.
Is there a reason why there's so many international buyers? I thought I set it only to USA Nationwide only.
Cause it's a pain to ship to towards Brazil or to China. It cost $20 to send a freaking envelop there! (14 days)

What should I do?
Refuse them and say it's USA buyers only?
Thanks.
Refuse them.

In fact, I'd refuse to send the code to anyone as it possibly violates bay's listing policies and so you may not be protected from a claim:

Not Allowed: Gift card codes or electronically delivered gift cards

Ref: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/gift.html

Read ebay's Buyer Protection section carefully to cover yourself.
 
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Young Spade

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Mar 31, 2011
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You could just sell it and ONLY choose to sell the actual card; but yea as someone up there stated, they don't allow that because of the obvious complications it can cause. It is also a LOT more convenient to sell everything in country; I just shipped three packages, one to Canada and two to Israel.

Not surprisingly, one of the Israel packages went to Canada and the Canadian package went to Israel. Shipping is insane.
 
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Maschil

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Jun 19, 2011
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do what the first person said... ship the card, but honestly i wouldt even play around with it.... because they could still say someone hacked there account.... and they may ask for there money back.... sell it on craigslist if you can.... and make sure the person buys it from you near a bank so you can check if its a legitmate 100 dollar billl or 20s... etc... just don't send that card over the internet what ever you do..............trust me... Thanks
 
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