I have had a large number of people recently asking me to help them out on eBay, so I feel it's necessary to post this as a "sticky note" for everyone's benefit.
More often we're seeing a trend of US-based sellers refusing to conduct business with anyone outside of the United States. The most obvious reason for this is due to the fact that packages cannot be tracked cross-border in a budget-friendly manner. Shipping cross-border (or overseas) is expensive...and the USA recently experienced a Postal Rate increase. Everyone must realize this.
Another reason why sellers are refusing to send to Canada is the alarming amount of claims of items not being delivered. Some claims are legitimate, most are not. Since there is no way to track the items cross-border, some scheming collectors will purchase a card, claim they never received it, and thus try anything and everything they can to get their payment refunded by PayPal...in essence getting a "free" card out of the deal. Everyone is well aware of the protection policies eBay/PayPal have set forth for buyers, so little is done to protect the sellers.
Also, one of the final reasons why US-based sellers are refusing to sell to Canada is a simple matter of convenience. If I sell something within the contiguous 50 states, I can sit at my computer and print out a shipping label via PayPal shipping, and it's cheaper than what I would pay at the PO, and online tracking is included. Once I slap the label on the bubbler, I simply drop it off in my mailbox for pick-up. I don't have to go anywhere to mail it. Cheap & easy...the way we Americans like it.
However, the problem in all of that lies in the simple fact that if US-based sellers refuse to sell to Canada, especially for hockey cards, they lose out on potentially bigger & better sales to a more hockey-mad community. (not always the case, but true for the most part)
So, this all being said, and since I love this community and want everyone to have the same chances as everyone else, I offer my services:
If you happen to see an auction on eBay that you want to win, and the seller does not ship to Canada, then please alert me. I will try to help you out as best as I can. But, you will need to adhere to some guidelines that I have set forth.
- 1.) In order for me to help you, I ask that you have a solid reputation on here, or another trading/business forum. (eBay.ca, Hobby Insider, Sports Card Forum) I want to be able to see what kind of a member I will be assisting. **Sorry but I will NOT accept YouTube as "credibility"**
2.) PM me with the auction link, and include the MAX BID amount you are willing to go. Keep in mind that you will also need to factor in what the seller is charging for shipping, AND what it will cost for ME to ship it to YOU. (Case in point, you "win" an auction for $25. If seller charges $2.50 for S&H, then it costs me $6.55 at minimum to ship to CAN, then we're already at around $35. PLEASE KEEP THAT INFO IN MIND.)
3.) I will need to be paid via PayPal IMMEDIATELY upon winning the auction. I am offering a service for YOU...thus I will NOT be dipping into my own funds for any auctions that are not my own. Failure to comply with this, or failure to alert me as to how long it will take you to pay (as most sellers require payment within 3-5 days, and I will require you to comply within the same) will result in immediate BAN...no questions asked.
4.) As far as Payments are concerned. PayPal is the ONLY method of payment...period. (US funds) You can do this one of 2 ways. Since you will be responsible for any and all fees, you will need to either factor into account the associated PayPal fees and include those with the payment (otherwise it taps into my funds) or send as "GIFT." **This is the only way that GIFT payments will be allowed/conducted on this forum.**
5.) I will impose a limit of $100 on any item. This is to protect both of us. I want to make sure it's a value that BOTH of us can afford, thus avoiding any potential problems with payment. (If I know you, or if you have a lengthy, impeccable history, then I will waive the $100 rule, but that will all be discussed should you find something you need)
6.) Remain patient. This goes without question. Once an item is paid for, I must wait for the item to ship to me. THEN, and only then can I ship it to you, and cross-border packages take anywhere between 2-4 weeks for delivery...so patience is of the utmost request. I will conduct a video, for your reference, as well as scan the customs receipt to show that it has been shipped via USPS.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I have done this in the past with a plethora of members, and have never had a problem. For references on whom I have helped: S4Kh4r0v, andjosaus, AlexTheGr8, puckyou, Pyromaniac42...among many others.