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OC Engineer JD Jan 16, 2009

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  3. MK

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    I think that too might be a currency conversion. 5,200 Yen is about $45. Still a little high but "Expedited Shipping" could be Global Priority. What I don't understand is if there's a currency conversion mistake in the shipping, why not also on the selling price. I haven't sold on eBay in a LONG time so I don't remember if there are separate parameters for currency conversion for the selling price and shipping charges.
     
  4. JMaurer1

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    ...they hand deliver it to you at your door :LOL::ROFLMAO::LOL:
     
  5. Shortround

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    Maybe it's to cover the cost of security for the trains that ship our stuff.
     
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    N Scale Train Locomotives | eBay , Please see condition plus this >I will not ship outside the 48 contiguous US States. There may be Modelrailroaders in AK and HI which Looked at this item then saw this statement >I will not ship outside the 48 contiguous US States<. Wow. This seller seems to be limiting himself .

    Tom
     
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  9. BoxcabE50

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    Also, aren't APO and FPO addresses treated the same as shipping within the USA? The seller is missing a bit of potential there as well.
     
  10. MetraMan01

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    I’m stationed in Japan and have an APO. It’s the same as shipping anywhere else in the US-the cost is about the same as shipping to zip codes in California. A lot of companies and people selling on eBay or other places don’t understand what an APO is, don’t want to risk a poor rating because shipping times are usually longer, or don’t want to deal with having to fill out a customs form. I think the customs form is mostly a formality in the event the package gets misrouted and enters another nations postal system. I’m waiting on one like right now. That’s their choice if they don’t want deal with it. I either take my business elsewhere or order it anyway (if I absolutely have to have it) and send it to a mail forwarding company to get it out here.


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  11. mtntrainman

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    I am gonna go with the customs forms arguement. The more things are a pita the less people want to work for it. JMO
     
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  12. BoxcabE50

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    For myself, I have a very tiny window for any errands during weekdays. So the more time one task requires, the less of something else I am able to accomplish. :(
     
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  13. mtntrainman

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    I agree Ken. 2 decades ago when I was buying and selling on 'dabay' I never shipped overseas either. The hassle of filling out the forms wasnt worth it for the small amount of $$$ made from each sale.
     
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  14. Hardcoaler

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    Several years ago I sold a locomotive to a European TrainBoard member (who has sadly disappeared from our ranks, uncertain why) and it was a hugely time-consuming job filling out all of the forms. They had to be in duplicate, with copies in the box and others accessible in a clear plastic envelope attached to the exterior of the box. The regulations involved an uncertain postal classification of the locomotive, with EU taxes based on it, to be paid by the receiver upon delivery. Helping a kind TrainBoard member, I had no reluctance in working it all, but I'd never do all of this for an eBay sale. @mtntrainman is right, margins are thin on eBay and it just isn't worth it.
     
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  15. MetraMan01

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    I understand completely-wasn’t complaining-just trying to throw out the reasons why that I’ve seen “from the receiving end” in response to the OP.


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  16. umtrr-author

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    Pirateship.com, the shipping site I have been using, has automated the customs forms process to the extent that a form will print out with the shipping label. Still not optimal (which would be not having to do one at all!) but less annoying than by hand.
     
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    I promised myself I'd stop citing links directly, but I'll make an exception here.

    I can tell you with 100 percent confidence that one of these cars has nothing to do with Canada. I can say that because I looked after the production of it as a special run!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/224818615963
     
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    Did Quebec finally split ???

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh , I see.


    I'm looking for a Newfoundland and Labrador car & the FT A&B pair
     
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  19. umtrr-author

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    The Newfy/Lab car (that's one car) is pretty easily gettable. The FTs are a bit harder to find, particularly the B unit. They are out there.
     
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  20. Hardcoaler

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    Here's a "Try-Your-Luck" kit listed for $25 with this one photo. Are all of the metal and wood parts inside? Maybe half of them? Instructions? I'd actually like to have this kit, but not this particular one.
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