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JasonMC

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Has anyone ever put a bid on an item on ebay that is being listed in price as a foreign currency? I found a projector that I am interested in and want to put a bid on it. It is listed as British pounds. Is it an easy transaction? What is involved? Thanks
 

Ryan Peter

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The best way would be simply using something like paypal, but I'm not sure they are abroad yet.

Otherwise, International Money Order is the way to go, and that should be no big deal.
 

Peter Apruzzese

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I've used Paypal for many overseas purchases of movie posters on Ebay. It's up to the seller to accept it as a form of payment. If they'll only take money oders, I'd use Bidpay - it cost $5.00, but it includes postage to the recipient and is traceable.
 

BrianB

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Paypal is abroad, but last I heard, it was more of a pain to get.

Be aware of shipping costs - on something like a projector, I'd expect them to be high. If you go with 'surface shipping' (via ship basically) it'll take forever to arrive - you WILL want some kind of airmail shipping/freight.

And take insurance on the item.
 

DonaldB

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Also be aware that Europe uses a different voltage and differently shaped plugs than North America. You might need an a currency voltage converter to even use the thing.


Edited 5/25 for abysmal grammar.
 

Gui A

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Don't forget about shipping...
I actually spent more on shipping and customs for my Laserdisc player than what the player itself was worth.
Considering it only came from Buffalo, shipping was a rip-off.
 

Rob Gillespie

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It's probably best to send them an email asking how they prefer to be paid (good sellers will state this on the auction!). I've sold a few things to overseas buyers and always make it very clear that the cost of shipping and currency conversion will be paid by the buyer and not me. It's an expensive business, which is why I only sell to UK people now.
 

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