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Why won't people sell outside US (mainland)?

jhol

Amersfoort, NL
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jhol Registered since 16th Aug 2006
Sun 24-Sep-06 06:57 AM

I've seen a lot of people, who want to sell (some of) their gear, put in 'CONUS' only, or 'US only'. Therefore I wasn't too surprised when I asked somebody if he was willing to ship to me/the Netherlands and he told me 'CONUS only' (it wasn't in his ad btw).

My big question here, is why? I don't understand where this condition comes from? I'm willing to pay in advance, take the extra cost of shipping and the paypal fees, so why would one not want to sell/send me his gear?

I hope this is not some form of discrimination just for the sake of it. At the moment though, I'm truly baffled as to what the reason might be.

I hope some my fellow Nikonians are willing to share their thoughts with me on this one. Thanks.

Joris

PS: If anybody is wondering why I would want to try and buy gear that would have a relatively high cost of shipping for me, the answer is that the euro has a very favorable exchange rate to the dollar, thus enabling me to 'buy more' for the same buck in the US than over here. The shipping costs for items that I purchased in the US so far were about annihilated by the exchange rate.

An example:

Item: $100
Shipping: $25
Pp fees: 3% = $3.75

TOTAL: $128.75 equals about €100

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