Ever had problem shipping eBay items outside the USA despite the fact that the eBay seller allows shipping to the United States only? In this article I will show you how to overcome geographical restrictions on eBay and ship your items outside the U.S.
eBay sellers shipping to the United States only
eBay sellers shipping to select countries beside the United States only
But even when a seller ships outside the USA, it can restrict countries where it ships. For example:
How to overcome geographical restrictions and ship eBay items outside the United States
In my experience most eBay sellers refuse to overcome shipping restrictions and ship internationally, although
- I was willing to pay with Paypal
- I was happy to the shipping cost in advance
- I have a positive eBay feedback history
But it might still be worthwhile to write to an eBay seller and ask about shipping outside the United States.
Luckily there are package/parcel forwarding services. I started using one of them, namely Shipito, six months ago. Now I can ship my packages to any country in the world
(Canada, Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (US), United Kingdom, Japan, Austria, Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovakia, Bahrain, Israel, India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, The Bahamas, China, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Kuwait,…)
as well as to Alaska, Hawaii, APO, FPO, and DPO Addresses, DOS Addresses and U.S. Protectorates.
The only things I need to take into account are:
- customs duties and prohibited items
- size and weight
- whether it is possible to ship to a destination using a preferred shipping method (and Shipito offers plenty of them: USPS Express Mail, USPS Priority Mail, Polonez Parcel, USPS Flat rate box and Flat rate envelope, FedEx, FedEx MPS, Fedex Freight, Shipito Air Mail, DHL)
So geographical shipping restrictions posed by eBay sellers are easy to overcome. Besides eBay, Shipito allows to make purchase in any online store. And you can even make purchases in offline stores!
And because Shipito offers package consolidation, I have saved a lot on shipping. So I’m glad I didn’t use eBay sellers directly. Even when they do offer international shipping, in many cases I prefer to consolidate packages first and then ship overseas using Shipito.
What package/parcel forwarding service do you use to overcome geographical restrictions on eBay for shipping not only to the United States, but also to any international location? What country do you ship to?