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Topic: A hint for people from the UK who are advertising things on eBay
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 31, 2005 12:24PM)
I visit eBay with greater frequency than I probably should. I regularly do searches for cups and particularly for Chop Cups.

This morning I saw something that indicated that some of our UK friends may be seriously out of touch with what things cost over here. In particular, it was a Morrissey chop cup, aluminum, with a starting bid of £ 18 and change. This is roughly $35 USD. The buy it now price was the equivalent of $42 USD.

Now here's the rub. The list price of this item is $24.00 CDN. That's just over $20 USD. Naturally, he has gotten no bids at all on the item. But I see another problem. With UK duties, he probably has to pay nearly retail for the item when he imports it.

He would be better off not listing the item on the US version of eBay.
Message: Posted by: elgranmago (Dec 31, 2005 12:43PM)
I couldn´t agree with you more, Bill. I realize that things in the UK are very expensive and regretably that seems to translate to the magic market. I live in France and frankly rather than purchase something from the U.K. (which is only across the Channel) I prefer to buy it in the U.S., pay the postage and have it shipped to me over here. It makes more financial sense.

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 31, 2005 02:50PM)
That's absolutely true. There are a few things that I can get only in the UK -- Sherwood cups, Gazzo Cups. They are expensive, but darn well worth it.