Has anyone ever had a buyer request this? How do you feel about it?
I would not do it!
You can state on the custom forms that the item is a gift and state the value. Buy the insurance and don't make the same mistake and ship Global Express Mail. (no tracking capabilities)
A lot of people request it so that it helps with Customs. As if you declare a gift then the person at the other end does not need to pay taxes. It is up to you - a lot of sellers wont do it as they feel vulnerable if the item gets lost and you are not insured for the right amount.
It's a personal choice.
Whenever I ask the seller to do this, I always tell them I assume the risk if it gets lost.
I've done this before, but I ask them to send me a statement in an email first to state that they are declining insurance and that if lost, they have total resposibility.
never in a million years would i ever do that. ever. never. nope. nyet. sorry but no.
No, no and no - see my earlier concerns also about lying on legal documents in another thread in the eBay sub-forum. A very worrying prospect for me.
No way would I do that-period. As a seller, the ultimate responsibility for assuring the item gets where it's going is up to you-in terms of how it is initially sent; since I have had people whine about a $30 item (which I insured and later mysteriously showed up), unless you have an extra $1K to repay the buyer, send that package with insured tracking-you do have options! Let us know what you decide to do!
Nope, no way...
Don't do it, it might come back and bite you ush:
Thanks for all of the advice! I did NOT do it. I think I am going to try to stay away from international shipping for a little while . . .
Which country is it?
FYI I sold a BV bag through eBay to a Greece resident. I purchased insurance and sent it air.
That was early September.
My customer JUST RECEIVED notification from customs that the bag was there and she owed $148.00 in custom and duty fees!!!!!!!!!
She informed me that if I sent it uninsured she would have received it in 2 weeks at the most.
This was after several trackings/ insurance claims, etc.
This was on a pre-owned handbag I sold for 450.00.
SHe told me she didn't want the handbag after having to pay an additional 148.00 so I asked her to return the item. The Greece customs people told her she would still have to pay the 148.00 to return the handbag to me!!!
We negotiated , but I could have sold it to someone else locally for 430.00 (The next bidder)
A learning experience!
Hope this helps!
Don't do it! you will surely regret.
I do it all the time, declare a low value & as a gift, buyer never had to pay duty but I am still able to get 500 insurance with special next day delivery. I tell buyers I cannot be responsible for anymore
i wouldn't. i haven't shipped anything worth more than $250 internationally, though. i don't sell on eBay much, but i when i do, i usually only allow US bidders. i'm always afraid something could go wrong, and i'd be out a lot of money.