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Finding International Items On eBay

Advantages to buying internationally

Welcome to the World's Online Marketplace! With sites in over 30 countries, eBay is the best place to find interesting and exotic items at discount prices from sellers around the world.

Including international items in your search will help you find:

  • More items that more closely match your specific needs
  • More unusual items that you can't find anywhere else
Finding international items on eBay

Search and Listings pages on eBay.com automatically show all items listed on the Canadian or Australian sites that the seller is willing to ship to the United States. These items will automatically appear when you search or browse items on eBay.com.

You can also find items in specific countries or listed in other languages by using Advanced Search When performing an Advanced Search, fill out all relevant search fields (such as keywords and category) for the item you are looking for, as well as your preferences. Then, scroll down to the "Location / International" field


View items from other countries using Advanced Search
View items from other countries using "Advanced Search"

  • To find all items available to the U.S., select the "Available to" and choose "United States" from the drop-down list. This will show you all items being sold by sellers on the Canadian or Australian sites willing to ship to the U.S.
  • To find items located in a specific country, choose "Located in country selected" and pick the appropriate country from the drop-down list.

Important: Review the View Item page carefully to make sure that the seller is willing to ship to your country before bidding on or buying an item.

Visiting other eBay sites

You can view most listings on eBay's global Marketplace from eBay.com, but it's also fun to visit foreign eBay sites. To visit other eBay sites directly, select a country from the drop down list located on the home page.

How can you tell an item is available internationally?

Look at the "item location" box to see a) the country and town where the item is located, and where the seller is willing to ship to and b) check out the seller's country of registration.

How to tell an item is International
How to tell an item is "International"

Bidding On And buying International Items

Know the full shipping cost
Before bidding on or buying an international item, make sure that the seller is willing to ship to you. If this information is not on the View Item page, you can ask seller a question.

Make sure to note the item location and shipping costs. Use a Shipping Rate Calculator to estimate costs. You will need the item's dimensions and weight. If the seller has not provided these in the item description, estimate them or email the seller for information.

International shipping costs are based on a combination of the following:

  • Weight and dimensions of package
  • Method of shipment such as Ground, Next Day Air, etc.
  • The location the seller is shipping from (city, state, country)
  • The location the seller is shipping to (also called the destination country)

Therefore, costs may vary greatly depending on what, where and how the seller is shipping, and can be considerably higher for international destinations.

Visit the UPS Quick Cost Calculator to calculate shipping costs to and from any country.

Shipping

Be Aware of Additional Customs Costs

It is not uncommon for buyers to pay additional costs such as duties, taxes and customs clearance fees. For example, international shipping rates may or may not include pickup and door-to-door delivery with customs clearance. Your package will arrive at your door, but then you might need to pay extra international fees. Even if duties and taxes were not applicable there may still be an administrative fee for processing the goods through the border.

As a buyer, it is important to be aware of what customs charges may apply for your country and product before you bid or purchase your item.

As a seller, if you anticipate your buyer to be responsible for customs charges you may want to update your listing so they are aware before a sale is made. You can research what duties to expect when purchasing foreign items visit the United States International Trade Commission. As a rule, if the product is manufactured in North America and shipping within North America, it will be duty free under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Beware of prohibited items*

Certain items are not permitted in various countries. It is the buyer AND the seller's responsibility to comply with government regulations or laws of each country. To help you verify that your items can be shipped across international borders, please review the Prohibited Articles** list.

Communicating with international sellers

Communicating effectively with people is a crucial component to successful trading on eBay.

If you do not speak the same language as the seller, you may want to use translation software to translate key phrases. Some translation services are available free on the Internet, but many are not 100% accurate and eBay cannot guarantee their services. If you use such a service, here are some general rules to follow when writing emails:

  • Don't use slang, abbreviations or sarcasm
  • Keep all communications short and to the point
  • Use short sentences and simple vocabulary
  • Be patient, and don't make assumptions. Some ideas get lost in translation!

Sending payments internationally

Sending payments internationally

When paying for an international item:

  • Remember that you must pay the seller the amount agreed to with the currency and method specified by the seller.
  • If you think there is a better payment alternative available -such as paying in your own currency via PayPal -- contact the seller to discuss it.
  • If no mutual electronic payment method exists, an international money order (available at most banks) is a good option to pay sellers safely.
  • Don't forget to include shipping costs and any additional fees and taxes in your payment.

Sending payments internationally

PayPal's secure global network of more than 56 countries makes sending money internationally quick and easy!

To send a payment, log in to your PayPal account and select the "Send Money" tab. Fill out the payment details and select your desired currency from the "Currency" drop-down menu.

currency drop down menu

Your payment will automatically be converted to the currency you choose, and your seller will receive an email from PayPal stating the amount and currency of the payment.

If your payment must be converted to another currency, the currency conversion calculation will be displayed to you at the time of payment. Learn more about currency conversion.

Escrow services

Before using an escrow service, consider the value of the item and the possible loss you face compared to the fee the escrow service will charge. Review seller's feedback, and consider the value and nature of the item. Assess your risk and, if uncomfortable, complete the sale through a reputable escrow service such as www.escrow.com.

eBay Security Center

eBay's Security and Resolution Center gives you tips and tricks to help keep your international purchases are safe and secure:

Customs And receiving Your Item

Customs & duties

Shipping and handling fees, duties, and taxes are often not included in the purchase price on international listings. If you're a buyer purchasing goods outside your home country, you should check with the seller to determine whether the fees, customs and taxes are included in the price. You can research what duties to expect when purchasing foreign items via the United States International Trade Commission

Understanding Transit times

The time it takes to receive your purchase will depend on where you're located and where your package is coming from. International shipments usually take longer than domestic deliveries. You can check delivery times to and from any country with UPS Time in Transit.

Purchasing Insurance

Some carriers automatically protect your package from loss or damage up to $100.00 of your item's value. You should ask sellers to insure international shipments if their carrier does not provide automatic coverage. If your item is worth more than $100.00 you may want the seller to purchase additional insurance on your behalf.

If you have trouble with your purchase, visit www.ebay.com/securitycenter for your options as a buyer.

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