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Buying privately from overseas(5 posts)

Buying privately from overseasolsta
Jun 26, 2002 6:34 PM
I am interested in buying a frame from a private seller in the US,even though I live in Australia. Is it worth the risk? What procedures should I take?
Advice welcome.
re: Buying privately from overseasbrowns110
Jun 27, 2002 4:51 AM
Paypal, paying for it out of credit card acct. rather than your checking acct. Really not any other viable guarantees.
Use an Escrow serviceTheYak
Jul 1, 2002 7:49 AM
You pay the escrow service plus a fee, the seller gets his money when you get your frame. If the seller balks, look elsewhere.
re: Buying privately from overseaseoceneman
Jul 11, 2002 2:36 PM
I am an Austrailan resident and have previously bought a road bike frame from the states. Here's a few points to note:

1. One of your biggest problems will be postage. A road bike frame is big enough (not matter what size the frame is) to cause significant problems for USPS. I've had a frame go into the American postal system only to be returned to the seller about 5 months later, because the package was small enough to make it into the domestic system but too big to be sent overseas. Use a courier such as DHL - this will be more expensive, but there really is no other option.

2. It's only worthwhile if you're getting a good deal on an expensive frame (>AU$1000). With the postage, duties ~$200 (but hugely variable) and particularly the hassle involved you need too be saving quite a bit on the amount you would pay here to make it worthwhile. On the otherhand, importing from the states might be the only way to get the frame you want at a resonable cost...

3. If the frame is expensive and you're buying from a private entity, then escrow is probably a good idea, although the extra cost and time it adds to your transaction might make the difference between a "good" deal and "not so good" deal.

4. If you can justify the trasaction after considering costs and time involved I'd say go ahead - it's a much more interesting way of building a bike up than going to your LBS... and from Australia, if you want particular components for resonable prices than you have to go overseas - we import some strange stuff here...

Hope this helps
re: Buying privately from overseaszeke
Jul 15, 2002 3:34 AM
Do not, I repeat do not have your bike shipped via USPS! I have had many many problems with packages from there. (I am an American living in Japan). Go with any other shipper, DHL, FedEx, etc. Just avoid the USPS.

Related to DHL/FedEx, DHL is much less expensive, and their tracking system seems to be superior.