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Purchasing on eBay from overseas?

21 November 2014 - 04:54 AM

I've been doing a fair amount of business both buying and selling on eBay, I'm just about even up on selling kits I'll never build and buying ones that pique my interests now.  

 

How do you figure out what a kit from say Japan or Korea will cost once customs, duties, taxes, title, insurance, etc are added in?  I've searched eBay's help section but I can't figure out what the costs will be ahead of time before I bid on something.  There's a few F1 kits I'm interested in but I don't want to end up paying hundreds for a $20 kit.

 

I've shipped a few to overseas buyers using eBay's Global program, where I send them to Kentucky and they take it from there.  I've had buyers pay upwards of $100 for a kit I got $30, the rest was fees, taxes, etc.  I don't want to get caught flat-footed.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice!

 

 


1914 Stutz Bearcat

05 November 2014 - 12:34 PM

Finished this one up last night.  I'm really getting into these brass era cars.  This is a really nice kit that goes together well.  I used pinstriping tape for the fenders as the decals were too brittle.  Searched Google for images and found quite a few with the apple green engine, so that's what I went with.  Comments welcome, thanks for looking!

 

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1934 Duesenberg

08 October 2014 - 12:14 PM

Monogram kit, I am really getting into these '30s classics.  The kit went together very well, the chrome sprue was not the greatest (and there's a lot of chrome on these things!) but all in all I'm pretty pleased with it.  Comments welcome, thanks for looking.

 

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Heller Talbot-Lago F1 car

06 August 2014 - 09:01 AM

I searched the forum but came up empty.  I see these on eBay going for fairly reasonable money and wondered what's in the box.  Do they have an engine, any chassis detail?  Or are they basically curbsides?  Thanks in advance.

 

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1903 Rambler

26 July 2014 - 03:12 AM

First time I've tried one of these.  I've been inspired by Harry and Frank and Skip's builds on here and thought I would try one.  I started with this eBay glue bomb, took the better part of 2 weeks in the purple pond to strip the paint, some pretty rugged stuff whatever it was!

 

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The rear axle was in 5 pieces, the front in 2.  I drilled and pinned the breaks, used super glue.  The biggest challenge was (re)attaching the fenders, as most of the supports had been broken off.  I reinforced with epoxy to get them to stay on at all.  The only thing I didn't fix was the headlight supports, I just glued them onto the body.  If I do it over I will drill and bend up some wire for the proper mounts.  

 

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Not up to the standards of some of you guys, but I had a lot of fun with it and plan to tackle a few more.  These brass era cars are very interesting!

Thanks for looking, comments welcome!