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Author Topic: Help wanted with UK only eBay auctions (ending on Tuesday, Mar 6, afternoon)  (Read 394 times)

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Offline Loona

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Updating this topic, as the ask is the same :) Old, no longer relevant post is in spoiler.

I would be looking for someone who could help me buy some UK only eBay items - first I would only like to ask help in estimating a postage. I am looking at 2 or 3 boxed items (I can measure the exact weight of one of these, as I have a similar one, but not the other, and that is the heavier one...), so  unfortunately postage may kill the deal completely. But if postage still sounds reasonable, I would also like to ask for help in letting me have the items shipped to an UK address, and then reship them to me (Hungary).

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help :)

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« Last Edit: March 04, 2018, 04:57:05 PM by Loona »
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Updating this post, I would be looking for help again :)
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I can't help you with the auction as when I'm in London the postage situation is not as secure as at home and I am not meant to do any kind of transactioning here. But I can help you with the postage cost question, at least a little.

https://www.royalmail.com/price-finder

This is the Royal Mail's site for checking a quote. If you have the weight, then this is the place you need.

Anything under 2kg can be sent royal mail. Anything heavier has to go parcel post. They tend to be more expensive.

A parcel going overseas has to have a maximum total dimensions that add up to 90cm (so length plus width plus depth cannot exceed 90cm) if it is going to qualify for Royal Mail. Otherwise, again, it's Parcelforce.

Parcelforce use volumetric calculations which mean that they are stupidly expensive when they don't need to be.
https://www.parcelforce.com/price-finder

This is their site. I find it more unfriendly to use than the RM one. Basically they calculate the cost based on an imaginary weight calculated from the size dimensions of the parcel, not the actual weight of the parcel.

You should be able to use the above linked website to find out tracked or untracked options and to Hungary by entering the country. I forget which zone European countries are in but there are only like 2 or 3 zones anyway.

Hope some of that is helpful, even if I can't take on the transaction itself.

I don't know about other courier services. I find couriers a bit hit and miss...
« Last Edit: March 05, 2018, 12:04:53 AM by Taffeta »
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I think there are eBay agents who will buy items and ship them to you.  I don't know any specific ones offhand, but maybe someone else will know the name of one that ships from the UK to Hungary. :)

Edit:  Maybe a company like this?  https://www.forward2me.com/pricing/

Disclaimer, I have never used that company and don't know anything about them . . . Just found them by googling.  :)
« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 09:08:21 PM by LadyMoondancer »
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Thank you for your help Taffeta and LadyMoondancer! Although the auctions are now over (but I managed to check estimated shipping costs beforehand, and those together with the end prices have crept up higher than what I was ready to pay, so I let them go), the links you have provided are very useful, I have already used the ones Taffeta mentioned, and I will definitely check the forward2me one out too! I have already heard of such companies, but mostly in context of buying from Japan or China, and I never thought such companies exist also within Europe (about which I now feel silly, in today's international buyer world it is no surprise :) ). I'll have to dig deeper into how these actually work.

Thank you for the useful advices again!  :lovey:
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