Re: [NTLK] Risky Business

From: Russ Bravo (
Date: Tue Nov 16 2004 - 00:32:59 PST

I can say a hearty 'Amen!' to that, James. As someone who has been
collecting, using, buying and selling
Newtons over the past three years plus, I can say that there are
sellers who I've got to recognise as providing an excellent service,
and who are prepared to ship to me in the UK without charging
ridiculous shipping. I'll always come to them first.

And hopefully, there are buyers who have bought Newtons or Newton
accessories off me - one to one, via the list or on eBay UK, who will
feel they get good value, and who return to buy more when they want to.
I protect my 100% 500+ rating vigorously! Over this time I've only had
2 or 3 bidders who have not paid up, and who I've had to post negative
feedback for. And generally, the UK postal service has done a grand job
in pushing stuff out not just to the UK but to the US, Australia,
Europe and more.

I've only had two packages go wrong - one that came back damaged after
rough handling in transit and an eMate I am just about to remail to
Italy, which somehow the Italian postal services claimed had a wrong
address when it was entirely correct.

With generally small items like Newtons, I'll always ship overseas
provided shipping costs are covered. I'm close to a post office and the
customs form takes about 30 seconds.

On the duty issue, it seems to be entirely random. I've had packages
where I've paid GB 30 customs fee, and others of similar size where
nothing has been charged. Pot luck, really.

Russ, UK

On 16 Nov 2004, at 06:57, wrote:

> On 11/16/04 3:26 AM, Steele Campbell <> wrote:
>> Now I do have other work and schooling to attend yet I can go out of
>> my way (quite regularly) to go to the Post Office and fill out all the
>> forms. It takes no more than a few minutes and I by no means consider
>> this an "extra" mile. I am a businessman and therefore I have to be
>> willing to please my customers. Over the hundreds of transactions, I
>> have NEVER, EVER, NOT EVEN ONCE been scammed. All it takes is common
>> sense and some proper communication.
> And that's what makes the business world go round! Steele, as a
> buyer, I
> feel inclined to purchase something from you even though I don't yet
> know
> what you sell, only because you are clearly showing how widely your
> door is
> "open for business." And as a business owner, I feel a special
> camaraderie
> toward you as a "like mind."
> Best to you in your business endeavors!
> James Wages

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