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      Can I Block Certain Countries From Bidding On Ebay? Why Would I Do That? How Do I Do

      Hi all. Somebody told me I can block countries from bidding on eBay. Is that possible?

      Now, why should I be doing it in the first place and for which countries?
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      Yes you have the option of blocking specific countries from bidding on your listings on Ebay. Earlier you had to block out an entire continent or try and specify who you would not ship to in your listings but this block countries option has made the entire thing really easy.

      As regards your second and third question, both answers will depend on the level of risk that you are willing to assume in your business. If you are familiar with PayPal then you will also know that you are liable in case you cannot prove delivery to the seller. Most of the time, better sales and higher profits are wiped out by Paypal refunds and so called `lost packages’. My advice is, never ship without tracking what you are not willing to lose. It is this ability to track that will determine your block countries list.

      If you are using a service like Express mail, you are pretty safe and don’t really need to block countries because the system can be tracked completely. USPS first class on the other hand leaves a lot of room for error and therefore requires some precautions at the sellers’ end. It is better to use USPS priority mail international rather than USPS priority mail flat rate even if it costs more because Flat rate international cannot be tracked. This means, it’s like a neon sign to bidders looking to scam you using a Paypal dispute by pretending that they have not received the sent object.
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      Yes you can block countries and it is such a relief. Given the headaches of shipping to certain parts of the world, I am so happy that Ebay has finally gone and done something for the benefit of sellers.

      I’ve always had this huge dilemma about missing out on an entire continent or losing money on some really bad destinations. So far I had given international shipping a miss because most countries don’t give you much legal recourse if you get cheated. I would suggest leaving out pretty much all of Africa, Asia with the exception of Japan, middle east, south east asia, Bermuda, Mexico and South America too when you block countries.

      These guys are always looking to make some extra money trying to cheat some poor seller by pretending that their package was misplaced. And the way things are today, the benefit of doubt never goes to the seller. Even if it doesn’t, they ruin your feedback rating which is even worse in terms of actual loss.

      So go ahead and use this feature – it can be a real life saver.

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      I agree that this block countries option is quite beneficial to sellers. I’ve tried to block countries in the past through my listings saying I don’t ship to so and so destination. However, once a guy orders, there is really little option that a seller has but to ship. If you don’t, you end up getting horrible feedback which hurts you more.

      This specific blocking will allow sellers to choose countries based on shipping cost as well as ease of customs clearance. Plus, you don’t have to spend hours listing down every single country every time.

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      This is a really great move by Ebay. Given that the complete liability of getting the stuff across to the buyer is with the seller, there should be some say for the sellers about where they want to ship to.

      I’ve heard of countless episodes where customers have done charge backs or worse denied receipt and there was nothing that the seller could do about it.

      Block countries that you don’t feel confident shipping to. This can save you a ton of time and money which you would otherwise waste, dealing with customers/countries that are not worth the effort.

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      I don’t think you should let one bad experience make you block an entire country. Generalizations like Italians are thieves or Russians always do so and so don’t really hold true in the real world.

      People are as capable of cheating you within the USA or UK as anywhere outside. You should have a good reason for blocking anybody or any place. Don’t go by advice in this particular case.

      There is also a very useful option called the Blocked Bidder exemption list. This means that you can allow specific bidders despite their belonging to a country that you may have blocked. This can be done by going to the Buyer requirements exemption page and entering the user IDs of the Ebay members that you want to exempt from your blocked country or any other buyer requirement list.

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      Thanks. What is the procedure to block countries? What exactly are buyer requirements?

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      Okay. Once you are on My Ebay mouse over (without clicking) the account tab and click on site preferences. In the next screen that shows up, look for shipping preferences and click on `show’ to expand your options. Now click `edit’ next to `exclude shipping locations from your listings’. The rest is pretty easy. Choose the countries that you do not want to ship to. I suggest clicking on the continent box which will automatically select all countries within and then you can unselect those that you do want to ship to.

      Check the box next to `apply to all current listings’. In case you already have a bidder, this won’t help. That’s all it takes to block countries.

      Best part is that it will apply to all future listings as well so that saves a whole lot of time. In case you change your mind about any country at any stage, just go back and uncheck.

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      I suggest you use this entire blocking option with care. While you reduce exposure, you can also really cut down on your own sales potential.

      Ebay has a suggested criteria list for blocking buyers or countries. Most of them appear to be real genuine reasons for blocking buyers/places.

      • Buyers without a Paypal account
      • Buyers with unpaid items on their account
      • Buyers belonging to a country/shipping address that you don’t ship to or even those having a primary shipping address in a country that you don’t ship to
      • Have a low feedback score
      • Have reportedly violated Ebay policies
      • Buyers who bid but did not finally pay.

      You must have a really good reason before deciding to block any one person or country.

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