Completely understand the paypal thing
We'll so far I have had nothing but good transactions in the for sale area. Of course I will be selling a few things now to help pay for everything I have bought.
My experience is to FOLLOW THE RULES FOR PURCHASING FROM HF. My first purchase on HF was a tarp, absolute junk. I was not a happy camper.
Now, I look to see how long the seller has been a member, I read a few of their prior posts, I take a look at how often they post and if they reveal their personality before I purchase from them.
Now, that I follow all suggestions on HF, everything has gone very well. I have favored members that I like to purchase from. It was just the first deal that was not a reasonable deal, everything else has been exactly as I expected.
As for shipping out of country, it can be a pain in the neck. The Value Added Tax for Uk is really steep in my humble opinion. The VAT is based on the cost of the item, plus shipping if it is over a certain low amount.
If I wanted something and it stated for the States only I would inquire from the seller, if they would be willing to ship it to me.
My experience is a lot of times people do not want to pay the extra postage, taxes and they send it back to me. So do your research and make your decisions/
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