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Old 03-03-2006, 07:00 AM   #1
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Expats selling items on EBAY while abroad

I have a suitcase in storage in a Kunming, China youth hostel. When i pick it up, I really don't want to carry it around anymore. It is full of useful travel items such as travel iron, yoga mat, winter clothes, etc...

Instead of shipping it home (and thus wasting money), I'd like to sell the suitcase and its contents (to fellow travellers perhaps) on EBAY.

I have no Ebay EXPERIENCE, but willing to learn quickly.

My question is will people buy used clothes on EBAY? If so, will they buy them if I post a Chinese address? After all, I plan to relocate to Shanghai after I pick up my things in KUNMING.

In Shanghai, I'd like to open an EBAY account and start mailing these goods out from my apartment.

Is all this at all realistic? Or am i better off shipping the suitcase home so my mom can put it in her closet for eternity?
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Uhm, for that type of item, you're almost better off trying to unload that stuff at the hostel... Shipping small items like that is, like you've found, unusually expensive... and since eBay has enough fraud, I'm not too sure that you'd get much in the way of decent offers (cause you're overseas)...
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I deffanatly agree with trying to unload your stuff at a hostel. I am a fan of eBay, but most people won't buy stuff from an overseas seller due to the risk of fraud. Also, it would probobly be faster to sell the stuff at a hostel. Also, most people won't want to pay the higher cost of shipping something that far. As a side note, most used stuff sells so cheap on eBay that it isn't worth the time it takes to sell it.
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