First experience buying in Ebay!

edison

New Member
#1
Hello, great pleasure, I'm Edison "The New Guy" from Colombia, and I've been reading many of these Post of "Bad Experiences Selling" and I've been terrified.

I have never sold on Ebay. And I regret that many collectors have gone through such bad experiences and that many dishonest people have benefited.

Although you have also been buyers, I imagine you have favorite and honest sellers on Ebay. Please, I come to your good experiences and recommendations, if there are better sellers that can recommend me or many more things that can advise me

I have researched a lot and I have noticed that almost all Panini items have one thing in common, Germany ... ¿Is Germany the Panini world capital?

These will be my first purchases, to these Ebay sellers:
https://ebay.to/2BD2vSS
https://ebay.to/2DO5pWy

My Panini collection It's nothing like another world, it's been months since I started this hobby. I like to feel the smell of a 2002 album in perfect condition and as I acquired it, and keep it delicately so I would like it to reach the hands of a buyer in the future.

Sorry for my bad English, Thanks!
 
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LeicesterRob

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Contributor
#2
Hi @edison

Welcome aboard!

Great to have new members and new discussions too! You're English is excellent

I would say that in the whole I have had very good transactions as a buyer (always use PayPal if you can) and as an occasional seller I have only had two difficult transactions (mainly due to postal services and both were easily resolved).

I've bought from the seller in your second link and have had very good experiences.

I guess one recommendation is not to over buy and if a parcel does go astray then the loss is limited.

If you can, I'd recommend to ask for your post to be tracked and insured in case of loss. You can do this by speaking direct with the seller before you purchase and hopefully they'll find a good solution for you.

Good question whether Germany is the capital for Panini! Maybe for eBay transactions like the sellers you're looking to buy from, but I think we all agree the capital is Italy!

Good luck with your purchases and keep us up to date with your progress!
 

dantzig

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#3
Hi Edison, welcome.

No need to be terrified of ebay, it's still the best place to find amazing cheap deals. But you need to be careful indeed. First, since you're from Colombia and like to buy from european sellers, expect some customs issues, as you've read here too.

German sellers are indeed usually reliable, those two you mention are good for sure, though I haven't bought from them in years (and they had other names). Based on my experience, the best sellers are usually the nordic ones, but there's good and bad sellers/buyers everywhere. The postal services reliability is important too and like Rob pointed out, tracking is very important when buying valuable items.

Germany is not Panini capital for sure, because just like Rob wrote, it's Italy without a doubt, it's where the "magic" begins. But I understand your point is about sales and germans are in the frontline. Panini Germany is also amongst the best Panini's around the world, based on my experience with them.

For me, there's also a "player" appearing in the past years: Poland! Polish are selling much too and they have began to sell internationally in the past years. I can say I bought more from polish than germans in the last 2/3 years, because they usually have more cheap stuff and perhaps more variety. Doesn't mean they are "better", because honestly, polish sellers kinda suck in customer service, meaning, when something goes wrong (again, you'll find complaints here). Doesn't help also most sellers can't communicate in english.

Still hope you have a wonderful experience when buying and even selling. I suggest you also browse google for online shops, you might find some good deals in some "hidden" shop :)
 

Kacper13

Well-Known Member
#4
Great to have you, here @edison ;)

As others wrote before me, eBay is best auction site to seek in Panini stuff, or even you can find some auctions sites, near your living area. There're also some shops like StickerPoint, CoolCard, and many more.

As a buyer, I think, if the parcel without code will be lost, you might get cash back from seller without any words. You have to be careful. I wish you to use only PayPal payments. PayPal often takes more cash for changing currencies, but it's just more carefully. As you're from South America country, you should ask the seller, every time to stick on the backside Custom Declaration (CN22) with selected "Gift" word. Otherwise you can be obliged to pay taxes in Colombia. Do not be afraid to use eBay, everyone was starting in the past :p

From my personal experience, I've almost never had problems with sellers, but twice with a buyers beacuse I sent the parcel with bigger value than usual as normal letter. I'm always saying in decription that I'm sending only registered parcel, and I won't refund money if customs will open and broke parcel. Also Germany has low prices of sending, (you can compare Germany with Belgium, and you'll see why there're a lot of Germans).

Everywhere in the world are the thiefs, it can be remarkable but I'm not doing trades and deals with people from my country. In most cases, the stuff is missing, and broken.

From my selling career, 70% of all buyers were from Germany. I've never had problems. Just one key to have good contacts with buyers is taking care about the parcel, and giving the code in private message. I have an rule, that I'm protecting package, like I want to recive. In my point of view, Germans are obviously buying extra and limited stuff. About the Italians I can say that they're buying almost always complete sets from diffrent leagues, tournaments. As Carlos said, the magic began in Italy.
 

edison

New Member
#5
Hi @edison

Welcome aboard!

Great to have new members and new discussions too! You're English is excellent

I would say that in the whole I have had very good transactions as a buyer (always use PayPal if you can) and as an occasional seller I have only had two difficult transactions (mainly due to postal services and both were easily resolved).

I've bought from the seller in your second link and have had very good experiences.

I guess one recommendation is not to over buy and if a parcel does go astray then the loss is limited.

If you can, I'd recommend to ask for your post to be tracked and insured in case of loss. You can do this by speaking direct with the seller before you purchase and hopefully they'll find a good solution for you.

Good question whether Germany is the capital for Panini! Maybe for eBay transactions like the sellers you're looking to buy from, but I think we all agree the capital is Italy!

Good luck with your purchases and keep us up to date with your progress!
@LeicesterRob
Thank you very much for your recommendations.
Yes, Italy is the home of Panini.

I hope to have a good shopping experience, I am doing little by little my personal collection and also some other items to sell in Colombia thinking about the Copa America next year and even if it sounds ridiculous Qatar 2022 (Qatar, it is very far, but I will have patience).

Thank you!

Hi Edison, welcome.

No need to be terrified of ebay, it's still the best place to find amazing cheap deals. But you need to be careful indeed. First, since you're from Colombia and like to buy from european sellers, expect some customs issues, as you've read here too.

German sellers are indeed usually reliable, those two you mention are good for sure, though I haven't bought from them in years (and they had other names). Based on my experience, the best sellers are usually the nordic ones, but there's good and bad sellers/buyers everywhere. The postal services reliability is important too and like Rob pointed out, tracking is very important when buying valuable items.

Germany is not Panini capital for sure, because just like Rob wrote, it's Italy without a doubt, it's where the "magic" begins. But I understand your point is about sales and germans are in the frontline. Panini Germany is also amongst the best Panini's around the world, based on my experience with them.

For me, there's also a "player" appearing in the past years: Poland! Polish are selling much too and they have began to sell internationally in the past years. I can say I bought more from polish than germans in the last 2/3 years, because they usually have more cheap stuff and perhaps more variety. Doesn't mean they are "better", because honestly, polish sellers kinda suck in customer service, meaning, when something goes wrong (again, you'll find complaints here). Doesn't help also most sellers can't communicate in english.

Still hope you have a wonderful experience when buying and even selling. I suggest you also browse google for online shops, you might find some good deals in some "hidden" shop :)
@dantzig
Thank you. Yes, the postal services is a very important factor.

Yes, every time I do a search on Ebay I always find these two cities Lemgo and Leimen, Germany. ..But, Italy will always be the one who gave us this hobby so exciting and that has lasted for generations.

Any Polish seller that you recommend from experience?

Thank you very much for your valuable recommendations, I hope to have a good experience on Ebay. Greetings from Palmira,Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Great to have you, here @edison ;)

As others wrote before me, eBay is best auction site to seek in Panini stuff, or even you can find some auctions sites, near your living area. There're also some shops like StickerPoint, CoolCard, and many more.

As a buyer, I think, if the parcel without code will be lost, you might get cash back from seller without any words. You have to be careful. I wish you to use only PayPal payments. PayPal often takes more cash for changing currencies, but it's just more carefully. As you're from South America country, you should ask the seller, every time to stick on the backside Custom Declaration (CN22) with selected "Gift" word. Otherwise you can be obliged to pay taxes in Colombia. Do not be afraid to use eBay, everyone was starting in the past :p

From my personal experience, I've almost never had problems with sellers, but twice with a buyers beacuse I sent the parcel with bigger value than usual as normal letter. I'm always saying in decription that I'm sending only registered parcel, and I won't refund money if customs will open and broke parcel. Also Germany has low prices of sending, (you can compare Germany with Belgium, and you'll see why there're a lot of Germans).

Everywhere in the world are the thiefs, it can be remarkable but I'm not doing trades and deals with people from my country. In most cases, the stuff is missing, and broken.

From my selling career, 70% of all buyers were from Germany. I've never had problems. Just one key to have good contacts with buyers is taking care about the parcel, and giving the code in private message. I have an rule, that I'm protecting package, like I want to recive. In my point of view, Germans are obviously buying extra and limited stuff. About the Italians I can say that they're buying almost always complete sets from diffrent leagues, tournaments. As Carlos said, the magic began in Italy.

@Kacper13
I really appreciate your detailed knowledge of paperwork, your recommendations and experiences. Now, I feel more confident and calm.

In South America almost all Panini items come from Brazil. In my country do not like to buy items "Made in Brazil", people want only items Panini "Made in Italy". There are few specialized vendors and many abuse with high prices.

I want to start offering a good service, good items, and a good experience. I go step by step. Panini is my passion.

Yes, Italy is the Panini world capital. I'm still curious, why always Lemgo, Germany always appears in many Ebay publications?. Thank you.

Greetings from Colombia
 
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