eBay buyers bypass seller’s Buyer Preferences

GlobeHow does a an international buyer manage to make a purchase from a seller on eBay UK who has blocked orders from their country?

That’s the question Tamebay reader Simon set out to answer when it happened to him. He told us that he blocks international buyers from his eBay UK listings. Instead he is quite happy to sell and ship via eBay local sites – DE, FR, IT – it makes it easier to set correct shipping and transit times.

Simon noticed that some buyers were managing to purchase our items from him on the eBay UK site even though they were from outside the UK. Eventually eBay support found the answer saying that it was zero feedback users that newly registered.

It appears that when a new user signs up, if they have already selected the item they want then it bypasses all the blocks. It’s a pain for Simon as it means the buyer will message him and say how much for shipping and we have to tell them about eBay’s bug and direct them to the relevant international eBay site.

Have you seen international buyers bypass your buyer requirements? This was a new one for me and not one I’m able to test without knowing exactly what buyer preferences a particular seller had set.