How to Stop International Bids on eBay

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How to Stop International Bids on eBay
eBay sellers can decide where they're willing to ship items to. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

eBay allows sellers who only want to sell items domestically to do so, letting the sellers specify that they will not accept international bids on their auctions. International bidders who ignore this can have their bids cancelled, and may have their winning bid reversed if an auction ends before the seller can cancel the bid.

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Things you need

  • eBay seller account

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  1. 1

    Sign in to eBay and click the "My eBay" link at the top of the page. Click the "Account" tab to access your account options, then click the "Site Preferences" link to go to the preferences settings for your account.

  2. 2

    Click the "Show" link next to the "Shipping Preferences" listing to display your shipping preferences. Click the "Exclude Shipping Locations from Your Listings" link.

  3. 3

    Select the regions and countries you do not want to ship items to. You may also specify individual states if you want to exclude shipping to states beyond a certain distance as well. Select the "Apply to All Current Live Listings" option if you have auctions on the site that you want to apply the restrictions to, then click the "Apply" button to set your shipping preferences.

  4. 4

    Return to the "Site Preferences" page. Go to the "Selling Preferences" section, then click the "Show" link next to "Buyer Requirements." Click the "Edit" link to access the buyer requirements settings page.

  5. 5

    Select the option to set a buyer requirement concerning buyers who have a primary address in countries that you choose not to ship to. This will prevent individuals in countries you have excluded from bidding on your auctions. As before, select "Apply to All Current Live Listings" if you have auctions you wish to apply this setting to and then click the "Apply" button.

Tips and warnings

  • If an auction ends with a bidder from a country that you don't allow winning the auction, contact him and explain that you don't ship to his country. Refund any money paid to you by the bidder and request that eBay cancel the transaction so that you can relist your item, or offer it to the next highest bidder by using the "Second Chance" option.

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