This is a good tip for everyone, for any auction on eBay: You can search *just* a person'* negative or neutral feedback here:
This has come in very handy for me, for some sellers who do an extremely large volume of business. Sellers that sell thousands of items every month, but show less than 1% negative feedback, can mean dozens of negatives buried amongst pages upon pages of positive feedback. You need to know what negative or neutral feedback, if any, a person has, and this tool helps you get it.
That said, the request isn't really that odd. If you receive payment first, there'* not much chance of getting scammed. But do use the person'* communication with you and feedback as a guideline. If they are extremely uneducated and do not know how to spell, for instance, think twice. If they have sketchy feedback, think twice. Otherwise, I've made similar deals with Canadians through eBay without problems.
One way to avoid that sort of thing if you don't want to deal with it in future auctions is to only list your item for USA. I often get inquiries from China whenever I sell an ancient Macintosh, begging me to ship it to China, but there'* just no need for me to take such a risk when I can sell it in the US.
I don't know if there'* any eBay penalty for withdrawing an auction, but if you decide you need to, you can always say you tested the item and discovered it to be defective. That should neutralize any penalty you might get. (They can't penalize you for delisting an item before it'* sold, can they?)
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