Since eBay is already well known for a lot of people, I’m not going to introduce it again here. Hence, this blog post is purely going to focus specifically for Malaysian photographers on how you can buy a used lenses or cameras on eBay. If you have an interest to buy your next photography gear on eBay – so read on!
- You’ll need an eBay account (of course)
- You’ll need a PayPal account - If you don’t have this, then forget about buying anything on eBay. Some of the seller does except Credit Card but most of them is using PayPal for payment. Therefore, PayPal account is very crucial for any transaction within eBay marketplace. If you don’t know how to create one, just Google it, I’m sure there is plenty of information and guideline available online that can assist you.
Install an eBay apps on your mobile phone
Find a Trustworthy Seller
From the date stated in each comment, it is clear that there is no complaints about this seller from the recent purchases by the buyers.
My personal tips:
- Always find sellers with 100% positive feedback. Period. Look away even if they have only one negative feedback.
- Based on my experience, sellers from Japan is mostly trustworthy and their description about the items is 100% accurate. Nevertheless, always look for sellers with 100% positive feedback.
If everything looks great, now let’s go to the next step!
Postage, Returns & Payments
For me, this is some sort of “personal insurance” for my money. I know they will honour their promises should the item that they sell is faulty. eBay are also aware about this section and you can always assure that you are protected once the seller is offering a Money Back guarantee.
Next, proceed with your purchases and get ready to pay for the Import Tax!
Malaysia Import Tax for Used Camera and Lenses
Otherwise (as of this writings) the import tax for used camera and lenses is 5% from the total purchase value. Assuming that the lens that you have bought is MYR2,000.00 (including the postage charges) then the tax implies for this item is MYR100.00. When this happened, your item will be held by Malaysian Custom Department located at Pos Malaysia International Hub (KLIA). You will get the notification by the Pos Malaysia online tracker apps as below:
Why collect by ourselves you may ask? If you are allowing Pos Malaysia to send it over to you, you will need to pay an additional MYR85.00 (as of this writing) – that is NOT including the taxes that you need to pay – and you will need to wait at least for 3 to 5 working days for the item to reach you.
Yup, you are paying an extra money so that you can wait for the next 3 to 5 days to get your item – for me that is totally ridiculous.
Calculation for the Import Tax and other Charges
- Assuming the total invoice value is MYR2,000.00
- Import Tax needed to be paid is 5% of the total invoice value = MYR100.00
- Customs EDI Fees (Borang BK1) = MYR18.00 (This value may vary. Based on my experience, normally for used camera and lenses is not more than MYR20.00 for one item) **To be honest, I don’t know how they calculated the fees. Sometime it maybe more than MYR20.00.
- Don’t forget the SST charges is 6% from Customs EDI fees = MYR18.00 x 6% = MYR1.08
- So, the final charges that you will need to pay is MYR119.10 (nearest round figure).
AND! They are only accepting cash! So, remember to bring an extra money before going there.
My Final Advise
So, there you go. I hope this information helps a lot for the new eBay buyers out there. Should you find this information useful, please kindly share it with everyone!