Handling Overseas Art Sales
How do you handle overseas orders? Michael Lynn Adams asks:
I have a buyer who lives in South Africa (actually London, moving to South Africa). I am in Los Angeles. They will arrange and pay for shipping once payment for the paintings has cleared on my end.The question: What is the best practice for long- distance payments? And, had the buyers not been willing to arrange for shipping, best practices or advice about that.I do not trust personal checks and am not comfortable with money orders or cashiers checks. I do not have a credit card services account. However, I do have a Paypal merchant account that I have yet to use. One Paypal option is to create a Paypal invoice, but I am not sure if that gives the buyer credit card payment as an option. Another Paypal option would be to create a custom Webpage exclusively for the buyer (that is an easy process for me). That would give the buyer credit card payment as an option.Am I on the right track? Are there pitfalls I am not seeing?
Speaking only for myself, my online shopping cart handles all of my overseas orders, whether they’re through PayPal, MasterCard or VISA. I have never had a problem with someone defaulting on an overseas order, but I’m dealing with items with a much lower price point than fine art.
I do believe that you can invoice the buyer with PayPal and that all PayPal payments offer a credit card option, but I’d love for other artists to share their “seller beware” stories here. What should Michael look out for?
Image ©Michael Lynn Adams, Picnic in Santa Ynez