We have gotten tons of requests for orders like this for years. In the past we have rejected them for fear of fraud, (the first few times we shipped overseas we got hurt),refused deliveries (do to taxes and duties) and chargebacks. In the next few days we are going to be rolling out a third party solution that handles all the issues with shipping international. (i.e. fraud, shipping, taxes, duties, returns, etc) We feel that the cost of one of these solutions far outweighs the risk of doing it on our own. You may want to look into one of these services.
Msg#: 3982220 posted 9:19 am on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)
If it's a large UK international retailer, they are probably a limited company. Their company name should end in 'Ltd' or 'PLC'. First step is to ensure that they really exist, or still exist since many companies have gone under in the last year or so. Limited companies can be checked on www.companieshouse.gov.uk. It's not a comprehensive check by any means, but it is a start.
I think you may try to use Paypal. It is popular in UK and if the buyer is verified or address can be verified, PayPal should give you protection. Not that I am fan of PayPal but for UK it may work just fine. It also depends how big this transaction is.