Being new to ecommerce and international shipping, does this situation checkout good or risky?
Today I received an inquiry of the cost to ship an item to Italy by UPS. The cost to send a 3LB package from Virginia to Italy cost $136.58 and the goods value is $64.98.
Now, the person I received the inquiry from runs their own ecommerce store and the IP address from the received message checks out. They want me to use their UPS account for the shipping fee, which UPS said it's OK to do so. The email itself was well constructed as would I except from a experience store owner. The customer gave several payment options they could use; Credit Card or Bank Transfer or Paypal Verified.
So, the only possible red flag is the willingness to purchase an item and pay double the cost of the item in shipping and custom fees. The item is unique, but, IMO the same item should be able to made for them locally by a sign shop.
Any thoughts and/or opinions are welcome.