Second this. And I really like how they use the forums for buy sell so questions can be answered publicly. I could be wrong but I do believe SGL is most focused in UK. Not sure how broad user base is in Europe in general.
There are sellers from outside of UK on both SGL and UKABS - as well as buyers. I’m from Finland and have bought lots of gear from both. I’d say in my case 90% of sellers have been British and 10% from other EU countries. There was only one (understandable) occasion, when a British seller did not want to ship an expensive refractor overseas to me, because of the risk to the scope during shipping. But usually I buy smaller stuff, like EPs - never any real problems and most sellers seem happy as well.
I’m pretty sure almost all EU countries have their own national astro forums (I know we have), but buying and selling to/from foreign hobbyists at those is naturally hampered by the language barrier. Everybody knows at least some English, so many of us Europeans tend to gravitate to UK sites. It’s a very, very small and marginal hobby, after all.
Having said above, I’m surprised there aren’t more non-UK sellers at SGL and UKABS. Then again, when I’m selling, I try to do it on the Finnish forum first (there really aren’t many of us!), and then move the add to the British sites if I can’t find the buyer closer to home.
There is also some EU activity on Astromart (my fourth line of action, if the goods won’t move through the European sites - I’ve sold only one TV EP there, to a Turkish guy, transaction went fine), but it’s much more infrequent than on UK sites. Astromart requires a 15$ annual subscription, so may not be attractive to Europeans, unless selling/buying more expensive stuff.
Edited by Axunator, 11 July 2019 - 02:14 PM.