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eBay Global Shipping option vs. creating separate eBay listings for ebay.au, ebay.uk, ebay.de, etc
TheGongShop
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February 16, 2015 - 2:45 pm
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I’ve watched all the tutorials on Cross Border trade and I’m wondering what the advantage is of creating separate listing groups for each eBay site you sell on, versus just using eBay’s Global Shipping Program to display your products in other international eBay sites?

I guess you can control the language in your listings, not rely on eBay/Paypal’s exchange rates, but the shipping option of eBay’s Gobal Shipping Program seems to trump all of that, it’s just really easy. It’s hard for me to return accurate shipping rates for the products I sell, so just sending it to eBay shipping hub is just much easier.

Advice? Opinions?

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Matthew Ogborne

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February 16, 2015 - 8:45 pm
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Howdy,

I think you might have missed one of the tutorials as we cover the international site visibility option as that would encompass the eBay global shipping options too.

eBay’s GSP adds the extra costs onto the buyer, thus you’re likely to be overpriced and the listing is missing any of the site specific details, such as direct categorisation, item specifics etc….

See the comments in this tutorial as it’ll help: https://understandinge.com/lesson/cbt-002/

Hope that helps,

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Cliff Woodworth
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February 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Hi,
Sorry to gatecrash but i was thinking a similar thing and spoke to ebay about it. They recommended that i use the GSP as it is tracked and great for feedback.
They also suggested just to list internationally from the uk site as if i started listing from each ebay International site i would have to pay listing fees as if i was starting from scratch again. This would then mean paying for an ebay store multiple times for each site. Is this true as i wasn’t too confident about her advice?

Thanks
Cliff

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Matthew Ogborne

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February 17, 2015 - 10:41 am
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Howdy Cliff,

Please gatecrash :)

There are definitely some good points to the eBay GSP, being covered from delivery FB and it being tracked is definitely up there, plus it’s handy for buyers to obtain products at sensible (ish) shipping prices.

They also suggested just to list internationally from the uk site as if i started listing from each ebay International site i would have to pay listing fees as if i was starting from scratch again. This would then mean paying for an ebay store multiple times for each site. Is this true as i wasn’t too confident about her advice?

Thats correct.

Selling directly onto the international eBay sites is the same as you going to the UK site and making a listing, but you’re doing this on an international site, eBay.com.au for example.

The key point to this is that the listing is then native to that country site, so that all the features are local to it, in this example eBay Australia, so that the shipping options, categorisation, item specifics etc…. are all localised and crucially (this is the BIG ONE), the listing is on that local site, thus appears how your UK listings appear on the UK site.

They’ll have their own best match ranks and also as a seller you’ll be graded on a per-site basis as well for performance too.

Yes it is the longer way of doing things (but far better for the reasons above) and yes there are simpler methods, such as the GSP that is a half-way-house and webinterpret which is an automated way (but less human).

Does that help gatecrasher, sorry Cliff? :D

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Cliff Woodworth
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February 17, 2015 - 11:04 am
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Haha! Cheers Matt!
Yeah that does help. I do understand that the harder way is the better way. I have an ebay featured account and have zero fees on some international listings so I might just trial as a UK seller in Australia for example first to see if I get any sales at all.
I will work on listing them on the other sites at some point soon.
Thanks for the advice, really helped.
Gatecrasher Cliff!

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Matthew Ogborne

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February 17, 2015 - 11:30 am
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Howdy Cliff,

Daft point, you don’t need to do ALL your products, just pick a couple, say 5 and focus on them first to get a feel for what the potential is going to be like.

Oh and daft point #2, the US, Canada and Australia are all English, go for those first.

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TheGongShop
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I’m still not convinced.

Even is you create listings on all the individual sites, your product is still shipping from abroad (in my case the US).

GSP has the following advantages:

-cheaper shipping options than are attainable shipping internationally via UPS or Fedex (at least with my negotiated rates with these carriers)
-feedback from one site, rather than working up new feedback from new sites (sellers would be more interested in buying from an established seller with 5000 positive feedbacks as opposed to 1)
-no additional store fees or monthly fees

How do listings appear differently on the UK site versus the US or CA or AU sites?

I’m talking about low hanging fruit here. I think it would make more sense NOT to use GSP if you’re selling on German, French, or Spanish sites.

But as a US seller looking to sell in English speaking countries, UK, CA, and AU why go to all the trouble to list on each specific site versus eBay’s GSP?

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Carlo Silva
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March 29, 2015 - 6:26 pm
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TheGongShop said

I’m still not convinced.

Even is you create listings on all the individual sites, your product is still shipping from abroad (in my case the US).

GSP has the following advantages:

-cheaper shipping options than are attainable shipping internationally via UPS or Fedex (at least with my negotiated rates with these carriers)
-feedback from one site, rather than working up new feedback from new sites (sellers would be more interested in buying from an established seller with 5000 positive feedbacks as opposed to 1)
-no additional store fees or monthly fees

How do listings appear differently on the UK site versus the US or CA or AU sites?

I’m talking about low hanging fruit here. I think it would make more sense NOT to use GSP if you’re selling on German, French, or Spanish sites.

But as a US seller looking to sell in English speaking countries, UK, CA, and AU why go to all the trouble to list on each specific site versus eBay’s GSP?

Hello,

Have you ever noticed on ebay.com that you can have a seller located in China showing up on eBay’s main search results and its listed in US currency without the currency conversion?

I think it will give you an advantage to list directly onto the country sites, because:

1. You will show up in the main search results, and not at the bottom. If you don’t list directly on the country site, you will show up as “international sellers” at the bottom of the results.
2. Price of the product is within the customers local currency
3. Depending what country you’re from, the majority of the international sites actually give you free listing fee’s if you’re an anchor store.

http://sellercentre.ebay.co.uk…..#duplicate

From eBay:
Reduced fees for international selling
If you’re a resident of the UK or Ireland, you’ll automatically get the following benefits for all 30-day and Good ‘Til Cancelled listings on our international sites:
Zero insertion fees when listing on all of our European and Australian sites.
Zero insertion fees for your first 2500 listings per month on eBay.com (0.05 USD for each subsequent listing).
Zero insertion fees for your first 2500 listings per month on eBay.ca (0.05 CAD for each subsequent listing).

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Carlo Silva
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March 29, 2015 - 6:32 pm
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