There has been a lot of talk lately about International visibility. I just feel the need to set the record straight, using eBay's written directions as my source.
We all know that in our listing forms, there is the International Listing section where we CAN choose "Worldwide" shipping. Choosing "Worldwide" simply means that you will ship Internationally and the shipping prices will show up for that customer. eBay does not charge extra to be seen on International eBay sites, although listings are in the "International" section and not integrated with their local listings.
If you use GSP (Global Shipping Program), the buyers do not have to come to the US site as your GSP listings are made available on International localized sites. For instance, I have this toaster listed with GSP:
My toaster is #1 on Australia. Items that are NOT GSP listings, and you have marked World Wide are found at the very bottom of the page (about 4 listings) and then there is a link that you can click to see all the International Listings that match. All my items that are 4 pounds and over are listed GSP. My light items are regular listings and would be found at the bottom.. well not really.. because I'll be showing you how to list to be integrated within the regular listings and NOT buried at the bottom. And NOOOOOO this is not by checking the International Boxes on Site Preferences!!!!! Oh, now I am getting ahead of myself. Oops!
Some people list directly on the International Sites and pay extra for this service. To be able to list directly on the sites (you would have to pay extra) but NOT log in... you would change your site preferences to do this:
Changing your site preferences to include all the countries simply means that you can now create a listing template in Selling Manager Pro and by doing that you will be given the OPTION of selecting the eBay site that the template is for. (Read it for yourself) This enables you to list there without logging in... Just checking these options does NOT put your listing in those country listings in the regular mix. Your listing will still be in the International portion of the search page just like all other world wide shippers that do NOT use GSP or...eBay International Market
So.. what is eBay International Market? This is a program that eBay has created that displays your listings in their language, with their currency, in their time zone. This is available for FIXED PRICE LISTINGS. The following countries are included in this program : Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Russia and Sweden. How do you get your items in this program? Well I can tell you that it is not by changing your site preferences.
The instructions can be read here. I always try to encourage every lister to read the information themselves and not just to take my word. In short... what you do is that instead of clicking "World Wide", you choose Custom Locations and then check the country areas you are willing to ship to. (I check them all) I do not know why eBay has this as the method of being in the program, you would think that eBay would just make this automatic but it is just not the case.
eBay International Market buyers in the above list can search in their own language and purchase on three sites. eBay.com , eBay.de (Germany) and eBay.uk (UK)
Other than GSP there are only 3 ways to list Internationally to get your listings lumped together with the local sellers. (as opposed to be buried in the bottom International section)
So now, when you are tweaking your listings, change that International portion of your listing for Custom Locations. Disclaimer: Your items will be seen without eBay International Market and some have grown a very nice International business even with their items being shown in the International Section. These customers normally can speak/read English. This program reaches out to those customers that do not speak / read/ write our language.
Listing in the eBay International Market puts your listing in the main search only for the participating countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Russia and Sweden). All the rest of the countries will see their listing in that little International section.
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