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Can I list on .com?

I'm registered on .co.uk and just noticed that the fees in the category that I list in ate 6.5% lower on .com than they are on .co.uk

 

I was able to start  listing on .com but have not completed it.

 

Is anyone else listing on co.uk and .com?

 

Any advice?

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

I am currently trying a few listings on .com because I have an offer until September for free listings and free FVFs!

 

I don't normally sell internationally, and I only used these because they were free, but I'm not sure that it's succesful. I have listed some patterns that should really have sold over here, but of course, I show up as an 'international seller' on co.uk and come at the very bottom of the placings, after all the UK ones. So no sales at all so far. I will try a couple of books soon that sell better to US than here. 

 

I always think you have to try these things - what works for one, won't work for another. If your items are likely to be bought by US sellers, you probably stand a better chance of a sale.

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to booksandpatterns
My question was more about the FVFs as there is a big difference in my category. I assume because in the US sellers of musical instruments switched to a specialist platform who don't charge for listing and FVFs are 3.5%. and no PayPal fees. Unfortunately it hasn't taken off here but I do have some good sales in countries where it has taken off. Britain seems to be broken and broke at the moment!
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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

@so_last_century_rockin wrote:
My question was more about the FVFs as there is a big difference in my category. I assume because in the US sellers of musical instruments switched to a specialist platform who don't charge for listing and FVFs are 3.5%. and no PayPal fees. Unfortunately it hasn't taken off here but I do have some good sales in countries where it has taken off. Britain seems to be broken and broke at the moment!

Sorry, I was misled by the question: 'Can I list on .com?'

 

So what exactly was the question?

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to booksandpatterns
So the FVFs are advertised as 6.5% lower on .com.
If I list with my UK ID, but on .com, will I get the lower FVFs or will I pay the UK rip-off fees?
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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

If you list on .com, you pay .com fees. 

 

 

But if your buyers are mainly UK buyers, you need to check that they will be able to see your items (you will show as an 'international' seller on co.uk, and come right at the end of all the UK listngs.)

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to booksandpatterns
Many of my items are going over seas these days. Sales to the UK are usually a pittance.

Do you do it?
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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

No, as I said earlier, I don't usually send internationally.

 

I am only listing directly on .com at the moment because of an offer for free listings and FVFs, and I have just closed my shop, so it was a way of still putting listings on - but as I said, I don't think my UK buyers are really seeing them.

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to booksandpatterns
right.

so you're one of the established sellers who decided a shop subscription was no longer worth while?
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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

At the moment it isn't worthwhile for me. Summer is always quieter for me, but I have always kept the shop running before and done OK. I did plan on reducing down from a Featured Shop to a Basic as sales are not so good this year. 

 

But I am so fed up with planning what I am going to do (pricing/offers etc) only to have ebay constantly mess around with the Promo offers for the last 6 months. I shut down my other ID in Feb because my promos were not visible in search or on the listings, so I was losing out while buyers skipped my items in favour of those they could see offering promos.

 

Then, May 1st, promo offers disappeared from search results on this, my main ID Smiley Sad We still haven't had a proper announcement about it, and it still varies from seller to seller, so I guess they are still messing with it. Well, it seemed pointless paying £80 a month for a huge drop in sales and no clear announcement as to what we get for our money, and the more annoyed I got with it, and the more messing they did, it didn't even seem worth paying £30 a month for hidden promos and rubbish sales. 

 

So, I shut the shop. I will probably reopen at the end of August - though only at Basic level. And that is only because I still have quite a lot of books and patterns to get through, though I am stripping out a lot of them for charity bookshops and the recycling bin for the patterns!

 

Meanwhile, I will add the odd listing on here, and test out other venues - and try a few more free .com listings. We are also tackling the loft, so if I am not busy on this ID I will have the time to put some of our own stuff on my private ID.

 

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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to booksandpatterns
Ok, I'm going off topic a bit.

It's sad to see that this is happening to people. it's always the case that some venues will work for some people better than others. But what is strange (or maybe it isn't) is that established businesses find their market share disappears almost over night.

What makes it worse is the way eBay keep us in the dark about strategy and changes. When they do tell us something, the tendency is to treat it with suspicion.

Back on topic. I wonder if It's worth the effort? I may be as well to focus on my new platforms? I suppose a lot of people are giving up on eBay altogether? (all rhetorical)
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Re: Can I list on .com?

in reply to so_last_century_rockin

It's always worth the effort just to see if things improve, but the dot com sellers are complaining just as bitterly about this year's downturn in sales etc, so don't expect miracles.

I used to list on there to get extra allowances, but stopped as sales were no better, and ebay increased the promos here whilst reducing them over there.

 

Just be sure anyhting listed on both sites is not available worldwide on both i.e. you check postage options or you will be found guilty of duplicate listings, and suffer eternal damnation or similar.

 

Good luck