on 12-07-2018 2:08 PM
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?
on 12-07-2018 4:15 PM
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.
on 12-07-2018 4:27 PM
on 12-07-2018 4:46 PM
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?
on 12-07-2018 9:15 PM
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.)
on 12-07-2018 9:22 PM
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.
on 13-07-2018 7:38 AM
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 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.
on 13-07-2018 10:12 AM
on 13-07-2018 11:49 AM
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.