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Sat Aug 27 2016 22:29:41

Amazon Follows eBay in Giving Hand to Global Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon is helping 12,000 sellers in India help reach shoppers in North America and Europe through an Amazon Global Selling Program, according to FinancialExpress.com. eBay similarly is helping sellers engage in cross-border trade.

However, domestic sellers with higher costs often find it difficult to compete with sellers from low-cost countries like China and India. Some also say international sellers can provide a less satisfactory buyer experience - including longer delivery times - potentially hurting sales for everyone.

Amazon and eBay also help merchants in developed markets sell internationally, but there's no question sellers from China are having a growing impact on ecommerce in the US. What are domestic sellers to do about competitors from developing countries who get help from Amazon and eBay - how do you maintain profitability in the face of such an influx?




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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Sun Aug 28 17:48:35 2016

I was thinking the other day of how great it would be if someone started a venue for sellers for items made exclusively in the USA.

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Mon Aug 29 02:07:45 2016

Wasn't Main St trying to give sellers the impression it was a USA site selling only in the USA? I wasn't accepted so I never visited the site to buy. I am fairly sure items weren't made exclusively in the USA. It would be great to have a site like that.

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Mon Aug 29 02:16:18 2016

As a buyer I would want to know two things: How long is the delivery time and if there is a return, who pays the shipping cost. I know on eBay they throw either the seller or buyer under the bus for international returns. This is why on eBay I do not purchase overseas and I do not sell globally. Not worth the chance.

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by: Watching the Wheels This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 29 05:20:37 2016

Vote for Trump!

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 29 10:09:38 2016

Amazon just looking for another source of revenue.  I would never purchase anything from India. Wait time will be too long and IF you have to return an item - forget it. Unless it is extremely light and expensive. As a rule I do not buy anything expensive on line.  The return shipping would be ridiculous. Do they have tracking with signature???

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by: NYC212 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Aug 29 10:27:48 2016

with no middle man the new retail price is just above wholesale from the factories with glut on their hands in China and now India.  Good for US consumers of products made in those countries.  bad news for anybody competing with them.  We're not talking about high priced stuff usually.  

As for transit times.  True regular post takes time.  On the other hand I purchased photo gear by a Swiss company made in India which was sent USPS Express and it was delivered in 36 hours from purchase India to NYC.  As for returns...most of these sellers give it to you for free if there is an issue instead of risking a bad review.



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