eBay UK Sellers Face More Competition and Less Exposure
By Ina Steiner
eBay users in the UK got more bad news on Thursday when eBay announced more details about its tests of the way listings appear on non-domestic sites. In February, eBay changed the way British listings appear on the US eBay.com website: previously, items listed on eBay.co.uk also appeared in the default search results on eBay.com, but now, they are no longer guaranteed to appear there. Yesterday, eBay announced that US listings would appear on the UK site in certain categories.
That means UK sellers are getting less exposure because their listings do not appear on the US site, but face added competition from US sellers whose items will appear on the UK site by default in some cases, if they specify worldwide shipping.
Reaction from users in the eBay UK Forum can be seen here:
And UK Blogger Tamebay reacts here:
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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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