Monday, 24 September 2012

eBay release new selling feature

eBay have seemingly improved the ability for eBay stores to sell Internationally through the release of their International postage rate tables. 

As we explained a few weeks ago, the International postage tables allow you to customise which countries you want to ship your products to by specifically selecting as many or as few countries as you like, with over 200 countries to choose from.

The feature also allows you to provide added shipping information to your customers regarding each order such as postage costs, weight-based costs and any surcharges that they may be required to pay. This allows any customers visiting your store, to make a more informed decision as whether to purchase an item from you. 

If you have never sold Internationally, there has never been a better time for you to give it a go. However, before deciding whether to undertake in International selling, you should full research that it will definitely be a profitable endeavour, meaning you have determined that there is not only a high demand for the products your online store sells, but also that the market is not over crowded with a number of other stores also selling the same products. 

If you do currently run a domestic eBay store, but would like start selling Internationally, you can do this in a few simple steps: 

  • Go to "My eBay" and then select "Account" and then "Site Preferences." 
  • Locate the postage and pricing preferences and then select the "Show" option. This will bring up the postage rate tables section.
  • Next to the "Use postage tables" option, select "Edit." 
  • Change the domestic and International postage rates that you would like to offer to your customers. Only enter the postage information in a specific country if you want to have that country as a destination to ship to. 
  • Once you have made all the changes to your postage rates, click on the "Apply" button to save the changes.

When you list a product on your eBay store, it will now add these International postage options.

However, eBay have warned customers that if they use a third party tool, you should check with your provider to ensure that this new postage rates table will working correctly within their tool. 

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