03/23/2018 at 3:50 pm #35986
Have you opted in to any of ebay’s international sites? I mean, we’re all on ebay.com, but you can opt in to ebay.uk, ebay.au, etc…. If you opt in to them do your items still ship through the GSP?
03/27/2018 at 12:23 pm #36372
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
03/27/2018 at 1:47 pm #36395
Half my inventory is on ebay.ca, and I have some items that I listed through ebay.co.uk
You can’t use GSP on those sites. Only ebay.com
The reason why I use international sites is that I can get free listings – the negative is that you have to sell in the currency of that website. So my PayPal account is stocked with GBP, US$, and CA$.
However, if you have something that is targeted more towards a different country, it will have a better chance of selling on an international site.
03/27/2018 at 3:48 pm #36423
So when a US citizen buys from you, then you get paid in USD? How do you spend that money from your Paypal account. Who does the currency exchange?
03/27/2018 at 4:07 pm #36428
It’s a little complicated.
When I sell on eBay.com, everything is in US$ – so even a Canadian buying from my ebay.com listing pays in US$. Opposite is if an American buys from an eBay.ca listing showing up on ebay.com – they pay in Canadian $.
PayPal handles the exchange, and eBay will show the price on International Sites in local currency – for example, if I have an item on eBay.ca, it will show up on eBay.co.uk with a converted price in GBP, but the buyer would pay in Canadian dollars in PayPal to me.
When I buy something or withdrawal from my PayPal account, it will convert all funds I take out to the exchange rate PayPal has for Canadian $ when I pull it out for my Canadian Bank Account. If I spend money, for example, $100 USD and I have $80 USD, $30 CAD, and 4 GBP in my account, it will convert what I have in Paypal to cover the $100 USD for the purchase out of the other currencies.
I personally go a step further and have a USD account with my bank – to avoid the various currency exchange fees on PayPal. It also allows me to spend my USD when I come to the U.S. without additional fees.
03/27/2018 at 4:11 pm #36430
–Do you sell most your items on eBay.com? or ebay.ca?
–If we sell something on a site other than ebay.com, does eBay show you where the item was sold, or is it just another sold item in your list.
–When you look at your Paypal account, does it break down your balance in the different currencies?
I only ask these questions because we’ve either never sold an item on an international eBay site, or eBay just lumps all the sales together.
03/29/2018 at 9:36 am #36577
My mix is about 49.5% ebay.com, 49.5% ebay.ca (to get the maximum out of the free listings) and the other few (Formula 1 racing items) I will list on ebay.co.uk
When I sell an item on an international site, it all appears in my sold section on whatever ebay site I am on – so if I am on the U.S. .com website, it will show the item, the original currency (if not U.S.) and the current conversion to US$. On ebay.ca it is the same, but it converts everything to CAD$ and shows the original sales currency.
In Paypal, it breaks down the currencies – so my account when I login will have a “Total” at the top, which is a total of all the currencies converted to CAD$, then it breaks down the currencies by type below it. When I do a withdrawal, I have to take out each currency as a separate transaction – I cannot take out the full lump sum in one go – I have to take out the CAD$, then withdraw the US$, then any other currency.
ebay.ca up until last year had a choice of the currency you wanted to list in (U.S. or Canadian $) – now it forces CAD$
03/29/2018 at 9:39 am #36579
That’s interesting. I assume the that we have never sold an item through an international eBay site because our paypal account is always in USD.
03/29/2018 at 11:20 am #36600
I was 100% USD$ up until about 5 years ago. Everyone tends to know what the local currency is worth compared to a $1 U.S.
I realized that I could play with currencies, and that you could make more per item if you were the only item in that currency.
It also allows me to play around with my listings a bit – for example, if I have something that is fairly common on eBay.com, I may be the only one that lists in CAD$ on ebay.ca – I can charge a premium to a buyer that doesn’t want to buy in USD$, and wants to avoid customs charges for shipping it to Canada. It also wipes out my foreign competition when a buyer selects they only want to look at items in CAD$ or in Canada. It gives me options on items that I can’t really compete with American or other foreign sellers on.
The options of currencies allow some strategies for non-American sellers – especially for “common” items.
For unique items, I always list in US$ to capture the biggest market possible.
03/27/2018 at 1:54 pm #36400
I guess I don’t understand the question: where do you opt into other eBay sites? Is it free? Links help people understand your question better since I assume you’re looking at a page that gives you a choice to opt in.
I assumed that if we were on eBay.com that all our listings showed up across eBay sites as “international sales”. Is this not true?
03/27/2018 at 2:05 pm #36404
It is under:
Selling Manager Pro
List on these worldwide ebay sites
03/27/2018 at 2:12 pm #36406
If you’re logged in, here’s the direct link: http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?SMProSiteSelectionPreference
The choices are:
eBay Canada French
eBay United Kingdom
eBay Hong Kong
I just checked them all right now (except India). Why not?
03/27/2018 at 2:59 pm #36414SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
I only sell through the GPS program, so there is no reason for me to check those boxes.
Maybe if I ever get courageous enough to offer a direct purchase.
03/27/2018 at 3:34 pm #36420
Do we know if buyers on those international sites dont buy through GSP?
03/27/2018 at 3:36 pm #36421SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Inglewood’s comment above is that you can only sell through GSP on ebay.com.
03/27/2018 at 3:47 pm #36422
Ah, thanks. I missed that comment. I haven’t been able to find any info on eBay about GSP and international sites.
03/27/2018 at 4:11 pm #36431
When I look up items on eBay.ca – items from the U.S. with GSP show up in the search results. I can toggle those items on/off on the left hand side under search options if I chose to.
I assume it is the same for all eBay sites – GSP or not – if you choose to list on their websites as part of your settings.
03/27/2018 at 4:19 pm #36432
So items would be sold through GSP on international eBay sites? Im confused.
In a previous comment you said: “You can’t use GSP on those sites. Only ebay.com”
03/29/2018 at 9:30 am #36575
You can only list items with GSP on the U.S. ebay.com website. You can’t list them on international sites.
GSP items are visible on all international sites (I only have used .ca and .co.uk – but assume it shows up everywhere).
03/29/2018 at 9:37 am #36578
–So you can list the items ebay.com through GSP.
–Then if you make these items visible on international sites, these items can be purchased by overseas buyers through GSP.
Am I understanding you correctly? I haven’t been able to find anything on eBay that explains this.
03/29/2018 at 11:00 am #36598
Correct. You can play around with sites like ebay.de to see how your listings appear in a foreign language…pretty strange!
03/28/2018 at 1:45 pm #36499
Thanks for the info everyone. I’d never heard it mentioned before and so was curious if it would be a good thing to try.
10/06/2018 at 2:09 pm #49697MegahausParticipant
I stumbled across this topic and it sent me down a long rabbit hole looking at settings on eBay for my account. I too only have the US box checked on “List on these worldwide eBay sites” preference.
I do FP with BO on most all my listings and I use the GSP exclusively for international sales. I have made several international sales to the UK, Greece, Japan, Mexico and Canada over the last year. So I’m wondering why I would want to turn on other countries sites if this is already happening? I do not exclude any countries in my shipping preferences since GSP will bear the responsibility if something were to happen. And I believe GSP automatically culls the countries to which my item cannot ship due to weight, category exemptions, etc.
Jay- Did I understand from your reply that you did turn on all sites except India? And if so, have you seen any of the international funds showing up in your PayPal account like Inglewood was seeing or are they still USD? And one last question, are you being charged any of the international eBay site fees for listing, selling, etc.
I did take Inglewood’s advice to search several of the international eBay sites and found my items appearing on them.
10/06/2018 at 6:58 pm #49703
Yeah, I turned on all the sites several months ago. Nothing has happened as far as we can tell. Sales happen as usual. No extra sales or fees.
10/06/2018 at 3:58 pm #49699Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
I did look into listing on the French and German eBay sites some time back, but they appeared to be subject to a number of government regulations regarding selling. Which scared me off!
There’s regulations on the UK eBay site concerning consumer protection- basically (I think) cooling-off periods for new products. That appears to be it. Other than that, knives (apart from cutlery) and guns are forbidden. The words ‘knife’ and ‘gun’ in a listing (as far as I remember) bring up a warning.
Not sure about Iranian stuff; I think when I listed a Qajar era brass plate there was a warning, but the situation as regards the EU and sanctions has changed.
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