If you’re an eBayer who’s keen to start selling abroad or begin expanding your online business, it might be helpful to have a look at how to get started selling internationally. If sending parcels to customers across the world sounds like something you’d like to do, then this quick guide to selling internationally on eBay will be right up your street.
1) UNDERSTAND THE TRADING LAWS OF THE COUNTRIES YOU’RE SELLING TO
Before you’ve decided how you’d like to sell your items on eBay, you’ll need to have a quick look at the import rules for each country you’re selling to. For example, if you’re sending something worth over $800 to the United States, then there will be a customs charge that will need to be paid for by the buyer. Or, your item might even be on a prohibited or restricted items list. It’s recommended to look up your items on the customs sites for the country you want to sell to, and see what their rules are. It’s a good idea to let your potential buyers know about these customs fees in your eBay advert.
You can read about eBay’s guidelines about specific items and countries by clicking here.
2) THERE’S TWO WAY TO SELL YOUR ITEMS INTERNATIONALLY ON EBAY
One way to list your items is to put them for sale directly on other international eBay sites. For example, you could list your item on eBay.fr to sell in France or eBay.es to sell in Spain. As your eBay I.D is universal, you can post items on another country’s eBay site in the exact same way as you do for the UK. You’ll pay eBay insertion fees for each individual country eBay site in the same way you do for the UK.
Alternatively, you can write your eBay ad as usual on eBay.co.uk, offer international postage, and use the International Site Visibility upgrade. This mean your items show up on eBay sites in certain countries when buyers search for the items you’re selling. As of March 2016 you can only use this option if you want to sell your items in the United States, Canada and Australia although eBay has said they’ll add more countries to this feature in the future!
3) MEET THE EBAY ACCOUNT REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL SELLING
Before sending internationally on eBay, you’ll need to make sure you meet their account requirements for selling abroad. These include having an eBay.co.uk seller account and also having a minimum of 10 positive feedback points as a seller. You can earn positive feedback by selling within the UK to begin with, and of course giving your customers a good experience!
You’ll also need to make sure you offer PayPal as a payment option. Whilst it used to be a requirement to have PayPal for sales within the UK, it is now only a requirement for international eBay sales. Plus, it is famous for being one of the easiest to use and most secure websites on the internet, so any first-time international buyers might feel more at ease if you offer PayPal. Don’t forget, if you sell directly on eBay’s international sites, you may have to change the settings on your PayPal account to receive funds in different currencies.
4) AGREE TO EBAY’S INTERNATIONAL SELLING AGREEMENT
The first time you sell internationally, eBay will ask you to accept their International Selling Agreement. This includes information about payment and money back guarantees for your customers. Some other policies that may affect you selling internationally include:
- Buyer and seller protection programmes – these help you resolve and disputes that may arise between you and your customers.
- How to make sure all your different accounts (if that applies) remain in high standing
- Duplicate items – you can only list a single item once across all eBay’s sites.
You can read all about these in more detail here.
5) OFFER COMPETITIVE INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY PRICES
Whichever way you decide to sell your items internationally on eBay, you’ll want to make your ads appeal to potential buyers by offering a choice of international delivery options.
To make sure that you get the best international postage rates for your customers, you can use a courier comparison website like My Parcel Delivery. There’s various different international delivery options you can choose from, depending on whether your customer’s priority is speedy delivery or fantastic low rates. Just measure the length, width and height of your parcel, plus the country it’s going to be sent to, enter this information into our quick quote form and you’ll be able to compare delivery prices today.