My May eBay challenge – Day 22

As of EOD 21st May
Target: £231
Actual: £283.60

Looks like I will reach my target.  Only need to sell another £60 worth of items with still more than a week to go.

So far my May eBay challenge updates, have been to do with increasing traffic to your store or listings.  In this post, I want to share with you a very effective technique for increasing sales once you have visitors to your listings.

If you are in the UK, like I am, you know we are suffering from very bad currency exchange rates.  Well, you can use this to your advantage on eBay, or indeed any other online auction site.  The fact that us Brits do not get as many Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, Japanese Yen, Egyptian pounds etc etc, for our pound, means that items are more expensive for us abroad.  Well, if you turn that around, it means that residents of these countries will find items cheaper when shopping in the UK, including on eBay.co.uk.

So, make your items available to international buyers.  To do this, select ‘will ship worldwide’ when completing the postage section of the listing.   Do not overcharge on your postage outside your country of residence.  If it costs you £2.60 to send your item to another EU country, only charge this, or slightly more to cover your postage.  Say £3.00.  On today’s exchange rate, this is only 3.30 Euros.  You will probably find this is not much more than postage from a domestic seller of their country.

This is what I do, and I am sending items outside of the UK on a daily basis.  I have sold to many countries, including:

  • Norway
  • Holland
  • Ireland
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Greece
  • Israel

If you list auction style listings, and you list on eBay.co.uk, for an extra 5p, you can have international visibility.  This option is not available on Buy it now listings, but international buyers will still find you if they want the product you have on offer.

If you don’t already ship abroad, you want to start, and your sales will increase.  I guarantee it.

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