Several UK sellers have noticed over the last couple of days that their items were no longer showing up on the default search from eBay.com. As usual, there has been no announcement about this change, but one seller on the UK International Trading message board was told that
During the week of January 29, 2007, eBay will be testing a feature where items listed on eBay UK (ebay.co.uk) will not appear in search results on eBay U.S (ebay.com). Members can still choose to view these listings by selecting “Worldwide” as a search option from the search results page. Additionally, items located in the UK that are originally listed on eBay U.S. will still appear in eBay U.S. search results.
Frankly, I don’t think anyone should be shocked by this. .com is the only eBay site which defaults to include other countries’ listings, and changing that has been talked about for at least seven years that I know about. I would predict that the change will be made permanent, but really, those who are crying that their businesses are “ruined” are overreacting. There is nothing to stop UK sellers who want to sell to the US market listing directly on eBay.com, and in fact that’s the strategy we’d recommend, given the well-known problems with American buyers not understanding what “GBP” means.
Meanwhile US sellers who were threatening to move their inventory to the UK to take advantage of lower listing fees on media items might want to think again.