UK sellers, already infuriated that .co.uk items have been removed from the default search results on eBay.com, are not going to be pleased that .com items will now appear by default in some UK categories. eBay stress that this is a “two month test”, and further tests in the future may see UK listings appear by default on other national sites, “with the aim of giving them the most appropriate visibility worldwide”.
UK sellers are, I feel, likely to think that eBay define “most appropriate” as “giving the largest advantage to US sellers”. The timing of this change, frankly, stinks: many UK sellers are still smarting and trying to formulate new sales strategies to deal with the loss of their US market, of which they had been given no warning. To give US sellers this extra advantage right now displays nothing but contempt for British eBay sellers.
UK buyers, meanwhile, may wonder why some electrical items are being included in this test, when the US and UK electrical systems are not compatible. If you think transAtlantic DVD deals are problematic, you ain’t seen nothing yet!