Finally some good news for UK sellers regarding visibility on the .com site: in collectables categories, it’s going to be restored. The quid pro quo is that US listings will show up on eBay UK, but for most sellers, this will be a price worth paying for access to the much larger American market.
There are of course some conditions:
- the item must be listed in the Antiques, Art, Coins, Collectables, Dolls & Bears, Pottery, Porcelain & Glass or Stamps categories
- PayPal must be one of the payment options offered
- the price of international postage (to the UK for US sellers, and vice versa) must be specified
- the item must be located in the UK if listing on .co.uk, and in the US if listing on .com
- one additional condition for US sellers only: they must have feedback of 100 or more, at 98% positive.
eBay are careful to emphasise that this is a test: items will show on the other site by default “at least until the new year”, but don’t count on it as a permanent state of affairs. Of course, this won’t please sellers who list in categories outside the Collectables area, nor Irish sellers who have been equally badly hit by the loss of US visibility. But for some, this change should bring Christmas a little earlier this year.