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Old 3 Weeks Ago Jul 12, 2020 10:50:22 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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what percentage of the orders on eBay are international? Ballpark?
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Default Re: International Orders

For all but one of my niches, it is essentially ZERO. For my best selling niche, it is about 5%, mostly Europe.

People won't pay that extortionary international shipping to buy from you if they can buy it local. So unless you really connect with an audience in a way that no one closer to home can manage, then don't expect much by way of international sales.

To start off with, I'd keep things simple and not make your listings available outside of USA and Canada. Canada is still expensive to ship to, but much less so than outside of North America, so it's a lower risk introduction to international sales.

I'd also skip eBay's Global Shipping Program. There is more to go wrong with GPS, and it can be slower, and you don't really know what the total shipping charge to your customer is going to be ... some say that GPS charges taxes on items that are below the tax threshold or are a non-taxable item in the destination country, resulting in the customer seeing an inflated shipping cost and bailing from the cart. My only international order that really went wrong was a GPS order, and in the end they did not pay for it or return the package (they routinely auction off or dispose of undeliverable items rather than returning them to sender). But YMMV. Many people seem to like the GPS.
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