Here is the gist of the announcement from Stephanie Tilenius, General Manager eBay North America:
Coming Soon: International Site Visibility Listing Upgrade
In May, we're giving sellers who list on US and Canada sites a better option for international exposure by introducing the International Site Visibility listing upgrade. With this listing upgrade, sellers will be able to list on their local site and pay a
small upgrade fee so that their listing also shows up in the main default search
results to buyers across the Atlantic on eBay.co.uk – two sites for a great price.
In the US, the fees to use this optional upgrade are as follows:
- Start Price $0.01 -9.99 - International Site Visibility Listing Upgrade Fee is 10
- Start Price $10 - 49.99 - International Site Visibility Listing Upgrade
Fee is 20 cents.
- Start Price $50+ - International Site Visibility Listing Upgrade
Fee is 40 cents.
The International Site Visibility listing upgrade offers sellers who want to expand their international business a great value – items with this upgrade show up by default for international buyers in the market selected in addition to the buyers in the seller's own market. This makes international listing economical and easier to manage than listing separately for international sites.
Data shows that depending on the category and start-price, it only takes one or two extra bids from international buyers to make up the cost of the International Site Visibility fee. For PowerSellers, using this feature also ensures that these UK sales are counted towards their Final Value Fee discounts.
Now, I haven't had time enough to digest this announcement yet, to give you my opinion but I will take a look at it and post my 12%. One thing to remember is that the eBay UK, Ireland and Canadian sites are all getting a comparable offer to list on the US site so there will be even greater competition coming from overseas.
Here is a post on the Tamebay blog from the perspective of eBay UK sellers.
My 12% still to come - In the meantime give me yours!