Amazon Seller Central UK - sending products abroad

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Hi

In Amazon UK Seller Central there is a 'Headline' article about shipping abroad:

If you currently only ship products to the UK, you could be missing out on a big growth opportunity. By increasing your shipping settings to serve customers outside the UK, you could grow your sales dramatically. With the multitude of easy and fast international shipping options offered by today’s delivery companies, why not set your sights on a global customer base?

Update your shipping capabilities today to benefit from more customers, in more locations, buying your products.

Changing your shipping options to enable global shipping is quick and easy to do: from the ‘Settings’ tab, click the ‘Shipping Settings’ link, then click the ‘Edit shipping configuration’ button and choose where you are willing to ship.

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience in this? If we set our shipping preferences to ship worldwide, do our items show up within other Amazon sites? Or is it more likely that there'll just be a trickle of sales from buyers in Europe who are specifically searching on Amazon.co.uk? Anyone had any success, or any CA staff offer anything on this?

Cheers
Mark

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Derek Dobson
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Hi mark

I would be interested to hear of anybody elses experience.
We have limited ourselves to UK only whilst we learn the somewhat 'odd' Amazon system...

Jonathan Mantel
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Hi Mark

This could be great, although it would be even better if CA implemented Amazon France and Germany.

Just a couple of questions though - do you have to make the change in seller central or can it be done through CA. Also do you have any idea on how to change Amazon shipping rates?

Hope you can help

Jonny

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I asked Amazon the question. Basically you don't get additional exposure on other Amazon sites (as we kind of guessed) as they all have individual catalogs.

But as there are only a handful of Amazon sites, people outside the UK apparently go to Amazon UK quite a lot. Amazon themselves ship their products worldwide, so apparently a lot of people from outside the UK know that they can buy from the UK and have it shipped worldwide. So I guess its a bit of a no-brainer!

The worldwide shipping model must be configured through Seller Central. Amazons shipping fee model will be a little harder to configure for shipping outside the UK (some go Airmail, some go courier which is a big difference pricewise) but I guess the benifits will, overall, outweigh the problems.....I think we'll give it a go.

We're just working with Intercultural Elements so I also hope that they bring Amazon FR and DE soon too, translation is next on our list ;-)

James Scott
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 We're currently looking at adding support for Amazon France and Germany, but do not expect that to happen before the end of the year.

It's worth remembering that the largest online retailer in France is Pixmania, not Amazon. In fact Amazon several orders of magnitude smaller than Pixmania. All CA clients can use the existing Pixmania integration to list products on Pixmania France.

James.

James Scott
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Jonathan Mantel
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Well we definitely be adding this as an option. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. We also use Intercultural Elements for our translations and have found the process financially extremely rewarding. We have pretty much tripled our products going out the door since we have started selling on the European eBay platforms hence our strong interest in having other European platforms.

Jonathan Mantel
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We have had products listed on Pixmania in the UK for a few of months and in France for at least 6 weeks. However, we are not seeing the return that we were expecting at all. We sell consumer electronics and computer peripherals so we fit in with Pix's core products but the rate of return is nowhere near where we felt it was going to be. Admittedly France has been better than the UK but for the amount of work and effort we have devoted to the setup we are dissapointed. This is not to say that we won't list products, because there are no listings fee's, but we just feel that there is something missing as far as Pix drawing people in. Certainly here in the UK they get very little exposure and there is no advertising for them. Do you have any idea if tehy will be more aggresive in the future in attracting people to the platform?

James Scott
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 Hi Jonny.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It's hard for me to tell what the reasons would be for your low sales in FR on Pixmania - there are many possible factors, including things within and outside your control. As on Amazon UK, just listing products does not guarantee success - price, feedback, availability, etc all play a part, as does the general demand for the specific products you are listing.

I recommend you continue to work with your account manager at Pixmania to look at your specific products and gain some insight into why sales are lower than expected. Hopefully they will be able to give you some pointers on how to improve. I know they definately want their third party sellers to be successful, so I'm sure they will be happy to help.

As for Pixmania UK, I believe they are firstly concentrating on increasing the selection on the site (using third party sellers) before turning up the wick on the marketing campaigns. Again - get as many products as you can listed so you're in a good position to take advantage of the demand when it arrives.

James.

James Scott
ChannelAdvisor UK