Friday, February 17, 2006

Going Global on eBay


I'm not a big fan of using eBay to go global. It limits you in so many respects because you sell one item to one buyer. Although you can do this and claim to have "gone global," it's just not the real deal. The real deal is this: Selling full containerloads of products to hundreds of thousands of customers across the planet.

So let's see if I can get a couple of other experts to weigh in with their comments on this December, 2005 commentary. For example, it doesn't have to be so complicated to ship products across borders. UPS has a great, convenient service for small businesses expanding internationally, whether you're shipping one item or several cases. And they're not paying me to say that!

John Yunker, a web globalization expert over at Byte Level Research, might have something to add concerning translation.

Lastly, I wonder if the folks at PayPal (now owned by eBay) want to make a comment or two ... lucky for them, BidPay, which is mentioned in the article as even better than PayPal -- has since gone out of business!

Read the article here.

P.S. Going global is nowhere near as hard as the author makes it look! Trust me!


John Yunker said...

Global commerce on a small scale is a big issue these days. i agree that this article makes it all look a lot more complex than it really is. But in terms of translation, there are two developments worth looking at:

1. QuikDrop, a chain of eBay drop-off stores will start offering translations for clients. I couldn't find pricing and am not sure who the agency is that will provide the service; here's the press release

2. I was emailed recently by the founder of a startup that provides automatic translation for buyers and sellers. The company is called Dekadu and it just went live.

Laurel Delaney said...

Thanks John. I always respect your input because you are on top of the web globalization game.
Best, Laurel

Jack DeNeut said...

We (Dekadu) also have a corporate blog at I'm writing about all the challenges of starting a cross-border C2C platform.

Laurel Delaney said...

Thanks Jack. Interesting stuff! Let us know how we can help.