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Alternative Marketplaces at Home and Worldwide: Roundup 2019

It’s not all about Amazon and eBay. Here are our best articles on alternative marketplaces both domestically and all around the globe.

Selling Internationally? Look Beyond Amazon and eBay

One of the biggest challenges for online sellers is deciding on the right platform to sell their products. For many, there will be a natural inclination towards one of the heavyweights – Amazon or eBay. Both have their merits and downfalls as we discussed in our recent article on eBay vs Amazon.

But why put all your eggs in one basket? “Alternative” marketplaces are making an impact all around the world. In the U.S., niche players such as Etsy and Reverb have emerged, and internet giants Facebook and Google have launched their own business-friendly marketplaces.

In many other countries, including Japan, China, India and Brazil, ecommerce has long been dominated by online marketplaces other than Amazon and eBay.

So, in this roundup I’ve pulled together our best posts on alternative marketplaces in the U.S. and across the world.

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eBay Global Shipping Program: All Your Questions Answered

eBay’s Global Shipping Program allows sellers to access international customers and reach new markets, but is it the best option for sellers?

Parcels being delivered around the world

International shipping is a complex activity. There are a multitude of considerations from customs duties and taxes, to long delivery time frames and flawed parcel tracking.

eBay’s Global Shipping Program (GSP) aims to make international shipping easy for eBay sellers. With GSP you only have to ship your product to a warehouse in your own country, then eBay takes over and handles international delivery to the buyer.

But how well does the program work? What are the pros and cons? And is it really the best way to ship internationally?

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Is It Time to Break Into The DACH Ecommerce Market?

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including the main shopping channels.

Oktoberfest beer representing DACH countries

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively known as the DACH countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are closely connected both geographically and culturally, and are very successful economically.

DACH countries have a population of just under 100 million (around 80% of which live in Germany) and over 80% of consumers use the internet. The prospects for ecommerce in these three German-speaking countries starts to look pretty good.

There is also a significant year-on-year growth in dollars spent online across these countries. Germany, for example, has seen an increase in spend of just under $10 billion every year between 2015 and 2017. A similar increase is forecast for 2018, bringing the total to nearly $100 billion.

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EU Declaration of Conformity: What Amazon Sellers Need to Know

Amazon is asking sellers on its European sites for their products’ Declaration of Conformity. What is a DoC and how can sellers get one?

This post is by Ferry Vermeulen, Founder of INSTRKTIV, a company which helps businesses develop compliant product documentation and user manuals.

When selling certain products on Amazon in Europe, the platform requires you to submit a Declaration of Conformity. A Declaration of Conformity (or DoC) proves that the product complies with European product safety legislation.

Depending on the EU directives that apply to your product, there are different requirements on the content of the Declaration. Amazon is very strict and only approves products that include a compliant Declaration. They often decline products without giving a reason, so the seller has to work out what’s missing for themselves.

This article will explain what a Declaration of Conformity is, when you need one, and how you can draft and submit a compliant DoC.

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Ecommerce in Scandinavia: Affluent Consumers and a Growing Market

Jacques van der Wilt takes a look at the ecommerce market in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, including the main shopping channels.

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt, the founder of global feed management and optimization company DataFeedWatch.

Collectively, Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland – spent a massive €20.5 billion on ecommerce in 2017.

With a high standard of living and the percentage of internet users continuing to rise, we are highly likely to see Nordic ecommerce spending rise rapidly as well.

So, where do Scandinavians shop online and what are the current ecommerce trends?

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